The Tide is High with Blondie

This band had everyone dancing and singing along Blondie is an American rock band which was established by singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. They were looked upon as pioneers in early new wave and punk music in America. Blondie became popular with their 1978 recording of Parallel Lines. They came out with hits such as “Atomic”, “Call Me”, and “Heart of Glass”. The band mixed up the sounds of pop, disco, rap and even reggae. After releasing their sixth album in 1982 The Hunter Blondie broke up for awhile. Deborah Harry had to help take care of her partner Chris Stein who had contracted pemphigus which is a rare autoimmune disease of the skin. Then in 1987 Blondie came together once more and had a number one single in the U.K. with “Maria” in 1999.

Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and they are still active today.

In 1978 Blondie came out with their second album Plastic Letters. From this album came the singles “Denis” and “(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear”. Their third album Parallel Lines brought their biggest best seller “Heart of Glass” which went on to sell 20 million copies round the globe. Other singles from this album included “Picture This” and “Hanging on the Telephone”. Blondie’s next single was a somewhat aggressive rock song called “One Way or Another” and became their second hit single in the U.S. Meanwhile their song “Sunday Girl” became a number one hit in the U.K.

Incredibly this band seemed to have become unstoppable their fourth album Eat to the Beat brought forth more hits such as “Atomic”, “Dreaming” and “Union City Blue”. Blondie’s next single “Call Me” got the rock band a Grammy nomination. The song sat on the U.S. and Canada charts at number one for six weeks. Autoamerican the bands fifth album came out in November of 1980 along with a number one reggae kind of song “The Tide is High” and the rap type of song “Rapture” and this reached number one in the U.S. Then in 1981 The Best of Blondie was released with all of their greatest hits.

When the band started recording again in 1981 they came out with the album The Hunter however this album was not as well received as the others had been. From it came two singles “Island of Lost Souls” and “War Child”. It was at this point that Chris Stein was diagnosed with the life=threatening disease pemphigus. Blondie formally announced their break-up in November of 1982.

Coming together once more they released the album No Exit in February of 1999 with the single “Maria”. This album was followed by The Curse of Blondie but it wasn’t as popular but did include the single “Good Boys”. Blondie went on a world tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album Parallel Lines in June of 2008. The band gave concerts all over the U.S. and went overseas to Israel, the U.K., Russia, and Scandinavia finishing up in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the Christmas holidays coming on they released the song “We Three Kings” in December of 2009. Another world tour called “Endangered Species Tour” came in June of 2010 and included the U.K. and Ireland and later on Australia and New Zealand. To the delight of their many fans Blondie is alive and well and they continue to perform and tour.

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billybuc 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

You lost me on this one. I've never been a Blondie fan...but interesting information nonetheless.


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always exploring 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

I'm with Bill on this one but I love disco music. I lived in Houston the first part of the eighties and went dancing at a disco club that had lights in the floor. I loved it and had a ball. Great review Rasma!


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Genna East 7 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I remember Blondie, well. "Heart of Glass" was a favorite song. I am also aware of how she disappeared from the scene for a while to take care of Chris Klein. I lost track of her after that, so it's interesting to know that she is on the tour scene and doing so well.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Blondie takes getting used to Bill.

Glad you enjoyed Ruby.

Yes, Blondie has lots of songs I enjoy and I too am glad she is still singing Genna.


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bravewarrior 5 months ago from Central Florida

I wasn't a Blondie fan either, but I love learning things about the bands of yesteryear through your hubs, Rasma.

Are Debbie Harris and Chris Klein still together? How's his health?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Don't know if their still together as such but yes, he's still alive and now 66 Shauna.

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