Blondie On The Making of “The Tide Is High”

Chris Stein and Debbie Harry Chat Reggae on the RBMA Couch

Our peoples at the Red Bull Music Academy just posted the video of Blondie’s lecture at RBMA 2013 in New York City. Chris Stein and Debbie Harry, founding members of the legendary NYC punk/rock/rap/reggae fusion band, dropped science about how the innovative band came together in the 1970s. Reshma B got on mic to ask about the making of Blondie’s No. 1 smash hit, “The Tide Is High,”  a cover of the The Paragons’ rock steady classic. Video After The Jump…

Lecture: Debbie Harry & Chris Stein (New York, 2013) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.
Skip to the 1 hour 22 minute 30 second mark to hear Blondie’s Chris Stein chatting bout reggae with the ReggaeGirlAboutTown

Let’s check out the original Paragons version of the tune, and then trace how Blondie’s chart-topping cover inspired future generations to reinterpret the tune… Which version rocks the best?

Lick It Back From The Top: The Paragons “The Tide Is High” (1967)

Blondie “The Tide Is High” (1980)

Atomic Kitten “The Tide Is High” (2002)

Kardinall Offishall ft. Keri Hilson “Tide Is High (Numba 1)” (2002)

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