Debbie Harry thinks risqué shows are “par for the course” because Iggy Pop has been “twerking for most of his career”.
The Blondie frontwoman has given her views on the state of modern music. She was quizzed about the sexed up images pop stars such as Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga present, but believes things have been blown out of all proportion.
“I think it [risqué behaviour] is becoming more par for the course, although I think there's more nudity now. But as far as doing something that's offensive or antisocial [chuckles] … we were probably as antisocial as they come,” she told British newspaper The Guardian. “And I think Iggy [Pop] has been vomiting and twerking for most of his career! So there you go…”
In her heyday Debbie once appeared on a music TV show dressed in a rubbish bag. Jokingly asked if Gaga – who is famed for her eccentric outfits – could have been inspired by her, Debbie insisted they both probably look up to each other.
Blondie received the Godlike Genius prize at this year’s NME Awards, and while the singer is proud of that it isn’t something she considers that much.
“I guess I'm flattered but I take it with a grain of salt and realise that they want to make a nice speech,” she replied, when asked whether she liked it when Lily Allen praised her while handing out the gong. “But we work very hard, as you probably know. Bands have to work very hard to do what they do. So if they receive any accolades, they deserve it, you know? But I guess that's my weird view on life: that everything is totally preposterous and what-the-f**k-is-this?”