And here’s the album’s track listing:
Blondie are back in action, and on May 5 the iconic band will release a new album titled Pollinator.
The announcement came on Wednesday, along with some intriguing details about this, the band’s first new record since 2014’s Ghosts of Download and 11th overall.
For Pollinator, the band — principal songwriters Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, along with drummer Clem Burke, bassist Leigh Foxx, Matt Katz-Bohen on keys and Tommy Kessler on guitars — worked with an impressive list of writers and producers. Here’s the album’s lead single, the disco-flavored “Fun,” which was written by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio:
From the press release:
For their most collaborative album to date, recorded at NYC’s famed studio The Magic Shop, Blondie enlisted an eclectic group of songwriters who have offered their own interpretation of Blondie’s legacy back to the very band that helped to shape their own musical DNA. TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek returns Blondie to a 21st Century Studio 54 on “Fun.” Blood Orange frontman Dev Hynes penned “Long Time,” a song about “racing down the Bowery” and wondering if life turned out the way you wanted it to. The Sia-penned track “Best Day Ever,” a collaboration with The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, ponders the push-pull of bittersweet memories. The Charli XCX tune “Gravity” bonds Charli and Debbie in their mutual pop-punk cheekiness. “My Monster” comes courtesy of The Smiths’ Johnny Marr. “Fragments,” the contribution from Adam Johnston aka an Unkindess, was first heard as a sample on the Canadian indie artist’s YouTube movie reviews.
Harry and Stein’s instantly addictive “Doom Or Destiny” boasts vocals from the invincible Joan Jett while their carnival-esque “Love Level” features vocals from cross dressing comedian/singer and Bob’s Burgers regular John Roberts. The Gregory Brothers (founders of Songify the News) appear on “When I Gave Up On You.” Renowned creative pioneer Laurie Anderson appears on “Tonight,” a hidden track penned by Charli XCX song found only on the CD version of the album.
1. “Doom or Destiny”
2. “Long Time”
3. “Already Naked”
5. “My Monster”
6. “Best Day Ever”
8. “When I Gave Up On You”
9. “Love Level”
10. “Too Much”
Pre-orders for Pollinator are up at Blondie’s official site now — and stay tuned for more news regarding the album, the band’s tour plans and more!