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Blondie - Autoamerican

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Autoamerican is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Blondie. It was released in November 1980 and reached #3[5] in the UK charts, #7 in the US, and #8 in Australia.
The album was a radical departure for the band, with opening track "Europa" setting the pace. The track is a dramatic instrumental overture featuring orchestral arrangements and ending with vocalist Debbie Harry declaiming a passage about automobile culture over an electronic soundtrack. Besides rock and pop tracks, the band explored a wide range of other musical genres: "Here's Looking at You" and "Faces" show jazz and blues influences, the reggae hit "The Tide Is High" was a cover of The Paragons' 1967 Jamaican ska hit, whereas "Rapture" combined funk, rock, jazz, and even saw them embracing the then emerging genre of rap. The closing track, "Follow Me", was a cover of a torch song from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1960 Broadway musical Camelot.

Track listing

Side One
1."Europa"  Chris Stein3:31
2."Live It Up"  Stein4:09
3."Here's Looking at You"  Debbie Harry, Stein2:58
4."The Tide Is High" (Cover of The Paragons)John Holt, Howard Barrett, Tyrone Evans4:39
5."Angels on the Balcony"  Laura Davis, Jimmy Destri3:47
6."Go Through It"  Harry, Stein2:40
Side Two
7."Do the Dark"  Destri3:51
8."Rapture"  Harry, Stein6:30
9."Faces"  Harry3:51
10."T-Birds"  Nigel Harrison, Harry3:56
11."Walk Like Me"  Destri3:44
12."Follow Me"  Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe

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