The first encounter I can remember having with Blondie was via the video for the track Heart Of Glass, which was absolutely everywhere in the late 70s. Like a lot of lads at the time, I lusted for Deborah Harry, who was cool, sexy and way out of our league.
Blondie is the eponymous debut from the band and obviously shows the beginnings of what became a stellar career, albeit one defined where Ms Harry and the Blondie name became entwined to the point where many thought she was Blondie and led to merchandise being issued by the band, in the form of a button, stating 'Blondie Is A Band'. As a debut it clearly shows the band's penchant for writing wonderfully hook-laden pop.
A leading light on the punk scene, the band eschewed the rough and ready sounds employed by so many of their contemporaries in favour of well arranged and produced tracks, with Harry's voice clear over the top of the instruments. And what a voice is is too - listening to her, I can imagine she has that sexy half smile she is known for while singing. What a wonderful picture that is too, although I imagine nothing like the Penthouse magazine pictures Mine mentions below, a magazine I couldn't get my hands on for love or money, damn it all.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
"I couldn't resist you/ I'm not deaf, dumb and blind..."
My first view of Blondie came with this album, when the then-iconic Aussie TV show Countdown played In The Flesh - apparently in error as it was actually the B-side to their first single. And I fell in love. While not a real fan of blondes, Debbie Harry's cutting, sultry drawl and that pouty, Parisian look just knocked me over. Although I didn't buy a Blondie album until Parallel Lines came out the following year, I picked up this CD a few years ago because I don't own In The Flesh. And it's a great album.
Ms Harry was also responsible for me buying Penthouse magazine, with many blushes, for the first time. Because there was a huge 7-page interview and many photos of her, which I clipped out and stuck on my teenage bedroom walls. Not sure what became of the rest of the magazine...
Blondie became a staple of my record collection, and the Greatest Hits is a poor substitute for the aforementioned Parallel Lines or Autoamerican. *sigh* more for that damn shopping list, YourZ. Wasn't the whole object of this exercise to throw music out? (YourZ sez: look at it this way, hunnybuns - we're only improving on the collection, regardless of what we do).
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
In our collection, we also have The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry & Blondie