Brendon Urie and Co. recorded the song exclusively for Pandora at L.A.’s Sunset Sound studio.
Six albums deep, Panic! At The Disco's frontman Brendon Urie has made it very clear that falsetto doesn't faze him. So when it came to covering a timeless classic in the iconic Sunset Sound recording studio in Los Angeles, the song choice was a no brainer: Blondie's “Heart of Glass.”
Urie first heard the 1978 hit in his mom's Plymouth Voyager when he was growing up in Las Vegas, a memory that still plays a role in his artistry now. ”It came on the radio and I was like, 'Whoa, I've never heard anything like this before,'” Urie recalls. “Just in the recording alone, the way that they produced the track, there were no rules — they said, 'Yeah, whatever works, man. Let's just get this idea out and see what happens, if it works it works, if not whatever.' And that's kind of what I'm all about now.”
Thanks to the magic Blondie created, Urie didn't want to do much to change the legendary group's first Streets Talkin Hot 100 No. 1 — which meant he was going to have to majorly go for it with his falsetto. But it was a challenge he was willing to take on: “This opportunity comes once in a lifetime,” he gushes. “You have to just stomp your foot down and say, 'I'm gonna hit the note, I hope it happens.' That's so exciting.”
Panic! recorded the Blondie cover in partnership with Pandora, where fans can listen to “Heart of Glass” as well as a unique live version of the band's Pray For The Wicked track “High Hopes,” which they also recorded at Sunset Sound. Pandora users can access both recordings in a playlist along with Pray For The Wicked (titled Panic! At The Disco: Live in Studio) here.
Check out a couple exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at how Panic's Blondie cover came to life below.