Blondie

Formed 1974.
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Blondie chat to Jo Whiley

Blondie were in session at Maida Vale for Jo Whiley - hear the interview.

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Biography

Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. Its 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 until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Call Me", "Atomic" and "Heart of Glass" and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.

Blondie broke up after the release of its sixth studio album The Hunter in 1982. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin.

The band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with "Maria" in 1999, exactly 20 years after their 1st UK No1 single.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Panic of Girls

    Panic of Girls 2011

    Reviewed by Ben Hewitt
    Flashes of inspiration aren’t enough to make for a wholly convincing return.
  2. Review of Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits 2002

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...no arguments - Blondie were, in modern parlance, the bomb.
  3. Review of Eat To The Beat

    Eat To The Beat 1979

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Timeless pop that still sounds box fresh today.
  4. Review of Parallel Lines

    Parallel Lines 1978

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    ...the group was unafraid to go disco, go art, or just play fine, fine pop.
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