H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo
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The fantastical videos for two of the tracks on the album, ‘Backfired’ and ‘Now I Know you Know,’ featured Giger himself piercing an Egyptian sarcophagus and a newly brunette Harry reimagined as a xenomorphic Giger creature. Their decades-long successes led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame for the band in 2006.
To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. KooKoo was produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic and marked Harry’s first foray into the music industry without the rest of Blondie. The artwork for Harry’s 1981 debut solo KooKoo album cover was deemed so frightening it was originally banned on the London Underground. The disco-leaning song, written by Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, is a lot more upbeat than the imagery. It seemed that interpretation came easier in Britain, the intended amalgam of black and white influences receiving a tepid response in Debbie’s homeland.Debbie Harry picked up on the personal interpretation theme when asked to describe the album, explaining, “the words simply mean what they say. Just his work ethic alone was so focused, he was a credit to anyone who considers themselves creative.
HR Giger was the designer of Alien, probably the most famous sci-fi character shown on silver screen. Chris is convinced that Giger's brand of xenozoology has infected the world, reaching fevered levels. Harry continued to appear in independent films throughout the 2000s, including Deuces Wild (2002), My Life Without Me (2003) and Elegy (2008). The music videos are simple, performance based, though the sunny, alluring Harry has disappeared and a proto-Goth being has taken her place. Outside of music, Debbie has also engaged in a successful acting career with over 30 film and television roles to her credit (including Videodrome, Hairspray, and Heavy to name a few).Shortly after, he discovered the airbrush and, along with it, his own unique freehand painting style, leading to the creation of many of his most well known works, the surrealistic Biomechanical dreamscapes, which formed the cornerstone of his fame. Giger noted the meeting and once said: “There I was introduced to a very beautiful woman, Debbie Harry, the singer of the group Blondie, and her boyfriend, Chris Stein. Chrysalis, the record company releasing Koo Koo, was informed that the poster was deemed offensive to children and old folk.
It continues with photos of the studio, work-in-progress Polaroids by Giger and his crew, and Giger’s drawings. Interestingly, just as she would work with David Cronenberg in 1983, Harry would also collaborate with another artist with his own ties to the world of horror. Debbie flashed back, “the ban is ridiculous when you consider the sort of posters which exploit women and advertise violent films. The New York Times notes “POINT OF VIEW: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene is a fascinating document, not only of the punk scene of the early and middle 1970s but more generally of New York City in its years of chaos, decay and creative energy. The Against the Odds 1974 – 1982 collection will contain three dozen previously unreleased recordings.Blondie co-founder, guitarist, producer, photographer and co-host of cult cable show TV Party, Chris Stein began shooting in 1968 and hasn’t put the camera down since.