When Debbie Harry Was Flashed By David Bowie And Proposed To By Anthony Kiedis
Debbie Harry is often praised for her beautiful voice, great vocal range, original style, and beauty. She achieved international fame as the lead vocalist of Blondie which she also co-founded in 1974. Debbie is one of the very few women who had the courage to enter the rock scene in the ’70s, which was a predominantly male space.
However, her songs ranked Number 1 in the United States and the United Kingdom numerous times from 1979 to 2017, and Debbie came to be known as one of the pioneers of American punk and new wave music. Her life was not easy and she suffered numerous traumatic experiences, such as being raped and almost kidnapped by a serial killer.
In her memoir ‘Face It,’ which was released in 2019, Debbie shed light on all the struggles she’s been through as a woman in the rock scene. Nonetheless, there are also some interesting stories that have surfaced, such as David Bowie flashing Debbie and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead singer proposing to her.
Did David Bowie Flash Debbie Harry?
Debbie Harry and David Bowie were both in the rock scene around the same time and their paths crossed when Bowie and Iggy Pop gave a listen to the band’s debut album. Blondie was invited to open for Pop and Bowie in early 1977, in support of the former’s debut album, ‘The Idiot.’
While opening for them, Blondie members got close with the other musicians, and one day Debbie Harry really helped them out. Both Iggy and David enjoyed doing cocaine and when in New York, their dealer suddenly stopped responding, and ‘they were out.’ Debbie gave them hers which was highly appreciated by David Bowie.
In exchange for her generosity, Bowie exposed his genitals which came as a surprise to Debbie. She recorded this event in both her memoir and talked about it during a later interview. She said that she found it funny and interesting because ‘David’s size was notorious‘ and she recalled feeling flattered.
Here’s what Debbie Harry said during her interview with The Times:
“One time David and Iggy were looking for some blow. Their connection in New York had suddenly died and they were out. A friend had given me a gram, but I had barely touched it. I didn’t care for coke too much — it made me jittery and wired and it affected my throat. So I went upstairs with my vast quantity of cocaine and they just sucked it right up in one swoop.
After they did the blow, David pulled out his cock — as if I were the official cock checker or something. Since I was in an all-male band, maybe they figured I really was the cock-check lady. David’s size was notorious, and he loved to pull it out with both men and women. It was so funny, adorable, and sexy.
It was very funny… I didn’t touch it. But I did think, well – very nice. I don’t know, it’s too bad you can’t ask him. I guess I was sort of flattered, you know? He’s one of the great men that I admire in the music world, clearly a genius.”
Did Anthony Kiedis Propose To Debbie Harry?
With the release of his memoir ‘Scar Tissue,’ Anthony Kiedis revealed the troublesome childhood that he had growing up with his actor and drug dealer father. We have already told you the stories considering his first sexual intercourse at the age of 12 with his father’s girlfriend, and how he slept with an underage girl and started a nationwide manhunt.
Growing up with his father, Blackie Dammett in California gave Kiedis access to a lot of exclusive rock parties and in one of those, 12-year-old Kiedis met the love of his life, Debbie Harry. He was already a huge fan of the band and Debbie Harry’s voice ‘was indelibly etched on my soul‘ he said.
Here’s what he wrote about it in ‘Scar Tissue’:
“At that time, my favorite record was Blondie’s first. Every one of those songs was indelibly etched on my soul, and I was totally in love with Deborah Harry.”
After seeing her at a party, Kiedis couldn’t stop himself from walking up to her. He approached her and they started chatting which was probably a dream come true for little Anthony. Finally, he found the courage and proposed to Debbie Harry who years later remembered the incident as well and said that she had to let him down easily.