Song of the Day: One Way or Another by Blondie

Back to the past with one of the best stalker song ever.

Written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison for the band’s third studio album, Parallel Lines (1978), the song was inspired by one of Harry’s ex-boyfriends whostalked her after their break up. The song was released as the fourth single in the US as the follow-up to “Heart of Glass”. “One Way or Another” reached number twenty-four in the Billboard Hot 100. Although never officially released as a single in the United Kingdom, the song charted there in February 2013. Rolling Stone ranked the song #298 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrics

One way or another, I’m gonna find ya’
I’m gonna get ya’, get ya’, get ya’, get ya’
One way or another, I’m gonna win ya’
I’m gonna get ya’, get ya’ ,get ya’, get ya’
One way or another, I’m gonna see ya’
I’m gonna meet ya’, meet ya’, meet ya’, meet ya’
One day maybe next week, I’m gonna meet ya’
I’m gonna meet ya’, I’ll meet ya’
I will drive past your house and if the lights are all down
I’ll see who’s around

One way or another, I’m gonna find ya’
I’m gonna get ya’, get ya’, get ya’, get ya’
One way or another, I’m gonna win ya’
I’ll get ya’, I’ll get ya’
One way or another, I’m gonna see ya’
I’m gonna meet ya’, meet ya’, meet ya’, meet ya’
One day maybe next week ,I’m gonna meet ya’
I’ll meet ya’ ah

And if the lights are all out I’ll follow your bus downtown
See who’s hangin’ out
One way or another, I’m gonna lose ya’
I’m gonna give you the slip
A slip of the lip or another I’m gonna lose ya’
I’m gonna trick ya’, I’ll trick ya’
One way or another, I’m gonna lose ya’
I’m gonna trick ya’, trick ya’, trick ya’, trick ya’
One way or another, I’m gonna lose ya’
I’m gonna give you the slip

I’ll walk down the mall, stand over by the wall
Where I can see it all, find out who ya’ call
Lead you to the supermarket checkout, some specials and rat food
Get lost in the crowd
One way or another I’m gonna get ya’
I’ll get ya’
I’ll get ya’, get ya’, get ya’, get ya’
Where I can see it all, find out who ya’ call

The song was included on the US and Canadian versions of the band’s first hits compilation, The Best of Blondie (1981), but not on international releases.

Blondie released a manipulated live version of the song (with the audience noise removed) as the theme for the 1999 US television series Snoops. This version was released in the US as a bonus track on the US Live version of their album Livid (Live). The original un-edited live version was included on the European / non-US Livid version.

Use in popular culture

“One Way or Another” is featured in the films Little Darlings (1980), My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987) Carpool (1996), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Donnie Brasco(1997), Coyote Ugly (2000), Mean Girls (2004), Three and Out (2008), The Spy Next Door (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), Puss in Boots (2011) and So Undercover(2012), as well as the television series Veronica Mars. It plays over the end credits of the film Seed of Chucky (2004). It is heard in the opening moments of The A-Team episode, “Incident at Crystal Lake”, and the Mexican flash animated comedy film El Agente 00-P2 during a car chase. It plays in “Supernatural” season 6 episode 17-“My Heart Will Go On”, over the “Sam and Dean can die at any second” montage. Debbie Harry performed the song as the opening act of her episode of The Muppet Show in 1981. It was also in an episode of Psyche.

This song was also featured in film trailers such as Undertaking Betty (2002), The Pink Panther (2006) and Furry Vengeance (2010).

The song is a playable track on Rock Band 2Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades. It is featured in Driver: Parallel Lines. It is featured in several 2004 Swiffer commercials and appears on The Simpsons episode “Bart-Mangled Banner”. Actress Kristen Bell did a karaoke version in one episode of the TV series Veronica Mars. Actress Jorja Fox sang the song during one episode of the first season of the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In The Rugrats Movie (1998), Angelica sings the song with different lyrics (written by Eryk Casemiro); the soundtrack album includes a longer version of the song heard in the movie. It was featured in the third season of Glee in an episode entitled “Mash Off” where the character Santana Lopez sang the song as part of a mash up with “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. It was featured in the second season of The Glee Project, in the sixth episode entitled “Fearlessness”. The contestants had to sing the same mashup as Lopez in Glee. The song is the title track for Channel 4’s 2005-2006 drama Sugar Rush. A remake of the song was released in February 2013 by the popular boy-band One Direction. The remake song and a music video were released on iTunes to help raise money for Comic Relief U.K.

Cover versions

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song in 1983 for the episode “The Incredible Shrinking Dave” from their TV series.

Skate punk band Face To Face covered it as a B-side on their 7″ “No Authority” in 1991.

The song was covered in 1998 by the actress Melissa Joan Hart for an episode of her TV series, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. It was released later that year on the show’s soundtrack album.

American Hip Hip Group The Black Eyed Peas interpolates this song on their 1999 single, Karma, from their debut album, Behind the Front.

The UK singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor recorded a cover version for the soundtrack of the 2002 film The Guru.

Singer Mandy Moore recorded a cover for the 2006 film Aquamarine.

British boy band One Direction covered “One Way or Another” as a mashup with “Teenage Kicks”, called “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)” as the 2013 Comic Relief single.

Rapper G-Dep interpolates this song on his song called “One Way” on his album, Child of the Ghetto.

The Pretenders made a cover of “One way or another”

A Polish rap rock band Terra Bite made a cover which they played in the sixth Polish edition of the talent show Must Be The Music.

Blondie

Origin New York City, US
Genres New wave, punk rock, dance-rock, post-punk
Years active 1974–1982
1997–present
Labels Chrysalis/EMI
Beyond/BMG
Epic
Sanctuary
Private Stock
Website http://www.blondie.net
Members Debbie Harry
Chris Stein
Clem Burke
Leigh Foxx
Matt Katz-Bohen
Tommy Kessler
Past members See: Former members
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