Blondie came out of the same fertile New York City rock scene of the mid-'70s that spawned the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads and other pre-punk, punk and post-punk legends. Led by singer Debbie Harry, the group played girl-group songs updated for street-toughened modern ears. After two albums of proto-New Wave, they hit the big time with their third, 1978's 'Parallel Lines,' which included the No. 1 hit single 'Heart of Glass.' Over the next four years, Blondie placed three more songs at the top of the chart: 'Call Me,' 'The Tide Is High' and 'Rapture.' Along the way, the group adapted new sounds and attitudes. 'Heart of Glass' and 'Call Me' were disco hits, 'The Tide Is High' injected an island rhythm into its grooves and 'Rapture' was one of the first hip-hop songs to go mainstream. Blondie broke up in 1982 but got back together in 1999 for a series of albums and tours.

Revisiting Blondie’s Comeback LP, ‘No Exit’
When Blondie broke up in 1982, it seemed like the end for the former darlings of the New York punk/New Wave underground, who'd enjoyed a torrid string of pop hits during the late-'70s and early-'80s. As it turned out, they just needed a 15-year break...
35 Years Ago: Blondie Release ‘Parallel Lines’
In 1978, Blondie began to skyrocket to the big time. When the band first appeared on the scene at famed NYC club CBGB in 1975, they were dismissed as a '60s throwback pop group. But they had the last laugh, becoming the most successful act to emerge form that rock 'n' roll underg…
Blondie Denies Retirement Story
Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry is considering retiring after one last world tour with the group, according to drummer Clem Burke. As he explains, the move would put an end to the groundbreaking band: "Obviously there’s no Blondie without Debbie Harry."

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