When punk/new wave band Blondie released the disco-tinged “Heart of Glass” as a single in 1979, they took some flack for it. But a lot of rock acts dabbled in disco during the ’70s, including Rod Stewart (“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”) and even the Rolling Stones (“Miss You”).
According to Songfacts, Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein wrote “Heart of Glass” to add some texture to their album, Parallel Lines. They didn’t expect it to be a hit. They were wrong about that. The song went to #1 in the U.S., the U.K., and half a dozen other countries.
The video begins with shots of a few Manhattan landmarks until we find Blondie inside a discotheque. Debbie Harry had a fascination with the disco sound that was sweeping the nation at the time and she looked right at home on the dancefloor.