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Blondie was unusual among the New York punk bands in that they were unafraid to dabble in the cheesiest conventions of pop music, not out of their much-vaunted "sense of irony," but because they genuinely loved them. As a result, Blondie was the only New York punk band to write many honest-to-AM love songs, and "Dreaming" is probably the gooiest of the lot. For all the downtown hipster references of Debbie Harry's lyrics, the soaring chorus is as googly eyed as Davy Jones in any episode of The Monkees where he falls in love with that week's guest star, and she jumps into it with the guileless verve of Lesley Gore singing "Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows." The song's real stars, however, are Chris Stein's bumblebee buzz guitar riff and especially Clem Burke, who overplays like Keith Moon on espresso-laced purple hearts, throwing utterly unnecessary rolls and fills into nearly every bar of the song. It's an amazing performance, possibly the most over-the-top effort by a rock & roll drummer in the entire 1970s, and a must to hear.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1979 Chrysalis Records / EMI 3:08
No Image 1981 Polygram
The Best of Blondie 1981 Chrysalis Records 3:08
No Image 1983 Warner Home Video
No Image 1990 Chrysalis Records
Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:04
Rock Dreams [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:41
The Platinum Collection 1994 Chrysalis Records 3:03
The Remix Project 1995 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 7:40
SLC Punk 1999
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:06
The Best of Blondie [CEMA Special Products] 1999 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:05
Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie 1999 EMI Music Distribution 6:21
Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:03
No Image 1999 Five Dollar 3:16
Rock Dreams, Vol. 2 [Platinum Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:58
Totally Pop [1999] 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:05
Music of the Twentieth Century: 1960-1979 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:04
Greatest Video Hits 2002 Capitol
Best of Blondie [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 3:05
The Original 80's Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Best of Blondie [Platinum Disc] 2003 Platinum Disc 3:05
Almost There! CD2: A Collection Of The Greatest Original No. 2 Hits 2003
Various Artists
Disky 3:16
Blondie [Collection] 2003 Platinum Disc 3:06
Almost There! A Collection of the Greatest Original Number 2 Hits [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 3:04
Singles Box 2004 Capitol / EMI Records / EMI Music Distribution 3:08
Video Hits 2005 Capitol
Absolutely the Best of the 70's, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:06
Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision 2006 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 3:06
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Capitol 3:06
Desperately Seeking Susan: The Original Blondie Hits 2007 Chrysalis Records / Parlophone 3:06
The Collection 2008 EMI / EMD Int'l / EMI Gold 3:06
Zack and Miri Make a Porno [Music from the Motion Picture] 2008
Original Soundtrack
Bulletproof / Verve 3:04
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:04
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:06
Essential 2011 Capitol / EMI / EMI Gold 3:06
70s Summer Party 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:04
Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux/Ghosts of Download 2014 Noble Id 3:05
Completely Under the Covers 2015 Edsel 2:54
T2: Trainspotting [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2017
Original Soundtrack
Interscope / Polydor 3:06
10 Great Songs Capitol 3:07
Atomic/Atomix EMI Digital / Parlophone 6:21
For Dad
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:04