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Is French Kissin' 80s style still allowed under the new regime?



So if it's time to make America great again, I see no better way to do it than resurrect '80s music videos. Although this may not do much to help the economy, the SIT80's plan involves getting help from our democracy-loving friends across the ocean and lots of kissing. Following the lead of Deborah Harry, I think French Kissin' (In The USA) is the perfect start plan for SIT80's Nation.

There is no female artist that defined sexy more than Deborah Harry in the early '80s. As lead singer of Blondie, Harry entranced us with seductive vocals on No. 1 songs like Heart of Glass and Call Me. After Harry released a solo album in 1981, Blondie officially split up in 1982 and Harry started landing roles in movies like Videodrome. In 1986, she finally released her follow-up effort with the lead single French Kissin' (In The USA).

While French Kissin' was a Top 10 hit in the U.K., it only peaked at No. 57 in the U.S. With the title of the song, it's no surprise that the video has lots of tongue wagging, hunks and hotties as Harry struggles with her remote control. There is a brief cameo at the 3:30 mark by Katey Sagal before she was famous as this video was released about six months before Married With Children made its debut on the upstart Fox network.

Also curious is that French Kissin' was written by Chuck Lorre, who isn't known much for his songwriting prowess as being the creator of smash TV shows like Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men and Dharma and Greg. French Kissin' was also used in the movies Can't Buy Me Love and Troop Beverly Hills although it wasn't Harry's version that was used, but a version done by a singer name Carol Chapman.

Despite her chart success with Blondie, Harry never scored a Top 40 solo hit in the U.S. Equally shocking is the realization that Harry is 71 years young and keeps a lower profile these days.


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