On That Note


Blondie "Rapture"

After losing sleep this past Thursday night as to what I'd be enlightening you all to today, it finally dawned on me at 8:18 PM on Sunday that it indeed would be Blondie's "Rapture," despite having bought a-ha's "Take on Me" and Daft Punk's "One More Time" earlier in the day off of iTunes for 69 cents a pop.  With the fourth of July just two days away, I wanted to play into the theme of the holiday: America, Freedom, Uncle Sam.  After coming to this scene in the music video for "Rapture," it hit me like a bomb, especially considering the fact that I was listening to the song already thinking I'd possibly post about it.  Uncle Sam is not without a sense of irony...

I remember hearing "Rapture" for the first time: my parents were watching We Own the Night on FX some Saturday afternoon about a year and a half ago.  I wasn't paying much attention to the film until I heard the tonic e minor of the repeating bass line.  I had no idea then that it was Blondie, especially since I had only heard the instrumental.  Digging into the film's soundtrack yielded no success in finding the track - I automatically dismissed the possibility of it being Blondie, assuming it was instrumental background music only.

Apart from the already mentioned bass line, the track was the first to top charts featuring a rap included in it. Synthesizer and guitar keep momentum throughout the song with light percussion.  Solo saxophone resumes the rhythmic melody of the da capa rap pioneered by Deborah Harry.

Until next time

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