“Heart of Glass” is set to be released in early 1979 with a due date set for February 3rd 1979 on Chrysalis Records.
A 5:50 version of ‘Heart of Glass’ was first released as 12-inch single in December 1978. Some radio stations in the US were reluctant to play the song because of the “pain in the ass” lyric, so an edited 7-inch single was released in January 1979.
The original album version was released as a single in the UK where the BBC bleeped out the offending word. Debbie Harry told The Guardian, “At first, the song kept saying: ‘Once I had a love, it was a gas. Soon turned out, it was a pain in the ass.’ We couldn’t keep saying that, so we came up with: ‘Soon turned out, had a heart of glass.’ We kept one ‘pain in the ass’ in – and the BBC bleeped it out for radio.
The final result, noting that Destri’s appreciation of technology had led him to introduce synthesizers and to rework the keyboard sections. The song was accompanied by a music video filmed at a club in New York City. The music video is said to showcased Harry’s hard-edged and playfully sexual character, as well as her famously stiff marginally disinterested persona.