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Blondie Biography


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Birth Place: New York City, New York, US
Years Active: 1975-1982, 1997-present
Genres: New Wave, Pop Rock, Post-punk, Punk Rock, Power Pop, Disco


Blondie is an American rock band, founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. Their first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of ''Parallel Lines'' in 1978.

“Parallel Lines” became the group's most successful effort, selling 20 million copies worldwide. "Heart of Glass" was their first U.S. hit. The disco-infused track topped the U.S. charts in April 1979. Blondie's next single in the U.S. was a more aggressive rock song, "One Way or Another" (US #24), which became their second hit single in the United States. Meanwhile, in the UK, an alternate single choice, "Sunday Girl", became a #1 hit.

Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.

Blondie broke up after the release of their sixth studio album ''The Hunter'' in 1982. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin.

The band reformed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with "Maria" in 1999. The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide and is still active today, with a new album, ''Panic of Girls'', planned for release in 2010.




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