Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. Its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including “Call Me”, “Atomic” and “Heart of Glass” and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.
In January 1981, “Rapture” was released as the second and final single from the album Autoamerican. The song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. The song peaked at #4 in Australia and #5 in the United Kingdom.
“Rapture” is a combination of disco, funk, and hip hop with the rap section forming an extended coda. The song title “Rapture” served to indicate this element. While it was not the first single featuring rapping to be commercially successful, it was the first to top the charts. Its lyrics were especially notable for namechecking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.
Other than the original remixes from 1981, the first official remix of “Rapture” can be found on the 1988 compilation album Once More into the Bleach. The album contained the Teddy Riley extended 6:58 mix and a 2:22 Bonus Beats mix.
The German 12″ single featured a 3:48 single mix and a 7:18 dub version by Teddy Riley, the 12″ also added a 3:28 single mix of Denis by Dancin’ Danny D which also only appeared on the album in an extended version.
Rapture (The Teddy Riley Remix) 3:48
Rapture (Dub Version) 7:18
Denis (The ’88 Remix) 3:28