Blondie: A New Wave Legacy
Blondie: A New Wave Legacy
Blondie is one of the most influential and successful bands of the new wave era, blending elements of punk, pop, disco, reggae and rap. The band was formed in 1974 by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, and went on to release 11 studio albums, 4 live albums, 14 compilation albums, 3 remix albums, 3 EPs, and 38 singles. The band has sold an estimated 40 million albums worldwide and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Blondie - Discography (1976 - 2011)
In this article, we will explore Blondie's discography from their debut album in 1976 to their latest release in 2011, highlighting their musical evolution, achievements and challenges.
The band's debut album was originally released by Private Stock Records in December 1976, but did not chart in the UK until it was re-released by Chrysalis Records in March 1979. The album featured a raw and energetic sound that drew from garage rock, girl group and surf music influences. The album included the singles "X Offender", "In the Flesh" and "Rip Her to Shreds".
Plastic Letters (1977)
The band's second album was released by Chrysalis Records in September 1977 and marked a shift towards a more polished and pop-oriented sound. The album featured the hit singles "Denis", a cover of Randy & the Rainbows' "Denise", and "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear", written by bassist Gary Valentine. The album also included "Fan Mail", "Contact in Red Square" and "I'm on E".
Parallel Lines (1978)
The band's third album was released by Chrysalis Records in September 1978 and is widely regarded as their masterpiece. The album was produced by Mike Chapman, who helped the band refine their sound and craft catchy hooks and melodies. The album featured the smash hits "Heart of Glass", "One Way or Another", "Hanging on the Telephone" and "Sunday Girl". The album also included "Picture This", "Fade Away and Radiate" and "Pretty Baby". The album reached number one in the UK and number six in the US, and sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
Eat to the Beat (1979)
The band's fourth album was released by Chrysalis Records in September 1979 and continued their commercial success. The album was accompanied by a video album, featuring a music video for each song. The album featured the hit singles "Dreaming", "Atomic", "The Hardest Part" and "Union City Blue". The album also included "Shayla", "Accidents Never Happen" and "Die Young Stay Pretty". The album reached number one in the UK and number 17 in the US.
The band's fifth album was released by Chrysalis Records in November 1980 and showcased their musical diversity and experimentation. The album featured the hit singles "The Tide Is High", a cover of The Paragons' reggae song, and "Rapture", which introduced rap music to a mainstream audience. The album also included "Europa", "Angels on the Balcony" and "Walk Like Me". The album reached number three in the UK and number seven in the US.
The Hunter (1982)
The band's sixth album was released by Chrysalis Records in May 1982 and was their last studio album before their breakup in 1983. The album was influenced by Stein's interest in reggae and Harry's fascination with film noir. The album featured the singles "Island of Lost Souls", "War Child" and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game". The album also included "Orchid Club", "Dragonfly" and "For Your Eyes Only". The album reached number nine in the UK and number 33 in the US.
No Exit (1999)
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