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.
45 Years Ago: Blondie Escapes the Underground on 'Parallel Lines'
Once dismissed as a '60s throwback pop group, they ended up having the last laugh.
45 Years Ago: Blondie Preps for Greatness on 'Plastic Letters'
Band's second album arrived seven months before breakthrough 'Parallel Lines.'
Blondie’s Close Call with Gun-Toting Phil Spector
Notorious producer put .45 to Debbie Harry’s leg and shouted: “Bang! Bang!”
40 Years Ago: A Rare Disease Prompts Blondie to Break Up
After years of massive success, things suddenly came crashing down for the band in 1982.
Reissue Roundup: Summer Sets From Blondie, Lou Reed and More
Box sets, expanded albums and previously unreleased recordings highlight the past months' best archival releases.
How Blondie Thrived by Making ‘Mistakes in Public’
Drummer Clem Burke recalls misunderstood early CBGBs scene as a “workshop.”
Listen to Blondie's Original Demo for 'Go Through It'
'Autoamerican' track started life as a song called "I Love You Honey, Give Me a Beer."
Blondie Announce Their First Box Set, 'Against the Odds'
Upcoming collection includes remastered versions of the band's first six albums plus previously unreleased material.
Chris Stein to Sit Out Upcoming Blondie Tour Due to Heart Issue
Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock will join lineup for run.