MBE Aug. 29: Grit and groove, Blondie demos, HBD Dinah Washington

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It’s a Monday melange of music to get your week started on the good foot. Warm up with the infectious mix of sweet ’60s soul + the grit and groove of early ’70s R&B provided by SoCal crooners Thee Sacred Souls.  

Previously unreleased Blondie demos “Puerto Rico” and “Once I Had a Love” (an early version of their hit “Heart of Glass”) offer a glimpse into the beginnings of a young punk band who would later become a dancefloor phenomenon. For a full deep dive into Blondie's pre-disco sounds, grab that full archival box set. It comes complete with the proto-new-wave band’s first six albums along with b-sides, rarities and more. 

Plus, we celebrate Dinah Washington’s birthday, London band ALASKALASKA’s witty soundclashing style and post-punk girl group Mo-dettes’ 1979 debut. 





Anna Chang