A couple of days ago, I was writing some posts for Totally Covered in advance, and I decided to pull out a Miley Cyrus cover of a Blondie classic, as I am SURE I am going to be billing that on Twitter. Then I realized that, although I had posted TWO covers of this song over THERE, I had never posted anything about the original. There's no good reason for it, so let's remedy this.
This song was built around a drum machine beat, which opens the song. This was something that, in 1979, was not commonly seen in rock music.... but was seen in the popular disco music of the day. As a result, Blondie did suffer a temporary backlash in the punk community that had supported them for so many years.
Of course, this song was also Blondie's first Top 40 hit, making it all the way to #1..... and led to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so I think they made the right choice.