Blondie have unveiled a new demo, “I Love You Honey, Give Me a Beer,” a sketch that eventually became the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers’ classic, country-inflected “Go Through It.”
Initially tracked in 1980 and possibly written for Alan Rudolph’s Roadie, a film that marked the band’s collective foray onto the big screen, the recording offers the latest look into the breadth of rediscovered history and multi-genre, musical treasures that are mapped out on the forthcoming box set, Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982.
Out August 26 via UMe and The Numero Group, following six years of work and two decades that the material spent silently sitting in Chris Stein’s Woodstock barn, Against The Odds 1974-1982 is Blondie’s debut, definitive archive.
Featuring 124 tracks and 36 previously unissued recordings—which range from the band’s first-ever basement studio session to dozens of alternate versions, outtakes, and demos like “I Love You Honey, Give Me a Beer”—the historic collection tells a near-complete story of how frontwoman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein, powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, keyboardist Jimmy Destri, bassist Gary Valentine, guitarist Frank Infante, and bassist Nigel Harrison evolved out of pop and punk to become a vital strand of American music’s DNA.
While “Go Through It” famously closed out Side A of Blondie’s 1980 album, Autoamerican, “I Love You Honey, Give Me a Beer” appears on one of Against The Odds’ several bonus records of rarities, this one named after Autoamerican’s intended title: Coca-Cola. Traveling from their New York City home and the Chelsea Sound Studios where they first laid down the “Go Through It” demo, Blondie made Autoamerican at Los Angeles’ United/Western Recording with producer Mike Chapman.
The concept for the album centered on themes of American pop culture and Americana, and Chris Stein’s original idea was to adorn the cover with a Coca-Cola logo and nothing else, the ultimate expression of US innovation, pleasure, and capitalism. Though the brand was not interested in Blondie’s idea back then, the art for the bonus LP included on Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 honors the band’s vision.