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"Union City Blue" is a song by the US rock band Blondie. It was written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison, and was featured on their fourth studio album Eat to the Beat from 1979. The tune was inspired by the movie Union City, which Debbie Harry appeared in — she wrote it one evening during a break in the shooting.[1]

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Single information[edit]Edit

The song was released as the second single from the album in the United Kingdom, where it reached #13 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1979; it was never released as a single in the US.

The track was re-released on CD and vinyl in 1995 as a maxi-single in both the UK and US, featuring various remixes of the song by Diddy, Burger Queen, OPM and Jammin' Hot. A previously heavily bootlegged live version from 1979 of Donna Summer's disco hit "I Feel Love" was included as a b-side. Charting a second time after its original 1979 release, the single peaked at no.31 in the UK. The remixed version of "Union City Blue" was also included on the compilations Beautiful - The Remix Album (UK) and Remixed Remade Remodeled - The Remix Project (US).

The song is featured in the 1981 horror film The Hand, as well as the 2007 dark comedy, Margot at the Wedding.[2]

Track listing[edit]Edit

UK 7" (Chrysalis CHS 2400)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Nigel HarrisonDeborah Harry) – 3:18
  2. "Living in the Real World" (Jimmy Destri) – 2:53
UK 1995 Remix CD1 (7243 8 82466 2 0)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Edit) - 3:38
  2. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Mix) - 8:34
  3. "Union City Blue" (Vinny Vero's Turquoise Mix) - 8:23
  4. "Union City Blue" (Jammin Hot's I Can't Believe It's Not Diddy Mix) - 7:37
  5. "Union City Blue" (Burger Queen Peroxide Power Mix) - 7:40
UK 1995 Remix CD2 (7243 8 82467 2 9)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Edit) - 3:45
  2. "I Feel Love" (Live) - 7:53
  3. "Union City Blue" (The OPM Poppy Mix) - 8:48
  4. "Union City Blue" (Original Version) - 3:18
US 1995 Remix CD (7243 8 58474 2 4)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Remix Edit) - 3:38 *
  2. "Union City Blue" (Original Single Version) - 3:18
  3. "Union City Blue" (Vinny Vero's Turquoise Mix) - 8:23
  4. "Union City Blue" (Burger Queen Peroxide Power Mix) - 7:40
  5. "Union City Blue" (OPM Poppy Mix) - 8:48
  6. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Mix) - 8:34
  7. "I Feel Love" (Live) - 7:53
  • Identical to the UK Diddy's Power & Passion Edit mix.

Chart peaks[edit]Edit

Chart (1979-1980) Peak

position

Germany (Media Control AG)[3] 54
Irish Singles Chart[4] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 47
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 13
Chart (1995) Peak

position

UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 31
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[7] 30

Cover versions[edit]Edit

The song has been covered on several occasions, notably by The Railway Children and Radiohead.

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