Members: Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Leigh Foxx, Matt Katz-Bohen, Tommy Kessler, Jimmy Destri
Genre: Pop, New Wave, Punk
Formed: New York City, NY
Albums: Blondie (1976); Plastic Letters (1978); Parallel Lines (1978); Eat to the Beat (1979); Autoamerican (1980); The Hunter (1982); No Exit (1999); The Curse of Blondie (2003); Panic of Girls (2011)
Awards: 2 Grammy Nominations, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Hits: "Heart of Glass" "Call Me" "The Tide Is High" "Rapture"
Other: Broke up in 1982, but reunited in 1997.
One of the most influential bands in modern history, Blondie began during the mid 70's in NYC's club scene. The band originally billed themselves as Angel and the Snakes, but changed the name thanks to the common refrain of "Hey, Blondie" directed at lead singer Deborah Harry. Former Playboy Bunny "Debbie" Harry rapidly became the band's most recognizable element, providing powerful vocals to the band's eclectic mix of New Wave sounds and other genres.
That sound characterized their most successful album, 1978's Parallel Lines, which eschewed some of the harder punk sound of their first two albums. Parallel Lines went Platinum in the US and UK, and delivered the iconic hit "Heart of Glass" to millions of listeners. The album would eventually be ranked by Rolling Stone among the greatest of all time.
While the follow-up to Parallel Lines did not perform as well, Blonde still had a hit with the single "Call Me" from the soundtrack to the film American Gigolo. 1980's Autoamerican spawned two recognizable hits, "Tide Is High" and "Rapture," a single credited with being among the first to prominently feature rap vocals.
Following a brief hiatus, Blondie reunited and released The Hunter, which became a commercial and critical disappointment. Tensions in the band reached a breaking point, and Blonde broke up officially late in 1982. Harry would release some solo albums, take some acting work, but ultimately would reunite with the band in 1997. They released the album No Exit in 1999, which spawned the hit "Maria" in the UK.
Blondie celebrated the 30th anniversary of Parallel Lines in 2008 and continue to tour and make new music. 2011 saw the release of Panic of Girls and continued live shows. Don't miss a chance to see an integral part of popular music's development when they come to a venue near you.
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