Classic Album Sundays - Parallel Lines 16th September
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Bristol Spirit will be listening to the classic album Parallel Lines by Blondie on the 16th September. We are the Bristol venue for Classic Album Sundays (CAS) - the world’s most popular album listening experience.
Tickets cost £6.00 inc. VAT.
Join us as we celebrate 40 years since the release of Blondie’s third studio album Parallel Lines. Originally born out of the New York punk rock scene of the mid-1970s, Blondie made a surprising shift toward more pop-oriented material on this album, a deft mix of new wave, pop and disco produced by Mike Chapman.
In a sense, that time has long passed: Blondie, like contemporaries such as the Cars and the UK’s earliest New Pop artists specialised in whip-smart chart music created by and for adults, a trick that has all but vanished from the pop landscape.
Parallel Lines, however, is practically a blueprint for the stuff: “Picture This” and “One Way or Another” are exuberant new wave, far looser than the stiff, herky-jerky tracks that would go on to characterise that sound in the 80s; “Will Anything Happen?” and the band’s cover of the Nerves’ “Hanging on the Telephone” are headstrong rock; “11:59” does run-for-the-horizon drama, while “Sunday Girl” conveys a sense of elegance. The record’s closest thing to a ballad, the noirish “Fade Away and Radiate”, owes a heavy debt to the art-pop of Roxy Music.
Join us to experience this album as never before.
Bristol Spirit is co-owned by friends Sam Espensen and Phil Gillies, who also own Espensen Spirit, our range of naturally infused gins, vodkas and whiskies - Bristol Spirit is the equivalent of a beer tap room for our spirits.
We serve a range of cocktails, local beers, ciders, wine, mocktails and hot drinks, which will all be available for the Classic Album Sunday events.
Doors open at 6pm, and the evening will start at 6.45pm with a short talk by a special guest, and then the album will be listened to in its entirety before finishing with a brief Q&A.
Colleen Murphy, Classic Album Sundays founder, added “At our listening sessions, music fans are able to immerse themselves into an album that has helped shape our culture and in some cases, our lives. We relay the artist and album’s unique story and provide a musical context that gives the listening experience deeper meaning.
Classic Album Sundays treats the album with the respect it deserves rather than as a free commodity or aural wallpaper. We remind people what they love about music. Bristol is a city doused in musical excellence, and Bristol Spirit are great champions of that heritage.”