Dreaming (Blondie song)

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"Dreaming"
Blondie - Dreaming.jpg
Single by Blondie
from the album Eat to the Beat
B-side
  • "Sound-A-Sleep"
  • "Living in the Real World"
Released September 14, 1979
Format 7" single
Genre Power pop[1]
Length 3:08
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Chris Stein, Debbie Harry
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"One Way or Another"
(1979)
"Dreaming"
(1979)
"Union City Blue"
(1979)
Audio sample

"Dreaming" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie. Released in 1979, it was the lead single from their fourth album Eat to the Beat.[2] It peaked at #2 on the UK singles chart and #27 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Background

The lyrics for "Dreaming" originated from the line, "dreaming is free," which band member Chris Stein thought of.[3] After hearing the music for the song that Stein wrote, Debbie Harry wrote the rest of the lyrics.[3] Musically, "Dreaming" is a fast-paced new wave song. Stein has since claimed that "Dreaming" is "pretty much a copy" of "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.[3]

According to the band's keyboardist Jimmy Destri, the song - like many from the Eat to the Beat album - was recorded live in the studio.[4] The song also features a frantic drum performance by drummer Clem Burke. Burke said of his drumming on the song: "The reason why "Dreaming" came out the way it did is because [producer Mike Chapman] really gave me free rein and it was really a surprise."[4]

"Dreaming" was released on September 14, 1979 as the first single from Eat to the Beat, and enjoyed its biggest success as a single in the UK, peaking at #2 on the singles chart. It proved equally as popular in neighbouring Ireland as well as in Canada, reaching #3 and #4 respectively. In the US, "Dreaming" peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Blondie's third Top 40 hit there (after "Heart of Glass" (#1) and "One Way or Another" (#24) earlier in the year). While the US release of the single had "Living in the Real World" as the B-side, the British version used "Sound-A-Sleep" instead. Both of these songs also feature on the Eat to the Beat album.

"Dreaming" has since been featured on multiple compilation albums, such as The Best of Blondie, The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie, Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie, and Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. Blondie re-recorded the song for the 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux.

Music video

A music video was produced to promote the single featuring Debbie Harry wearing a solid blue unitard and matching sheer blouse designed by Stephen Sprouse.[5]

Charts and certifications

Release history


UK 7" (CHS 2359, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Sound-A-Sleep" (Harry, Stein) — 4:18


US 7" (CHS 2379, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Living in the Real World" (Jimmy Destri) — 2:53


US 12" Promo (CHS14-PDJ, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08

Cover versions

References

  1. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (2002). "Billboard 14 december 2002". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. "The near-capacity crowd (...) then went wild when they heard Burke 's unmistakable drum roll intro to "Dreaming," perhaps the band's definitive power-pop single."
  2. ^ Rae Cohen, Debra (November 30, 1983). "Eat to the Beat". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ a b c "Dreaming". songfacts.com.
  4. ^ a b Porter, Dick; Needs, Kris (2017-02-13). Blondie: Parallel Lines. ISBN 9780857127808.
  5. ^ Cathy Che (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.96
  6. ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blondie – Dreaming" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
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  9. ^ "Dreaming - BLONDIE". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Archived from the original on April 9, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013. Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 14
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 11, December 08 1979". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
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  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Blondie – Dreaming". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 4th result when searching "Dreaming"
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie - Dreaming" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
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  16. ^ "Charts.nz – Blondie – Dreaming". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Blondie – Dreaming". VG-lista. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blondie – Dreaming". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
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  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  22. ^ "Canadian 1979 Top 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  23. ^ "Top Singles 1979". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 22 December 1979. p. 27.
  24. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Blondie – Dreaming". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Dreaming in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Aeroplane Flies High review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  27. ^ Jason Damas. "At Least, At Last review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
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  29. ^ "Katy Goodman / Greta Morgan: Take It, It's Yours Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-11-15.

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