Intro and Info
Blondie is a band from the USA that are difficult to classify, they were founded by their vocalist, Debbie Harry as well as the guitarist Chris Stein.
Their first two albums contained strong elements of those styles, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie were still seen as being very underground in the USA, until the release of the Parallel Lines in 1978 caused them to receive more commercial acclaim.
During the following few years, they had several successful hit singles, some of the best known being; "Call Me", "Atomic" and "Heart of Glass", they became noted for mixing musical styles that weren't usually put together, taking elements of Disco, Pop, and Reggae, also being one of the first ever acts to press Rap on to vinyl, all the while retaining their Punk/New Wave feel.
Blondie split up shortly after they released their sixth studio album The Hunter in 1982.
Debbie Harry followed a solo career with mixed results, after taking a few years out to look after partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin.
They re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with "Maria" in 1999, exactly 20 years after their first UK No.1 single ("Heart of Glass").
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 over 40 million records worldwide and is still active today. The band's ninth studio album, Panic of Girls, was released in 2011, and their tenth, Ghosts of Download, was released in 2014.
1) Blondie (1976)
2) Plastic Letters (1978)
3) Parallel Lines (1978)
4) Eat to the Beat (1979)
5) Autoamerican (1980)
6) The Hunter (1982)
7) No Exit (1999)
8) The Curse of Blondie (2003)
9) Panic of Girls (2011)
10) Ghosts of Download (2014)
Members Name Check
- Debbie Harry – lead vocals (1975–1982, 1997–present)
- Chris Stein – guitar, bass (1975–1982, 1997–present)
- Clem Burke – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1975–1982, 1997–present)
- Leigh Foxx – bass (session and touring musician: 1997–2004; 2004–present)
- Matt Katz-Bohen – keyboards, piano, organ (2008–present)
- Tommy Kessler – guitar (2010–present)
- Fred Smith – bass (1974–1975)
- Billy O'Connor – drums (1974–1975; died 2015)
- Ivan Kral – guitar (1974)
- Tish Bellomo – backing vocals (1975)
- Eileen Bellomo – backing vocals (1975)
- Jimmy Destri – keyboards, piano, synthesizer, organ, backing vocals (1975–1982, 1997–2003)
- Gary Valentine – bass, guitar (1975–1977, 1997)
- Frank Infante – guitar, bass, backing vocals (1977–1982)
- Nigel Harrison – bass (1978–1982, 1997)
- Paul Carbonara – guitar, backing vocals (session and touring musician: 1997–2004; 2004–2010)
- Kevin Patrick (aka Kevin Topping) – keyboards, piano, backing vocals (2003–2007)
- Jimi K Bones – guitar (2003)