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Blondie - Discography (1976 - 2011)


Blondie - Discography (1976 - 2011)




Blondie is an American new wave band that was formed in 1974 by Chris Stein and Deborah Harry. The band is known for their eclectic mix of pop music styles, such as new wave, British invasion rock and roll, garage rock and roll, disco, reggae, Latin rhythms, and hip-hop. Blondie has sold an estimated 40 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.


In this article, we will review the discography of Blondie, which consists of 11 studio albums, 4 live albums, 14 compilation albums, 3 remix albums, 3 EPs, and 38 singles. We will also highlight some of their most successful and influential songs and albums.


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Studio Albums




Blondie released their first studio album, titled Blondie, in December 1976. The album did not chart in the UK following its original release, but charted in March 1979 after it was re-released by Chrysalis Records. The album featured the singles "X Offender", "In the Flesh", and "Rip Her to Shreds". The album showcased the band's punk rock roots and influences from girl groups and surf rock.


The band's second studio album, Plastic Letters, was released in September 1977. The album reached number 10 on the UK Albums Chart and number 72 on the US Billboard 200. The album spawned the hit singles "Denis" and "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear". The album also marked the addition of drummer Clem Burke and keyboardist Jimmy Destri to the band.


The band's third studio album, Parallel Lines, was released in September 1978. The album was a huge commercial and critical success, reaching number one on the UK Albums Chart and number six on the US Billboard 200. The album also achieved multi-platinum certifications in several countries. The album featured the smash hits "Heart of Glass", "One Way or Another", "Hanging on the Telephone", and "Sunday Girl". The album is widely regarded as one of the best albums of the new wave era and one of the most influential albums of all time.


The band's fourth studio album, Eat to the Beat, was released in September 1979. The album was another success for the band, reaching number one on the UK Albums Chart and number 17 on the US Billboard 200. The album also produced four UK top 10 singles: "Dreaming", "Union City Blue", "Atomic", and "The Hardest Part". The album showcased the band's versatility and experimentation with different genres, such as reggae, rap, and funk.


The band's fifth studio album, Autoamerican, was released in November 1980. The album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart and number seven on the US Billboard 200. The album also featured two US number one singles: "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture". The album was a departure from the band's previous sound, incorporating elements of jazz, orchestral pop, disco, and rockabilly.


The band's sixth studio album, The Hunter, was released in May 1982. The album was a commercial disappointment for the band, reaching number nine on the UK Albums Chart and number 33 on the US Billboard 200. The album also failed to produce any major hit singles, with only "Island of Lost Souls" reaching the top 10 in the UK. The album reflected the band's interest in world music and urban themes.


The band went on a hiatus after the release of The Hunter, due to personal and professional issues. They officially disbanded in 1982. In 1997, Blondie reunited with original members Harry, Stein, Burke, and Destri. They released their seventh studio album, No Exit, in February 1999. The album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart and number 18 on the US Billboard 200. The album also featured the UK number one single "Maria", which became Blondie's sixth UK chart-topper and their first since 1980.


The band's eighth studio album, The Curse of Blondie, was released in October 2003. The album reached number 36 on the UK Albums Chart and number 160 on the US Billboard 200. The album also spawned the UK top 20 single "Good Boys". The album was a diverse collection of songs, ranging from pop rock to electronica to blues.


The band's ninth studio album, Panic of Girls, was released in July 2011. The album did not chart in the US, but reached number 73 on the UK Albums Chart. The album also featured the singles "Mother" and "What I Heard". The album was influenced by the band's travels and experiences around the world, incorporating sounds from reggae, ska, and Middle Eastern music.


The band's tenth studio album, Blondie 4(0) Ever, was released in May 2014. The album consisted of two discs: one disc containing new material called Ghosts of Download, and another disc containing re-recorded versions of their classic songs called Greatest Hits Redux. The album reached number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and number 109 on the US Billboard 200. The album also included the single "A Rose by Any Name", featuring Beth Ditto of Gossip.


The band's eleventh and most recent studio album, Pollinator, was released in May 2017. The album reached number four on the UK Albums Chart and number 63 on the US Billboard 200. The album also featured the singles "Fun", "Long Time", and "Too Much". The album was a return to the band's classic pop rock sound, with contributions from various contemporary artists, such as Sia, Charli XCX, Dev Hynes, and Johnny Marr.


Live Albums




Blondie has released four live albums throughout their career. The first one, Picture This Live, was released in October 1997. The album contained recordings from their 1978 UK tour, supporting Parallel Lines. The second one, Live (US) / Livid (UK), was released in November 1999. The album contained recordings from their 1998-1999 reunion tour, supporting No Exit. The third one, Live by Request, was released in September 2004. The album contained recordings from their 2004 concert for the TV show Live by Request. The fourth one, At the BBC, was released in October 2010. The album contained recordings from their various appearances on BBC radio and TV shows between 1979 and 1980.


Compilation Albums




Blondie has released 14 compilation albums throughout their career. The first one, The Best of Blondie, was released in October 1981. The album contained a selection of their hit singles from their first five albums. The album reached number four on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the US Billboard 200. The second one, The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie (Blondie and Debbie Harry), was released in March 1991. The album contained a selection of their hit singles as well as solo material from Deborah Harry. The album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart.


The other compilation albums are: Blonde and Beyond (1993), Beautiful - The Remix Album (1995), Remixed Remade Remodeled - The Remix Project (1995), Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie (1998), Once More into the Bleach (1998), Greatest Hits (2002), Singles Collection: 1977-1982 (2004), Greatest Hits: Sight + Sound (2005), Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download (2014), Blondie Singles Collection: 1977-1982 (2014), Blondie 4(0) Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download (2014), and Blondie: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download (2014).


Conclusion




Blondie is one of the most influential and successful bands of all time. They have created a legacy of timeless songs and albums that span across various genres and styles. They have also inspired countless artists and fans around the world with their music and image. Blondie's discography is a testament to their creativity, innovation, and longevity.


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