Before Blondie, punk and disco were enemies, pop and reggae were strangers and rock and hip-hop were at war. Through groundbreaking songs, Blondie changed all that and the band's influence on generations of artists that followed is undeniable. They were the first group to emerge from New York's new wave/punk renaissance with an album (1976's Blondie), the first to chart a #1 single, a revolutionary blend of punk and disco ("Heart of Glass") and the first to top the charts with both a rap song (1981's "Rapture") and a reggae tune ("The Tide is High").
The original Blondie was formed in 1974 by art student/guitarist Chris Stein and ex-folkie and ex-Max's Kansas City waitress, vocalist/songwriter Deborah Harry. Drummer Clem Burke and keyboard player Jimmy Destri joined in 1975. The band played the fabled New York downtown circuit of CBGB's, Max's Kansas City and Mothers, amassing a major following before recording their well received debut Blondie (1976) and diverse follow-up Plastic Letters (1978).
Produced by British hit-maker Mike Chapman, Blondie's third album and second of 1978, Parallel Lines has sold more than 20 million copies around the world. Universally hailed as the band's masterpiece, Parallel Lines peaked at #6 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart and is anchored by the ubiquitous "Heart Of Glass," Blondie's first #1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The iconic album also features the smash hit "One Way Or Another" as well as additional stylish standouts like "Picture This," "Hanging On The Telephone" and "Sunday Girl."