In the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mike Damone demonstrates his “five point plan” for picking up women on a cardboard cutout of Blondie singer Debbie Harry. Harry (or at least her cardboard doppelganger) is dressed in a revealing, skin-tight red dress, and has a look of casual – yet sexy - disinterest (inasmuch as one can have a look of disinterest when they’re made of cardboard).
Flash-forward 30 years to Monday night – Harry, looking nowhere remotely close to her 67 years – flashed the same sultriness and attitude throughout a hugely entertaining (though short) set at the State Theater. Her voice, while not quite as high as it once was, is still spectacular, and when coupled with her ability to vamp it up on stage, solidifies her place as one of the all-time great female vocalists.
Blondie kicked off the set with two greatest hits, “Dreaming” and “Hanging on the Telephone” before delving into material from last year’s Panic of Girls. The old tracks were given new life – the addition of guitarist Tommy Kessler is especially noticeable – and the new tracks fit right in with the solid 80s vibe.