Along with the previous year’s Parallel Lines, Eat To The Beat represents Blondie’s creative peak, including career highlights Dreaming, Atomic and Union City Blue. Post-punk pop had never sounded so good.
Clem Burke says:
“This was our rock’n’roll record. Dreaming was Joey Ramone’s favourite Blondie song, and people always say to me, ‘The drums are fantastic on that track - how did you come up with that?’ The reality is that those crazy drums were just a first take - just a pass to run through the song!”
“I think that Dreaming would have been a bigger hit if the drums hadn’t been so mad, actually: if I’d just done a straight four-on-the-floor beat, the song might have cut through more. Still, the melody’s there, and it’s a great melody.
“Atomic is on this album too, which was a piss-take out of a spaghetti-western disco song: it has a great drum break in it. It was recorded at the Power Station, with that big ambient sound on the drums. All those songs were recorded on that same Premier Resonator kit that I always used.”