Going Blonde with
Jimmy Destri
By: Gus Bernadicou
Jimmy Destri was a founding member, key songwriter, and driving force behind the band Blondie. He has released a solo record, played with David Bowie, and has recently started a new band. Here is
Jimmy Destri:
Punk Globe:
Could you give the readers some background on yourself?
Jimmy Destri:
I was born in Brooklyn NY in 1954 to a somewhat artistic and un-balanced extended family. I lived in a dream-world and didn’t realize that that was okay until I was 20 or something.
Punk Globe:
How did Blondie get their start?
Jimmy Destri:
We started very slowly. We weren’t an overnight success by any means and we struggled for awhile. We were lucky enough to have been in the right city, scene and environment at the right time, namely, CBGB’s before that became an institution.
Punk Globe:
Being a songwriter, are your songs poetry?
Jimmy Destri:
That depends on your definition of poetry
Punk Globe:
What inspires your songs? Having such upbeat songs do you ever base anything off of oppression or depression?
Jimmy Destri:
All songs begin with the attempt to describe o emulate a feeling. I’ve never been oppressed but I certainly know depression. I don’t really have enough self awareness to remember if any of my material is born of depression. Maybe.
Punk Globe:
On behalf of the world, who is the song “Rip Her to Shreds” about?
Jimmy Destri:
You would have to ask Debbie Harry.
Punk Globe:
You were one of the first New York Punk bands to get signed. Do you think Blondie was the most talented or just in the right place at the right time?
Jimmy Destri:
I think we were a little bit of both.
Punk Globe:
Who was the inspiration that helped craft Blondie’s sound? What is Blondie’s sound?
Jimmy Destri:
The Farfisa organ was heap.
Punk Globe:
Blondie’s sound, of course, changed throughout the years of their success. Was it changing with the times or was there a catalyst force pushing the sound?
Jimmy Destri:
We were able to afford better gear and we were hearing things that were going on in other genres.
Punk Globe:
You also released a solo record; it hints at Blondie’s potential. Being so fundamental in Blondie, could you escape, once again, the Blondie-sound?
Jimmy Destri:
It would be impossible for myself or Chris to be defined outside of the “Blondie sound.”
Punk Globe:
Although, throughout the years, your solo album has received mixed reviews do you still find it to be accurate representation of yourself?
Jimmy Destri:
I remember that most of the reviews were good. As for an accurate epresentation, that changes with time although I still like performing certain songs from that record.
Punk Globe:
Also receiving mixed reviews is the last two original Blondie albums, “Auto-American” and “The Hunter,” what’s the scoop on the last album?
Jimmy Destri:
We were not getting along very well nor were we very involved in a group effort.
Punk Globe:
And then in the 1990’s you came back, with Blondie, and had a number one hit in England. What was the motivation behind reforming?
Jimmy Destri:
The # 1 was in 14 countries. That was motivation enough.
Punk Globe:
Having only a number one hit in England with the come-back tune “Maria”, do you yearn to conquer America, again?
Jimmy Destri:
Again, it was 14 countries.
Punk Globe:
WHY aren’t you in Blondie anymore?
Jimmy Destri:
I don’t like the direction they’ve taken.
Punk Globe:
What’s the scoop on Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison?
Jimmy Destri:
They’re fine and living well.
Punk Globe:
Frank still plays with Clem Burke though…
Jimmy Destri:
They’re old friends.
Punk Globe:
Have you heard Blondie’s new album? Do you plan to? It’s getting rave reviews…
Jimmy Destri:
I’m glad.
Punk Globe:
You also have a new band, what’s the scoop?!
Jimmy Destri:
I just wanted my own band.
Punk Globe:
Can we expect a world tour?
Jimmy Destri:
Probably not.
Punk Globe:
A new album?
Jimmy Destri:
Probably.
Punk Globe:
Lastly, have you heard your sister, Donna’s new tunes? Can we expect a collaboration?
Jimmy Destri:
Probably.
Punk Globe would like to thank Jimmy Destri for the fun interview...




Name:

(30 Characters Max)

Comment: @ 5:41:51 24/07/17

(255 Characters Max)

Leave this empty:


Comments on
Jimmy Destri