Video: Blondie, ‘Doom or Destiny,’ feat. Joan Jett

Blondie and Joan Jett

Debbie Harry and Joan Jett star as news anchors in this Rob Roth-directed music video that offers an apocalyptic vision of current affairs, which Roth describes as “a ‘fuck you’ to what’s going on in the world and a call to arms for women everywhere.” Co-written by Harry and Blondie co-founder Chris Stein, “Doom Or Destiny” is the opening track off Blondie’s latest album, “Pollinator,” which came out in May and also features appearances by Sia, Charli XCX , the Strokes’ Nick Valensi and Blood Orange.

Harry says, “We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more.” Stein felt they needed to make an overt political statement, hoping to inspire other artists to do the same. He says, “Politics have become the new pop culture phenomena,” adds Stein, “but it seems the current landscape of music videos has so little to do with true protest or some kind of social message. It can be truthful, but irreverent, fun and funny. The punk style protest is somewhat removed from today’s modern music.”

||| Watch: The video for “Doom or Destiny”