I played \”Parallel Lines\” for the first time in years the other day. I bought a copy back in the day, I was still a schoolboy and remember getting my mother to order it out of her Great Universal catalogue. A few years later a girlfriend asked to borrow it and well, we broke up and I never saw my record again!
Fast forward to 2020 and I\’m seriously investing my time and effort on late 70s punk rock and new wave groups. Saw a copy going cheap and decided to buy another \”Parallel Lines\” As an album it still holds up and sounds very commercial, especially the worldwide hits. I was hoping an obscure gem would jump out between the grooves though and sure enough I wasn\’t disappointed in Frank Infante\’s \”I Know But I Don\’t Know\”
There is enough space for the group to really rock out during the number, the lyrics don\’t mean a great deal but who cares. This track is solid and demonstrates that Blondie could really play with an edge and swagger.