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Blondie - Rapture (1980)

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“Rapture” is a song by the American pop/rock band Blondie from their fifth studio album, Autoamerican (1980). In ...

“Rapture” is a song by the American pop/rock band Blondie from their fifth studio album, Autoamerican (1980).

In January 1981, “Rapture” was released as the second and final single from the album. The song became their fourth and last single to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. It was the first No. 1 song in the U.S. to feature rap vocals. The song peaked at No. 4 in Australia and No. 5 in the United Kingdom.

“Rapture” is a combination of disco, funk, and hip hop with the rap section forming an extended coda.

The music video made its U.S. television debut on Solid Gold on January 31, 1981, and not only became the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV, but was part of its first 90-video rotation. Set in the East Village section of Manhattan, the “Man from Mars” or “voodoo god” (dancer William Barnes in the white suit and top hat) is the introductory and central figure. Barnes also choreographed the piece. Much of the video is a one-take scene of Debbie Harry dancing down the street, passing by graffiti artists, Uncle Sam, an American Indian, child ballet dancer, and a goat. Fab Five Freddy and graffiti artists Lee Quiñones and Jean-Michel Basquiat make cameo appearances. Basquiat was hired when Grandmaster Flash did not show for the filming. The UK 7″ version of the song is used in the video.

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