As part of Blondie, frontwoman Debbie Harry quickly became the iconic face of a new musical movement, a new decade and a new generation. An undoubted pop icon there aren’t many people that can outshine her in a duet. That said, perhaps there may be one figure who can give her a run for her money and he’s pretty green.
Harry’s quite astoundingly brilliant vocals with Blondie and her own solo projects have seen her duet with some fine singers and artists. Whether it’s the illustrious Iggy Pop or notorious Nick Cave, nobody has ever matched the legendary status of the one and only legendary singer, Kermit the Frog. It must remain one of the moments of Harry’s career that was as surreal as it was joyful.
We needn’t give you the lowdown on Kermit, we all know that he is likely one of the greatest actors, finest singers, and best looking leading men in television history — these are facts. Harry joins the one and only Kermit as part of her cameo on this 1980 episode of The Muppet Show and the duo deliver quite a stunning performance too.
In 1980, Harry and her band Blondie were breaking out of the New York and London punk scene and bringing with them a whole new wave of music and fans. Blondie were out of the toilet circuit and hitting the big time, now, Debbie Harry was becoming the face of a generation and a bonafide pop icon. What better way to prove that point than by watching Harry grace the stage of The Muppet Show.
The Muppets were at an all-time high. The 1979 movie (The Muppet Movie) had been a huge success and captured the imagination of a nation, with one of the tracks from the score becoming a bit of a hit for the show. Kermit’s performance of his feel-good song ‘Rainbow Connection’ had swelled the hearts of the audience and gathered up the last remaining unconverted.
In the clip of Episode 509, after Harry reveals her infatuation with rainbow songs and all the ones they could sing until Kermit suggests “my rainbow song”. She and Kermit then perform a wonderful duet of the hopeful track with the kind of dewy-eyed irreverence that makes things worthwhile. While Harry does also feature in the Frog Scout Groups sketch and a few others, it is this performance that rings out above the rest.
A song built on the promise of unity and the healing power of acceptance and love, sung by two growing icons of the time meant that for all the protestations to say otherwise, this may well be Debbie Harry’s best duet.
Watch below as Debbie Harry duets with Kermit the Frog to sing ‘Rainbow Connection’.