Deborah Harry, looking angular and plugging Blondie's new Panic of Girls album, has a rather somber interview with New York (August 29, 2011), in which she remembers an economic downturn in the band's fortunes:
"Chris got really sick. Our record company folded. We had poor management. Mercenary management. Suddenly we were broke. The IRS took our house. I was famous. I'd hear myself on the radio, and it felt like the whole world collapsed around me. I didn't sing for years."
Does she regret not becoming as big a brand as Madonna? It's not Madonna she uses in this hypothetical:
"Big as we were, sometimes I am completely miserable about not becoming a giant megastar, like Beyoncé or someone. I tell myself my little art pretensions held me back, kept me at a certain level, like a cult figure, and how truly awful that is. Then I see myself in the mirror and just laugh because that stuff is just stupid, you know?"