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Blondie’s Debbie Harry admits having a facelift in the 1990s

June 24, 2011

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Debbie Harry has admitted she had a facelift in the early 1990s, and claims it is “holding up well” because she did her homework before starting the treatment.

She says: “I was careful about who I went with. I looked around, I interviewed. For me, it wasn’t just a madness. That does happen, panic sets in, and people make bad decisions. But not me, I did my homework.

“There were places I went to that were really scary and I ran out.”

The 65-year-old Blondie star insists she would have had a facelift even if she wasn’t a celebrity because it made her feel better about herself. “It gave me a certain encouragement and satisfaction,” she says.

She had previously claimed her age-defying, sixtysomething looks were the result of having the cells of sheep injected into her body 30 years ago in a Swiss clinic.

“I had these cells injected into me when I was 32 or 35,” she says, “and it turned out I was the youngest person to have the treatment.”

The black sheep cell replacement treatment was an innovative medical advance in the 1970s that heart transplant surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard is said to have helped to pioneer.

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Debbie Harry and Blondie to release new album ‘Panic of Girls’ in 2011

September 11, 2010

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Debbie Harry and her band Blondie have revealed that they plan to release a new album next year. Titled Panic of Girls, it will be Blondie’s ninth studio album and their first collection of new material since The Curse of Blondie in 2003.

According to Blondie drummer Clem Burke, the band has already recorded about 35 new songs in Woodstock, New York – with 14 of the songs expected to make it onto the album. He hints that some of the surplus songs may be released via the Internet.

It’s the first time the band has recorded outside Manhattan since Automamerican, which was produced in Los Angeles in 1980.

“We tried to make the recording process as organic as possible,” says Burke. “We tried to stay away from programming as much as we could because the last album, The Curse of Blondie, had a lot of programming on it. So in the spirit of Woodstock, we just kept going in the studio and playing.”

He says everyone in the band contributed songs, although Debbie Harry – who turned 65 in July – wrote most of the lyrics. The album title, Panic of Girls, is a line from one of her new songs.

Burke says Blondie has been previewing a handful of the new songs during its summer tour dates – including the tracks ‘What I Heard’, ‘The End’ and ‘Mother’.

Debbie Harry admits she’s pleased to have some new songs to perform on stage. “I feel a definite urge to not just do old songs,” she says. “I really want to have a voice in the present, so I’m very happy that this is all going on because we’ve been stuck in a position for a couple of years where we weren’t recording.

“It really is awful having to go out and do the same old songs over and over again, although it’s not completely awful because you get a great response from the audience. They’re happy to hear the songs.”

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Blondie star Deborah Harry’s sixtysomething youthful looks all down to black sheep

July 27, 2008

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Drooling men and envious women aged over 50 take note … the secret behind punk icon Deborah Harry’s everlasting youthful lookshas been revealed. It’s all down to injections of black sheep embryos when she was in her early 30s.

 

The Blondie star, who turned 63 this month, has revealed that she had the cells of sheep injected into her body 30 years ago in a Swiss clinic – and, it seems, they’re still working.

 

The black sheep cell replacement treatment was an innovative medical advance in the 1970s which heart transplant surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard is said to have helped to pioneer.

 

“I had these cells injected into me when I was 32 or 35 and it turned out I was the youngest person to have the treatment,” Harry told US tabloid The Globe.

 

“They would take cells from different organs in the sheep – such as the liver, glands, bone and whatever – and make up these injections,” she said. “Whether that treatment lasted this long, I don’t know, but I feel great.”

 

To show how good she feels, Deborah Harry and Blondie have just embarked on a World Tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic Mike Chapman-produced album Parallel Lines. The band will be performing the entire album on stage – including hits such as ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Hanging On the Telephone’, ‘Sunday Girl’ and ‘One Way or Another’.

 

To mark the event, EMI Records has released a special 30th Anniversary two-disc Deluxe Edition of Parallel Lines. It includes a booklet of exclusive photos from the album session, and a DVD featuring a previously unavailable Blondie performance of ‘Sunday Girl’ from the BBC TV archive.

 

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