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.
Watch Miley Cyrus Cover Blondie and Hall and Oates Classics
"Heart of Glass" and "Maneater" were played during recent TV performances.
Hear Cars and Blondie Members' New Song, 'Well, Look at You'
Song from 'The Second Album' came in a dream, where it was sung by Mick Jagger.
Why James Bond Rejected Blondie's Version of 'For Your Eyes Only'
Band's attempt at theme for 12th 007 movie was “briefly” considered.
What Debbie Harry Learned from David Bowie and Iggy Pop
Blondie’s first tour was as opening act for two classic-rock icons.
Ivan Kral, Early Blondie Member Who Became Famed Songwriter, Dies
His home movies also formed the basis for 1976's 'The Blank Generation,' a seminal document of the New York City scene.
How Taxi Cabs and Laundromats Figure in Blondie’s Career
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein recall how their hits “Hanging on the Telephone” and “Heart of Glass” came about.
Blondie Follow Up Breakthrough With Eclectic 'Eat to the Beat'
'Parallel Lines' made them stars, so they branched out even more on their fourth LP.
Debbie Harry Wonders If She Should Have Kept Quiet About Rape
Blondie singer says response to her telling of incident has made her reconsider.