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Blondie’s Debbie Harry: Adopted Child Cultural Legend

Hi, it’s Wachel Wiley-Coyote, numbers expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full MoonIt’s women and feminism week at the Greenygrey, and I think there’s few better examples of female role models who’ve struggled through juvenile adversity to legendary status than Debbie Harry of Blondie.

I think I can relate a little to DebThe show in which two contestants engage in a battle of wits, competing against the clock in games of lexical dexterity and numerical agilitybie Harry after my human parallel Rachel Riley was criticised for her short skirts early in her Countdown career.

Tough Childhood to Blondie Success

Debbie Harry was adopted. After graduating college with an Arts degree she struggled through her early singing career with jobs ranging from a BBC Radio secretary to a Playboy Bunny.

Blondie
Cover of Blondie

After singing in a few bands she found success with Blondie, fronting a band completed with four male musicians. Debbie was of course considered the leader and main focal point of the band.

Harry mixed a cool singing persona with punk fashion and dancing to capture the attention and admiration of both men and women.

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein

Although Harry’s onstage behaviour and dress might have brought disapproval by some people, she had an exemplary long-term relationship with bandmate Chris Stein. 

This included Blondie taking a break for an extended period of time at the height of their success as Harry cared for Stein when he began suffering from the blistering autoimmune disease pemphigus.

Blondie Continue to Rock n’ Roll

Blondie never regained their late 1970s heyday, but have continued to record and tour, and have had several successful records in recent years.

Debbie Harry continues to be an icon for the late 1970s generation, symbolising that time of exciting punk and new wave musical acts. And now she is an example of leading a good and successful life after overcoming early adversity.

Deborah Harry
Cover of Deborah Harry

I wonder if the late-1970s men generation would like and love women as much today without Debbie Harry?

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Countdown Letters and Numbers Expert Guests

Hi, it’s Wachel Wiley-Coyote, foxy WereWolf letters and numbers expert on Countdown to the Full Moon. My esteemed colleague, Susie Dentinfang, has asked me to guest for her today, as she is still recovering from Laurelgate, and would prefer to remain in the background researching.

Acmecious
Acmecious (Photo credit: Chicago Man)

Advantages of Analysing Yourself

Today, we’re analysing the Greenygrey; which we’re pretty sure we know, and will be the first to do; therefore avoiding any double meanings, and bypassing the need for a peer review.

On Countdown to the Full Moon I’m the Queen of numbers and letters, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a close look at the construction of the Greenygrey.

Groundbreaking Greenygrey Research Shock Finding

With all the references to GG on Greenygrey blogs my hypothesis before beginning my research was that G would be the most common letter in the Greenygrey.

G
G (Photo credit: chrisinplymouth)

I was therefore shocked and thrilled at the end of my quantitative research to find that E is in fact the most common letter in Greenygrey.

E occurs three times in the Greenygrey, while there are only two Gs; although they are of course prominently placed. There are also two Rs and Ys. One N completes the Greenygrey.

Consonants and Vowels 

With E being the most common letter in the Greenygrey you might think that there are more vowels (a,e,i, o, u) than consonants (the other 21 letters).

However, E is in fact the only vowel. That means there are only three vowels, and seven consonants.

The Tree of Vowels Sculpture, Tuileries Garden...
The Tree of Vowels Sculpture, Tuileries Gardens – Paris. (Photo credit: Jim Linwood)

Letter Prominence Number Values

E is the most common letter in the Greenygrey, and is also the highest scoring if the letters are awarded values according to their placing in the word: i.e. if the first letter (G) is awarded 10 points, and the last letter (Y) 1.

With 55 points to play for, E gets 17 points for a third place (8), fourth (7) and ninth (2).

G gets 14 points for a first place (10) and seventh (4).

R gets 12 for a second (9) and eighth (3).

Y gets 6 points for sixth (5) and tenth (1); the same as N for its fifth place (6).

So, the only surprise in these prominence results after the quantitative research is that N equals Y despite having only one inclusion in the Greenygrey; whereas Y has two.

E3 2012
E3 2012 (Photo credit: Chase N.)

Conclusion: Time for Greenygrey Rebranding?

My main finding was that E seems a more important letter to the Greenygrey than G. That leads me to question whether GG, or G2, should be rebranded as EEE or E3?

That decision is thankfully outside my area of expertise, and my mission will finish when I deliver my results to the Greenygrey and You.

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