As the ’80s dawned, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and electro impresario Giorgio Moroder teamed up to write “Call Me.” Its stomping beats and slashing guitars made for a No. 1 hit. When Blondie set out to make the record “Pollinator,” the band members again looked outward for collaborators, pulling in some of the most exciting, innovative pop songwriters working today.
In a late-2016 interview with Billboard, members of the Revolution were asked whether Prince‘s post-Purple Rain psychedelic phase came because of the influence of his backing band. Drummer Bobby Z. had an intriguing (and somewhat mind-blowing) answer. “He’d never really heard the Beatles until Matt and I played him Sgt. Pepper, so the answer is yeah. And Wendy and Lisa took him to a jazz place.”The Beatles and Sgt.
Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson have long been intertwined with the Pacific Northwest music scene, including and especially bands associated with the grunge movement: Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Throughout the years, the latter band’s late singer, Chris Cornell, frequently came into Heart’s orbit.