Blondie is an American rock band, founded by singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American New Wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. They have released 9 studio albums, 3 live albums, 13 compilation albums, and 34 singles.
Their debut album Blondie was issued in December 1976 and was re-released in October 1977. The band's first commercial success occurred in Australia in 1977, when the music television program Countdown mistakenly played their video "In the Flesh", which was the B-side of their current single "X-Offender". Both the single and album reached the Australian top five in October 1977, and a subsequent double-A release of "X-Offender" and "Rip Her to Shreds" was also popular.
In February 1978, Blondie released their second album, Plastic Letters. The album's first single, "Denis", was a cover version of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 hit. It reached number two on the British singles charts, while both the album and its second single, "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear", reached the British top ten. Chart success, along with a successful 1978 UK tour, including a gig at London's Roundhouse, made Blondie one of the first American New Wave bands to achieve mainstream success in the United Kingdom.
Parallel Lines, Blondie's third album, was released in September 1978 and became the group's most successful effort, selling 20 million copies worldwide. The album's first two singles were "Picture This" and "Hanging on the Telephone". "Heart of Glass" was their first U.S. hit. The disco-infused track topped the U.S. charts in April 1979. The song was accompanied by a music video that showcased Harry's hard-edged and playfully sexual persona, and she began to attain a celebrity status that set her apart from the other band members, who were largely ignored by the media.
Blondie's next single in the U.S. was "One Way or Another" which became their second hit single in the United States. Their fourth album, Eat to the Beat, was released in October 1979. In 1980, "Call Me" was the title theme of the soundtrack for the Richard Gere film American Gigolo.
In November 1980, Blondie's fifth studio album, Autoamerican was released and featured "The Tide Is High", a cover version of a 1967 song by The Paragons, and "Rapture", which was one of the earliest songs containing elements of rap vocals. In October 1981, Chrysalis Records released The Best of Blondie, the group's first greatest hits compilation. Blondie took a brief break in 1981 and Deborah Harry and Jimmy Destri both released solo albums.
The band reconvened to release a new album, The Hunter, in 1982. The album featured the singles "Island of Lost Souls" and "War Child". The album also included "For Your Eyes Only", a track the band had been commissioned to write and record for the 1981 James Bond film of the same name, but was rejected by the film's producers.
In 1996, Stein and Harry began the process of reuniting Blondie and contacted original members Burke, Destri, and Valentine. In 1997, the original five-piece band reformed, including Valentine on bass, did three live performances, all at outdoor festivals sponsored by local radio stations.
A new album, No Exit, was released in February 1999 and the first single, "Maria", became Blondie's sixth UK number one single exactly 20 years after their first chart-topper, "Heart of Glass". This gave the band the distinction of being one of only two American acts to reach number one in the UK singles charts in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s (the other being Michael Jackson who had No. 1 hits with The Jacksons and solo in the same decades). Their follow-up album The Curse of Blondie was released in October 2003.
In March 2006, Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seven members were invited to the ceremony, which led to an on-stage spat between the extant group and their former bandmates, Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante, who asked during the live broadcast of the ceremony to be allowed to perform with the group, a request refused by Harry.
In June 2008, Blondie commenced a world tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parallel Lines. In December 2009, the band released the song "We Three Kings" to coincide with the Christmas holiday. Their next album, Panic of Girls, was released in May 2011. The lead single, "Mother", was released beforehand as a free download and a music video for the song was released.
In 2017, Blondie released their latest album, Pollinator.