Blondie was founded in 1974 in New York by singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band pioneered in the American new wave and punk scene of the mid seventies and often hung out in the famous punk rock club CBGB. Blondie’s first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States.
Their second album, “Plastic Letters”, released in 1978, led to a breakthrough in Europe with the Buddy Holly style song Denis (a cover by Randy and the Rainbow’s hit from 1963) reaching no. 1 in the Dutch charts and staying there for three consecutive weeks. This success was followed by (I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear.
“Parallel Lines”, Blondie’s third album, released in September 1978, delivered the biggest bestseller of their career and their breakthrough in the U.S.A.. This album contained big hits like Picture This, Hanging on the Telephone and Heart of Glass.
Blondie’s fourth album “Eat to the Beat” (1979) contained hits like Dreaming and Atomic. This album was followed by “Autoamerican” with the reggaecover The Tide is High, a cover version of the 1967 song by The Paragons, which reached number four in The Netherlands. And of course Rapture, which was the first song to feature rapping to reach number one in the United States. In this song Debbie Harry mentions hip hop icons Fab Five Freddy, who also appears in the music video and Grandmaster Flash.
After their sixth album “The Hunter” was released Blondie split up at the end of 1982. Drug abuse by band members, financial mismanagement, the act’s commercial decline and Chris Stein being diagnosed with the life-threatening illness pemphigus result in the break up. Debbie Harry gives up her solo career as well to take care of Chris Stein.
The band makes a comeback in 1997 with the album “No Exit”. This album contains the number one hit Maria and Blondie embarks on a world tour. In 2003 they release “The Curse of Blondie” and the band continues to tour, giving three sold out concerts in The Netherlands.
The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide and is still active today. Their ninth studio album, “Panic of Girls”, was released in 2011, and their tenth album, “Ghosts of Download”, is to be released in 2014.