Blondie, Devo tap into 1980s nostalgia for upcoming tour

Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:55pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blondie and Devo, two pioneering bands of new wave music played different styles during their heyday, but more than three decades later, they've found common ground for an upcoming U.S. tour that vibrates with 1980s nostalgia.

Blondie, formed by Deborah Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke in 1975, came up through the ranks of New York City's punk rock scene in the late 1970s, breaking into mainstream pop with their album "Parallel Lines."

Devo, formed in 1972 by brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and named for their concept that people of Earth were in a stage of "de-evolution," gained a loyal following with their wild costumes and high-energy music epitomized by the 1980 hit "Whip It."

The pair plan to "Whip It to Shreds" - the name of their brief U.S. tour of 13 cities starting September 7.

"It seemed like a nice, complimentary fit because it takes us back all the way to the very beginning," Devo singer Mark Mothersbaugh told Reuters as tickets went on sale last Friday.

Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, echoed Mothersbaugh's sentiments, adding that their music may resonate even deeper with today's audience - both young and old.

"I've always really loved their songs and their music and their crazy style," Harry said about Devo. "Back in the day, it was very fresh and advanced. I think it's more contemporary today than it was back then."

Harry, 66, who has toured annually for the past 15 years and launched her own solo career, said she still loves hitting the road to play live.   Continued...

Singer Deborah Harry performs at the 2011 Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) gala in Los Angeles November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten