Blondie - Heart of Glass - 1978

Introduction to "Heart of Glass" by Blondie

Blondie's "Heart of Glass" is an iconic track that marked a significant moment in the history of music. Released in 1978, this song combined elements of punk rock, disco, and new wave, showcasing the band's versatility and the evolving music scene of the late 1970s. In this MOOC, we will explore the history, creation, and impact of "Heart of Glass," as well as the band Blondie itself.

Background of "Heart of Glass"

  1. Blondie: Learn about the band's formation, members, and early years.
  2. Punk Rock and Disco: Understand the music genres that influenced "Heart of Glass."
  3. 1970s Music: Explore the broader music scene when the song was released.

Making of the Song

  1. Songwriting: The process behind writing "Heart of Glass."
  2. Music Production: How the song was recorded and produced.
  3. Music Video: The role of music videos in promoting songs in the late 1970s.

Impact and Legacy

  1. Music Charts: The song's success on national and international charts.
  2. Music Influence: How "Heart of Glass" influenced other artists and genres.
  3. Legacy of Blondie: The band's lasting impact on music and culture.


Quiz: Questions on the Song

What year was "Heart of Glass" released? (1978) (!1976) (!1980) (!1979)

Which genres does "Heart of Glass" primarily blend together? (Punk Rock and Disco) (!Rock and Blues) (!Pop and Jazz) (!R&B and Soul)

What was the original title of "Heart of Glass"? (Once I Had a Love) (!Heart of Stone) (!Glass Hearts) (!Love Shattered)

What unique element did "Heart of Glass" introduce in Blondie's music? (Disco influence) (!Heavy guitar riffs) (!Orchestral arrangements) (!Rap verses)

Which album features "Heart of Glass"? (Parallel Lines) (!Blondie) (!Eat to the Beat) (!Autoamerican)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Who is the lead singer of Blondie? (Debbie Harry) (!Joan Jett) (!Stevie Nicks) (!Chrissie Hynde)

In which city was Blondie formed? (New York City) (!Los Angeles) (!London) (!Chicago)

Before gaining fame with Blondie, what was Debbie Harry's profession? (Waitress) (!Teacher) (!Journalist) (!Nurse)

Which of these songs is also a hit by Blondie? (Call Me) (!Like a Virgin) (!Girls Just Want to Have Fun) (!Tainted Love)

In what year was Blondie officially formed? (1974) (!1970) (!1976) (!1978)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

What does the lyric "Once I had a love and it was a gas, soon turned out had a heart of glass" suggest? (A relationship that seemed promising but ended in disappointment) (!A joyful and everlasting love) (!A love that was hidden and mysterious) (!A relationship that grew stronger over time)

In "Heart of Glass," what is the "pain in the ass"? (The challenges and disappointments in love) (!The joy of finding new love) (!The journey to fame and success) (!The struggle with personal identity)

The line "Lost inside adorable illusion and I cannot hide" implies what feeling? (Vulnerability in love) (!Confidence in oneself) (!Joy in solitude) (!Fear of the unknown)

What theme is central to the lyrics of "Heart of Glass"? (The fragility and complexity of relationships) (!The excitement of new beginnings) (!The journey towards self-discovery) (!The celebration of lifelong friendships)

The lyric "In between what I find is pleasing and I'm feeling fine" reflects what? (Contentment in the moment amidst life's ups and downs) (!A constant state of happiness) (!Discontent with current life) (!Indifference towards life's experiences)


Debbie Harry Lead Singer of Blondie
New York City Where Blondie was Formed
Parallel Lines Album Featuring "Heart of Glass"
1978 Year "Heart of Glass" was Released
Disco Influence Unique Element in "Heart of Glass"

Open Tasks


  1. Creating a Playlist: Create a playlist of songs from the late 1970s that share similarities with "Heart of Glass."
  2. Music Genre Exploration: Explore and write about the impact of disco on rock music in the late 1970s.


  1. Biography Writing: Write a short biography of Debbie Harry, focusing on her early life and career with Blondie.
  2. Music Analysis: Analyze the musical structure of "Heart of Glass" and how it combines different genres.


  1. Music Video Production: Create a concept for a modern music video for "Heart of Glass."
  2. Cultural Impact Essay: Write an essay on the cultural impact of "Heart of Glass" in the late 1970s and its relevance today.

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Oral Exam

  1. Comparing Eras: Discuss how the music scene of the late 1970s compares to today's music scene.
  2. Genre Evolution: Explain how the blending of genres in "Heart of Glass" reflects broader trends in music history.
  3. Influence on Artists: Discuss how Blondie and "Heart of Glass" have influenced modern artists and music genres.
  4. Lyrics Interpretation: Interpret the lyrics of "Heart of Glass" and relate them to the themes of love and relationships in music.
  5. Music and Culture: Explore how "Heart of Glass" both influenced and was influenced by the cultural trends of its time.

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