Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass,” Old Hollywood Style – Starring Addie Hamilton

What if Blondie’s 1978 hit, “Heart Of Glass” was actually written in the ’40s – as a showstopping ballad from the Golden Age of Hollywood?  PMJ’s blondie – Addie Hamilton – stars in this first ever multi-camera Postmodern Jukebox remake, directed by Kii Arens with cinematography by Guy Livneh.  Watch:


 

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After doing well over 150 Postmodern Jukebox filmed on a single camera on a tripod, I wanted to experiment with something special for this song and truly turn this into a short film.  Kii and Guy are masters at creating a world, and they took this PMJ remake to a whole new level, while maintaining the “PMJ-ness” of what we do (all the audio was filmed live at the same time).  Addie gave her most impressive performance yet, showing the various colors of her voice and truly telling a story, and the horn section of Jacob, Ludo, and Lemar provide the perfect backdrop for her classic sensibilities.  Special thanks to Addie’s parents for letting us use their beautiful living room as a filming location.

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We spent today rehearsing for our upcoming tour of New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia – which begins next week!  Click here to get tix for those shows, as well as for our Fall North American tour and our 2017 Europe tour.  We’re excited to bring hundreds of cities back in time into the PMJ universe this year and next, and are actively working to add new cities.  Sign up for our newsletter to request that we visit a city near you, as well as to learn about flash sales on our online shop.

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  • kevin

    Love you Scott and everything you create, but I didn’t enjoy the multi camera. I thought the cutting was too sharp. Sorry, trying not to be an arm chair critic, (I’ll still be a long term fan), but I prefer the single shot videos. ;o) Love the song and the rendition. Hope the rehearsals are going well. Kevin (Perth Western Australia). Gday!

    • Curtis Cooper

      Read this comment before watching the video and thought it might be too critical, but then watched the video and agree completely.

    • Rod

      Agree with Kevin. Felt too much like a “music video” following the three second rule (i.e. no camera shot lasts more than 3 seconds). Somewhere between single camera and multi-shot lies a sweet spot which will enhance the performance without distracting from it. Loved music, vocals, set, lighting, arrangement; only editing was a disappointment. IMHO

  • Red Bennett

    “Say Something” was also not on the tripod; I really like that one and the studio was great.

  • Flip Marchese

    Something not right…voice isn t clear enough to carry the storyline of the lyrics. Horns are neither there or not there, but rather there in an uninteresting way. No, this falls shorts of the concept. The concept is good , yet this fails in execution…D-.

  • SSG_Snuffy

    Hope you guys are giving credit to the Puppini Sisters.

  • Lisa Trejo Ahmad

    Scott, I very much enjoyed the multi-camera technique. This was stunning and brought the audience closer to the singer and musicians. It made me feel like I was right in the room watching. I really hope you do more like this. Especially, with Haley Reinhart. Haley is very beautiful for the camera and her voice is so naturally vintage. But, either way, more videos like this are a great way to evolve the PMJ videos. I don’t know why anyone would not want this. It’s even more intimate than the single camera, which I still like too. Great job all!

  • Tim Shriver

    Recorded the same day as Never Forget You?
    Also, multiple camera angles years ago: https://vk.com/video27075981_170974578

  • Mary Kathleen Brooks Crinklaw

    Not a fan of this one, although I did very much enjoy having more attention on the musicians instead of just the vocalist. For me, the musicians are what it is really all about.

  • foolproof

    I wish I could say I liked it more. I wonder if it’s the singer I am not crazy about because I kind of liked the arrangement.

  • Buford

    I have no positive comments for the quirky, stale, forced mannerisms in both optics and vocals, but ditching the tripod and giving us more than the typical shoebox view was a decided improvement — although I agree with others about the shot length having a boring predictableness.

  • Pol Info

    Great idea this film (and thanks for the word “Fin”)

  • SistaSuzy

    I loved this ! You pick the right singer for the right song !
    The music is great … the singer is good.
    Me and my husband were very entertained and enjoyed every minute of it.

  • Chris Andres

    “Blocked” on Facebook !? What’s up with that?!

  • Matthew Wright

    I would love to re-cut this. The editing needs a bit of work, although the footage is great. Wonderful take on a great classic song!

  • Addie put an interesting take on this one, a cross between a Betty Boop and a dark smoke filled lounge singer.

    Bravo for stepping up the video production and locations, while still giving us the best single take on the song. #honestmusic

    • Jim Jardine

      Hi Weaver. Yes, she does sound a bit like Betty Boop, but then she has deeper style. Interesting!