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Blondie’s Deborah Harry: I’m flattered by my fans

Clem Burke, Blondie and Chris Stein at Bleau Live at Fontainebleau
Clem Burke, Blondie and Chris Stein at Bleau Live at Fontainebleau
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If some upstart musician wants to copy Deborah Harry’s style, bring it.

“I think it’s sort of our own natural process to learn from the people before us,” said the Blondie singer before her band’s concert at the Fontainebleau Saturday night. “It seems to me that a lot of musicians are self taught to some degree, which means a lot of listening is involved.”

Blondie cofounder/guitarist Chris Stein thinks he knows the secret to the group’s staying power: The ability to mix things up. “We started out in the punk-rock era, but we didn’t have tunnel vision like say The Ramones or the Sex Pistols,” Stein said. “We were all over the place, and that seems to be the norm nowadays. We’re kind of like the shuffle on an iPod. There are so many genres and sub-genres.”

Drummer Clem Burke thanks the Internet era for helping music in general. “It’s all the immediacy now. Sometimes it would take months to figure out what the hell a song was; now you can dig stuff out in a minute. Everyone has access to everything; that’s the good aspect.”

Harry is still pleased by the attention to such classics as Dreaming, Heart of Glass and Call Me still get.

“We have a relationship with the material,” she said, “and when people want to hear a song it’s really flattering.”

Power dad

You’d think Mario Lopez would chat about celebrities, what with that job on Extra on all. But the former Saved by the Bell star, 40, wanted to talk about his kids (Gia, 3, and Dominic, 5 months) while hosting a fashion show to launch the Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach Saturday. “I never knew I had such feelings inside of me,” Lopez told People. “No matter how rough my day has been, when I get home and hear my children yell, ‘Daddy!’ I feel so much better.”

Ideal marriage

Regardless of her husband’s lofty plans, Victoria Beckham has said she doesn’t want to move to Miami because their four kids are already in place at good schools in London. But we can’t say we wouldn’t enjoy witnessing the happy couple gallivanting around town and maybe crib some tips for a happy marriage. She told Allure that Becks is “the most wonderful man I have ever met. He's a fantastic father. He's incredibly talented, a wonderful husband.”

That’s not all: Sounds like the soccer megastar cleans up after himself. “We're very equal at home.”

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