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The Rock-itt : October 2009
I once asked my youngest son who is a musician in a Punk Rock band, if he knew that the band Blondie were one of the pioneering outfits that were responsible for original Punk music. He seemed astounded at what I had said and challenged my statement saying that no way Blondie had anything to do with the Punk music scene and that their music was just Pop Rock! To settle the debate we decided to go to Google and get some expert advice. Well to my son's surprise, Blondie was one of the original Punk Rockers and even though not the hardened grungy type Punk, still and all their music was regarded as "Punk". As far as I can recollect, Blondie came onto the music scene around the mid seventies and the song that pops into mind is "Heart of Glass". I heard it on the car radio and thought it very cool. But it wasn't until I saw the film clip that I laid eyes on Deborah Harry, that I knew Blondie was something special. Here was this unbelievably good looking lady with an incredible voice and also penned original music, leading a great bunch of muscos with some very catchy, very in music. To me Blondie had arrived. Blondie was based in New York City where she had worked previously as a waitress before forming the band with guitarist, Chris Stein. But it wasn't just Debbie's good looks that made heads turn and ears listen, there was a wealth of talent in Blondie, and once their first album hit the streets in 1976, simply titled "Blondie", the band had built a good fan base which carried the album up the charts. Again in 1977 they released their second album, "Plastic Letters" with the track "Denis" leaping up to number 2 on the charts in the U.K. In 1978 the band made a hat trick by releasing their 3rd album "Parallel Lines" which had the track "Heart of Glass". The song became a number one hit both in the U.S. and Great Britain, selling well over a million copies with the album itself selling over 1 million copies. Now Blondie was described as the best group of the 70s as their success continued to soar, more hits followed such as "Call Me", "The Tide is High" and "Rapture", all making it to the top in the early 80s. But in 1982 the magic seemed to dessert the group when their 6th album, "The Hunter", failed to make an impact and grass roots guitarist, Chris Stein became ill with a rare disease "Pemphigus". The band had a meeting and decided to dissolve the union and for the next 15 years Blondie as a group lay dormant. In 1997 they agreed to get back together once more and in 1998 they launched into an international tour. Success seemed to embrace the band once again as their new album, "No Exit" got rave reviews with the single taken from the album titled "Maria" reaching number 1 in Great Britain. Since the reunion in 1997, Blondie have brought out countless hit songs and right up til today are still playing and touring together. In 2006 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also The Rock Wall Hall of Fame - a fitting gesture for a great band.