People called Blondie “sellouts” when “Heart of Glass” hit it big. Guitarist and writer Chris Stein didn’t care. He knew they were onto something. Incorporating dance, rap, reggae and ’60s girl group sensibilities, Blondie catapulted new wave into the public eye. In this episode, Chris Stein remembers the dark and gritty New York that he once inhabited, and outlines the complicated technical process that went into making Blondie’s chart-topping hit.

beat:repeat NYC is a celebration of iconic New York City anthems and the drum machines that underpinned them.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
A Yours Truly Production
Director: Alex Warren
Executive Producer: Will Abramson
Creative Director: Babak Khoshnoud
Director of Photography: Tyler McPherron
Editor: Alex Warren
Assistant Editor: Andrew Sales
Field Producer: Sarah Schutzki
Field Sound: Joel Sadler
Original Music: Salva
Additional Music: Ian Becker
Archivist: Jeff Seelbach
Motion Design: Noe Chavez
Sound Mixer: Jake Viator
Colorist: Ayumi Ashley
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