June 13, 2024

Heart Of Glass” was one of those transition songs. It came along as disco’s excesses consumed the genre. The Blondie song had a New Wave feel with a dash of Punk but you could still dance to it. As the group progressed its Rock tendencies emerged in the songs “Call Me,” “One Way Or Another” (from the “Parallel Lines” album) and “Dreaming” (on “Eat To The Beat”).

Blondie formed in ‘75 around the nucleus of Deborah Harry, a blonde ex-Playboy bunny, and her husband/guitarist Chris Stein.

The group was a hybrid from the start mixing melodic Rock with Punk and just about anything else that was available. “The Tide Is High” plugged-in Reggae while “Rapture” was considered the first “white Rap record.” Both were on the band’s fifth studio album, a 1980 release, “AutoAmerican.”

By the early ‘80s the group had run its course. Add to that Stein’s debilitating illness and Blondie was done. Harry took time off to help her hubby recuperate before launching a checkered solo career. With Stein recovered, Blondie reformed in the late ‘90s but by then it didn’t matter except to hardcore fans. ’03 release “The Curse Of Blondie” continued to cater to the faithful.

In ’06, Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an introductory speech by Shirley Manson (frontwoman for Garbage).

Later in the year, Blondie was inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard.

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