Remembering when Debbie Harry and Joan Jett predicted an upcoming apocalypse
Given the current circumstances the world has found itself in, it is only natural to go in search of answers. Dipping back into the Far Out Magazine archives to fill our time during the lockdown, we’re asking the all-important question: Did Debbie Harry and Joan Jett predict this apocalypse?
Back in 2017, the two icons came together for the rebellion anthem ‘Doom Or Destiny’ which featured on Blondie’s most recent record Pollinator. The video, which tells the narrative of how Donald Trump’s election win, details the potential change to civilisation as we know it which, quite fittingly, feels more than relevant to revisit today when normal life feels lost—albeit for a completely different reason.
At the time of its release, 2017 felt like a strange new dystopian world was upon us with the political landscape turning upside down across the world. Harry and Jett, reflecting on uncertain times, used the song’s official video to tp somewhat forecast the predicament we find ourselves in today.
‘Doom Or Destiny’ perfectly encapsulates that punk spirit that Blondie has always embodied, but this is perhaps the band at their most fiery and overtly political. Speaking about the track as well as the visuals, Harry said at the time: “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.”
Joan Jett thought it was a no brainer to take part in the track, a figure who firmly believed in the message behind the song and, of course, of the impending doom being upon us, saying: “Blondie – Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit. They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock. I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to ‘Doom or Destiny’, I love the music and I love the message.”
In these testing times it is worth watching this video from only a few years ago to act as another remind as if we needed one that Debbie Harry and Joan Jett are always one step ahead of the curve who felt like there was apocalyptic uncertainty hiding around the corner and they have been once again proved right.