Blondie









Blondie

Blondie

was a rock band that was formed in the late 1970's in the United states. The band has sold over 40 million records. They were one of the earliest punk rock and New Wave groups to perform. The first two albums the group released were successful in the United Kingdom and in Australia but they were only considered as an underground band in the United states until they released their album, Parallel Lines, in 1978.

The lead singer of the group is Deborah Harry, with Chris Stein (guitarist), Clem Burke (drummer), Jimmy Destri (keyboard player), and Gary Valentine (bass player). Two other original members were, Tish Bellomo and Eileen Bellimo, sisters. They were both vocalists. The group was first called Angel and the Snake but was changed to Blondie in 1975. The name was chosen because truck drivers would call, “hey Blondie”, when they drove by Deborah. Deborah was also a former Playboy Bunny and waitress. She had been a member of the group, Wind in the Willows and also The Stilettos, previous to forming Blondie. Chris was a former member of The Stilettos also and he and Deborah formed a romantic relationship.

The group got their first record deal with Private Stock records in the mid 1970's and released their debut album, Blondie, in 1976. They also released the single, X-Offender the same year. Private Stock records was bought out by Chrysalis Records and they re-released their first album on the new label in 1977. They also released the single, Rip Her To Shreds.

Deborah achieved success and it caused tension among the members of the group. The Bellimo sisters left the group and started the company, Manic Panic. They are now vocalists for the group, Sic F*cks. They perform only once a year. Chris Stein was diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease so the group split up in 1982. Blondie’s reputation grew and other members tried to pursue their own careers. The group reformed in 1997 and gained success with their number one hit in the United Kingdom with, Maria in 1999. They toured throughout the world for the next few years. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the RockWalk of Fame in 2006.

The group’s first commercial success in Australia was in 1977. The television program called, Countdown, played their music video, In the Flesh, by mistake. The one they were supposed to play was the flip side which was X-Offender. Jimmy Destri later claimed that the mistake was what gained the group success. Had it not been for the mistake they might not have had near the success they had. Molly Meldrum was the show’s employee who played the wrong song and the group still thank him today for the mistake.