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Debbie Harry – French Kissin’ (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 26th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

A. Front

“French Kissin” a.k.a. “French Kissin’ in the USA” is a song recorded by the American singer Debbie Harry. Released in 1986, it was the first single to be taken from her album Rockbird. It was written by Chuck Lorre, who would later create the hit television sitcoms Dharma & Greg and Two and a Half Men among others.

The song was released as the album’s first single in November 1986, and became a moderate radio hit in the US, peaking at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also Harry’s biggest success in the UK, where it reached #8 (her only solo Top 10 single there to date).

For promotion, Harry did a live performance of “French Kissin” and “In Love with Love” on Saturday Night Live, as well as a handful of television interviews in the UK and U.S. in late 1986. A music video was also made and subsequently played on video stations. Besides the regular formats 7″ and 12″ the single was also released as a limited edition 12″ picture disc in the UK.

Harry also recorded a French language version of the track which was released as the B-side of other Rockbird singles and was also included on the 1988 Blondie/Debbie Harry remix compilation Once More into the Bleach.

A cover of the song by Carol Chapman was also featured in the 1989 movie Troop Beverly Hills.

SIDE A:
French Kissin’ (Dance Mix) 7:25
Remix – Latin Rascals, The

French Kissin’ (Edit) 4:09

SIDE B:
French Kissin’ (Dub Version) 8:02
Remix – Latin Rascals, The

Rockbird (LP Version) 3:09

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1986 French Kissin’ U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #57
1986 French Kissin’ U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Maxi-Singles Sales #44

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Geffen Records ‎– 0-20575
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits:  Arranged By, Producer – Seth Justman
Design [Cover] – Stephen Sprouse
Layout – John Pasche
Painting [Background] – Andy Warhol
Photography By – Guzman

NOTES:
Original version on the LP “ROCKBIRD”

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B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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30 Responses to “Debbie Harry – French Kissin’ (US 12″)”

  1. Reid Van Ness Says:

    ahhhhh thank you – deborah harry is an absolute goddess. blondie has been my favorite band since i’m six years old, they are like members of my family and debbie is one of the coolest people you’ll ever meet.. so chill and really funny.

    do you by chance have the “in love with love” remixes from this era? i’ve been wanting those for years.
    if you have them and can rip them sometime, i’ll totally pay you.

    this post was a treat as i don’t have the dub version of this.. awesome.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’rer so ver y welcome Reid Van Ness. I thought I had “In Love With Love” but I cannot find it at the moment. If I can’t locate it i’ll buy a copy.

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  2. VanceMan Says:

    Thanks for this one!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂

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  3. Kookoo Says:

    Paul, I’m always impressed with the sound quality of your rips. And, a big Thank You for the quality scans of Debbie’s album art. All the best.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Kookoo 🙂

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  4. Shoestring Says:

    I hope People are making donations. Today I gave 12$ which is just a symbolic sum to give.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you so very much Shoestring I appreciate the donation 🙂

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  5. woz Says:

    Love this stuff – thanks 😎

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Woz!

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  6. Ryan Says:

    Thanks for this! I love “French Kissin'”! I have this single but didn’t have the MP3 of the dub version, so I am definitely grabbing it!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have fun listening Ryan 🙂

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  7. Thomas Says:

    Fantastic. I just recently bought a new NM copy of this 12″ to rip and digitally archive but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Now I can just file it away under the “D”s 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sounds like a great idea Thomas. Enjoy listening to the single 🙂

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  8. Omar Says:

    I always thought In Love With Love should’ve been the lead single off Rockbird. Paul I hope you’ll post the PWL mix of ILWL soon. Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Omar i’ll try to post it as soon as I can 🙂

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  9. ric Says:

    Thanks Paul for this precious rip, not easy to find on digital…this remix.
    As with Bryan Ferry, Debbie Harry has also little luck as a solo artist despite Blondie being totally massive in the early 80s.
    Blondie had three UK #1’s within the twelve months of 1980, yet Debbie only had a single solo Top 20 hit during the entire 80’s.
    Granted, Backfired and Rush Rush didn’t exactly have the word “HIT” written all over it, but French Kissin’ is totally commercial and immediate. It was even featured as the Single Of The Fortnight on Smash Hits magazine. Yet, only a #8 in the UK and way worse in the USA.
    Debbie was quite bitter during this era, and blamed it mostly on another “wannabe blondie” who had came and stole her tiara. Ahhh, the world of Pop!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are very welcome as always Ric. Thanks for your musical knowledge 🙂

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  10. sergio Says:

    Smashing Paul.I was waiting for that.I left my 12″ in another country and was crazy to listen to a good recording.I am sure you did a good job on this US 12″.

    THANX!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome and thank you Sergio 🙂

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  11. Sergio Says:

    Paul this cover art is far too pale.what happened?
    My 12″ has the lettering in strong orange.
    Can you scan it again please?

    cheers!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I don’t know what happened Sergio I scanned it several times and you see the results. I’ll try playing with it more when I have time.

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  12. Piffard Says:

    Great!

    One of my favourites!

    Thank you very much Paul!!!

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    Piffard Reply:

    A little edit:there is actually a “french-sing” by Deb version of this song!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Piffard. I mentioned the French version above in the song summary 🙂

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    Piffard Reply:

    Thanks.

    You’re right,I skipped that part,my eyes doesn’t work as it was meant to be anymore… 🙂

    I had this 12″ with a “different” art cover: same photo shoot but in full color.

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    Piffard Reply:

    *as they were meant to be

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  13. musicdivaSF Says:

    What an amazing post and one that is a personal favorite of mine. I was somewhat of a fan but never became a big fan until Rockbird and this single was released.
    I’m looking forward to the day that “In Love with Love” will be posted on here. Thank you very much for this post.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MusicdivaSF I was the same way 🙂

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    musicdivaSF Reply:

    Yes I am. I still have a little bit of the cough and congestion but otherwise feeling much better. Appreciate the thought very much. 🙂

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