Sunday, March 11, 2007

Deborah Harry-H.R. Giger: Now I Know You Know (1981)

Deborah Harry's first solo album KooKoo remains a dividing point even amongst her most dedicated fans.
This track, and the striking video Giger designed and directed, is a highpoint in Harry's career.
Critical consensus will probably always be divided on this album (I love it by the way) but there is no denying its influence. Within just a few years of its release David Bowie, Madonna and Duran-Duran would all take Deborah's idea of teaming with Chic masterminds Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for radical career changes. All would find the commercial and critical success that alluded Harry.
KooKoo is currently out of print in the United States.


Guuzbourg said...

Makes me think of Alien (ofcourse) but also of that infamous poster included with the Dead Kennedys album Frankenchrist. You know the one.

Jeremy Richey said...

I had never thought of it in connection to that Dead Kennedy's poster but you're right. Giger had of course done Alien just a few years before this and you can definately see the similarities.
As always, thanks for the comments.

colinr0380 said...

Wow, great video. The face in the alcove behind Harry at the beginning was also used for the artwork of Giger's Darkseed computer game of the early 90s. There is a complete walkthrough of the computer game on YouTube.