Blondie

Denis

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An enormous UK hit that was ignored in the states (Blondie didn't break through in their native land until "Heart of Glass"), "Denis" is a Frenchified cross-gender version of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 hit "Denise" -- "Denise" being approximately how the French male name Denis is pronounced, Debbie Harry didn't have to change a word of the song -- that solidifies Blondie's early reputation as '60s-obsessed funsters. Although the arrangement is slightly modified for a post-Ramones world (Chris Stein's guitars are a bit distorted and Clem Burke's drums are much louder than they would have been 15 years before), this is in no way a punky rave-up: indeed, had Richard Gottehrer produced this single for his own band the Strangeloves back in the mid-'60s, it would have sounded much like this.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Plastic Letters 1978 Chrysalis Records 2:22
No Image 1981 Polygram
The Best of Blondie 1981 Chrysalis Records 0:00
Once More Into the Bleach 1988 Chrysalis Records 5:24
Blonde and Beyond 1993 Chrysalis Records 2:17
The Platinum Collection 1994 Chrysalis Records 2:16
Denis 1997 Disky 2:17
Sound of the Suburbs [#1] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:17
The Best of Blondie [CEMA Special Products] 1999 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:19
40 Hits: 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:17
Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie 1999 EMI Music Distribution 5:23
Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:18
No Image 1999 Five Dollar 2:10
The Very Best Superstars 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:17
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:17
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 2:18
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:18
20 Number 2's of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:17
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:16
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:18
Greatest Video Hits 2002 Capitol
Party! Party! 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:16
70-Tals Klassiker 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best of Blondie [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 2:19
Retro 80's, Vol. 5 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:16
Best of Blondie [Platinum Disc] 2003 Platinum Disc 2:19
Almost There! CD3: A Collection Of The Greatest Original No. 2 Hits 2003
Various Artists
Disky 2:17
Blondie [Collection] 2003 Platinum Disc 2:18
Almost There! A Collection of the Greatest Original Number 2 Hits [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:17
Singles Box 2004 Capitol / EMI Records / EMI Music Distribution 2:18
Going Underground: Teenage Kicks, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:17
Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision 2006 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 2:18
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 EMI Music Distribution 2:16
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Capitol 2:19
Pure: 70s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:19
Pure Party 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:17
Charts Pur: Pop & Wave 2009
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:16
Blondie Singles Collection: 1977-1982 2009 EMI Music Distribution / Chrysalis Records / EMD Int'l
Songpack 2009 Chrysalis Records 2:17
Essential 2011 Capitol / EMI / EMI Gold 2:18
Atomic/Atomix EMI Digital / Parlophone 5:22
No Image
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 2:15
Denis Chrysalis Records / EMI 2:15
Jackie: The Annual 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:18
Massive Hits! Punk Rock
Various Artists
EMI 2:16
Massive Hits! Seventies
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:21
Massive Hits!: Rock
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:18