Blondie is giving fans a holiday treat today (Dec. 6) with the release of a new video co-starring Joan Jett.
The video–“Doom or Destiny”–is the opening track from the band’s 11th studio album, Pollinator, and pokes fun at the news media as Debbie Harry and Joan Jett take over a fictional newsroom.
Directed by Bob Roth, the fake news report covers apocalyptic weather reports, feminist statements, satirical stories and a presidential sock puppet receiving comeuppance.
We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more,” says Harry.
Jett’s involvement with the record and the band is a testament to years of comradery, she adds.
“Blondie – Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit. They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock. I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to ‘Doom or Destiny’, I love the music and I love the message,” says Jett.