Blondie formed in New York City in 1974, and are still regarded as one of the most important and influential bands in the development of punk and new wave music. Led by the iconic Debbie Harry, they became known for their distinctive, melodic punk-influenced pop, which at times incorporated elements of musical styles such as reggae and disco. Their first two albums sold well in the UK and in mainland Europe, while they remained something of an underground act in their home country until the release of their third album, the brilliant Parallel Lines. Having already endured numerous line-up changes, the band broke-up in 1982 following their The Hunter album. They then surprised the music world by reforming in 1997, and releasing a fine comeback album in 1999, which even spawned the UK number 1 single Maria. Another studio album appeared in 2003, but was not so successful. They have continued to tour, and joined the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006. They have sold over 40 million records worldwide.
Followers: The Long Blondes, New Pornographers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, No Doubt, The Strokes, The Donnas, The Go-Go’s, Madonna
Influenced By: The Shangri-Las, New York Dolls, T. Rex...