|Studio album by|
|Studio||The Hit Factory, New York City|
|Singles from The Hunter|
The Hunter, as stated in the press release, is loosely a concept album based on the theme of "searching, hunting. or pursuing one's own Mt. Everest." Tracks on the album include Jimmy Destri's Motown pastiche "Danceway", while "Dragonfly" has a science-fiction theme to its lyrics about a race in space. "The Beast" deals with Deborah Harry's experiences of becoming a public figure: "I am the centre of attraction, by staying off the streets". "English Boys" is Harry and Chris Stein's melancholy tribute to "those English boys who had long hair", The Beatles, recorded the year after John Lennon's assassination in New York City, describing the innocence and idealism of the 1960s, while "War Child" references military conflicts in Cambodia and the Middle East. The album concludes with a cover version of Smokey Robinson's "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game", originally recorded by The Marvelettes in 1967.
The song "For Your Eyes Only" was originally written for the 1981 James Bond film of the same name. The producers of the film, however, favored a track composed by Bill Conti and Michael Leeson and asked Blondie to record that song instead. When Blondie declined, the Conti/Leeson song was passed on to Sheena Easton. Blondie opted to release their song (written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein) on The Hunter.
Two singles were released from the album, "Island of Lost Souls" and "War Child" (the latter of which was also released as a 12" extended version). "Danceway" was planned for release as a single in Canada (backed with "For Your Eyes Only") but the single was withdrawn.
In the liner notes to the 2001 reissue of The Hunter, producer Mike Chapman stated "I knew that we were in a different and far less accessible artistic space. And that worried me. I could tell that things were different now, and I knew that this would be the last Blondie album."
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The album peaked at in the UK, in Australia and in the US. Compared to Blondie's three previous albums with Mike Chapman as producer (Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat and Autoamerican), The Hunter proved to be a disappointment, both commercially and critically. Six months after its release, the band splintered. The summer Tracks Across America Tour '82 was set to promote the album, but turned out to be unsuccessful. The band's European tour which was due to follow in autumn was cancelled.
|1.||"Orchid Club"||Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry||5:45|
|2.||"Island of Lost Souls"||Chris Stein, Harry||4:42|
|4.||"For Your Eyes Only"||Stein, Harry||3:07|
|5.||"The Beast"||Stein, Harry||4:54|
|6.||"War Child"||Harrison, Harry||4:00|
|7.||"Little Caesar"||Stein, Harry||3:00|
|9.||"(Can I) Find the Right Words (To Say)"||Destri, Harry||3:07|
|10.||"English Boys"||Stein, Harry||3:49|
|11.||"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"||Smokey Robinson||3:37|
|Bonus track on 1994 and 2001 CD reissues|
|12.||"War Child (Extended version)"||Harrison, Harry||7:58|
|Australian Albums Chart||15|
|Canadian Albums Chart||24|
|Dutch Albums Chart||19|
|German Albums Chart||49|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||27|
|Norwergian Albums Chart||19|
|Swedish Albums Chart||18|
|UK Albums Chart||9|
|U.S. Billboard 200||33|