I Just Thought I Was Weird....
Kelly Sibson | Dallas, Texas | 04/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first album I ever bought with my own money was "Eat To The Beat". I must have been 9 years old and I didn't take the record off the stereo for almost a year. "Eat To The Beat" rescued me from Casey Kasem and Rick Springfield. I didn't know that girls could get mad until I heard Deborah Harry rage away on "The Hardest Part". There's not alot of overt references to sex, like most songs back then had, so my virgin mind could grasp the stories being told, for the most part: Shayla worked in a factory and she was just a number, the hardest part had something to do with an armed guard and Ms.Harry knew someone who liked peanut butter and so did I, so she was COOL! I didn't know ANYone who knew about this album, much less had it or thought it was as great as I did, so I just assumed I was weird... Now I know I just had good taste. It's STILL a masterpiece and worth every penny!"
A CLASSIC - ANTHEMS FOR A GENERATION
Jorge Monserrate | Miami, Florida USA | 09/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Deborah Harry's face on the cover of this album still hypnotizes me. I can look at it forever.
After this legend band's first 3 albums, what would they come up next? They had achieved fame, Deb had become an icon, they had joined the NY avante-garde artsy crowd. The band evolved and gave us the sublime Eat to the Beat, undeniably still a Blondie album but ahead of it's time. Harry's voice becomes a miracle, but I've always felt that Clem Burke's amazing drumming drove this band and this becomes clear on the album's first
cut "Dreaming". The funk/rock sound of "The Hardest Part" was new for the band and they successfully explode from your headphones. "...Nitro and acetalyne, open la machine" - are these perfect lyrics or what? The reggae/punk sound of "Die Young, Stay Pretty" is also new, and ROCKS. Deb calls you ".. a dried-up twig in your family tree". Damn! Her voice in "Shayla" haunts you. The perfection of "Atomic" and "Union City Blue" makes these tunes eternal. "Slow Motion" is pure Blondie pop. And they perfectly describe being famous on "(I'm Not)Living in the Real World".
Eat to the Beat changed my "musical expectations" forever. Listen to it and grow."