Blondie & Fab 5 Freddy – “Yuletown Throwdown (Rapture)”
Blondie’s 1981 dance hit “Rapture” featured a spoken word rap from lead singer Debbie Harry, making it technically the first rap song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Harry’s rap begins with the line, “Fab Five Freddy told me everybody’s fly,” a shout-out to the hip-hop impresario, later of Yo! MTV Raps fame. The following year, Freddy jumped on the beat himself for “Yuletown Throwdown (Rapture),” an extremely rare 45 made available to Blondie fan club members and as an insert in the U.K.-based Flexipop Magazine.
It’s basically Harry and Freddy riffing and rapping over a loose instrumental take of “Rapture” and every once in a while Harry bothers to warble the chorus – she sounds drunk. Before the music comes in, Harry complains to Freddie, “You don’t look like Santa to me, you’re too skinny. You’re not really Santa Claus. I never saw Santa Claus wearing sunglasses. Besides, it’s winter.” He responds, “We be shockin’ the house and then a rockin’ it well. I’m gonna take you on down to the depths of hell. I’m gonna tell you what a Christmas all about. We’re gonna rock, shout, scream and shout. … Like the Son of Sam with his 44, an’ he be groovin’ out, we don’t be havin’ no more.” He goes on to state that he plans use actual gold to purchase a new mink stole, champagne, caviar and a jaguar for his girlfriend for Christmas. How ostentatious!