Blondie (album)

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Blondie
Studio album by Blondie
Released December 1976
Recorded August - September 1976 at Plaza Sound Studios, New York
Genre New wave
Length 33:25
Label Private Stock (2023)
Chrysalis (CHR 1165)
Chrysalis Reissue (PV 41165 / VK-41165)[1]
Producer Richard Gottehrer, Craig Leon, Alan Betrock
Blondie chronology
Blondie
(1976)
Plastic Letters
(1978)
Singles from Blondie
  1. "X Offender"
    Released: June 17, 1976
  2. "In the Flesh"
    Released: October 1976
  3. "Rip Her to Shreds"
    Released: November 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Blondie is the eponymous debut album by American new wave band Blondie, released in December 1976 on Private Stock Records.

Overview[edit]

The first single "X Offender" was originally entitled "Sex Offender" but since radio stations would not play a song with such a controversial title, the band renamed the song. After disappointing sales and poor publicity, the band ended their contract with Private Stock and signed with Chrysalis Records in 1977. Chrysalis re-released the album in September 1977, along with the single "In the Flesh". The album reached #14 in Australia,[6] where the band had already had a Top 3 hit with "In the Flesh". The album also charted at #75 in the UK in early 1979, where the band had become immensely popular.

The album was first digitally remastered by Chrysalis Records UK in 1994. In 2001, the album was again remastered and reissued, this time along with five bonus tracks. "Out in the Streets" (The Shangri-Las cover), "The Thin Line" and "Platinum Blonde" are three of five tracks from a 1975 demo recorded by Alan Betrock; all five were first issued on the 1994 compilation The Platinum Collection. Bonus track "Platinum Blonde" was the first song that Debbie Harry wrote.[7] Original single versions of "X Offender" and "In the Sun" are both sides of Blondie's first single, issued on Private Stock, and are different mixes from the album versions. The two Private Stock versions are both remastered from vinyl.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "X Offender"   Deborah Harry, Gary Valentine 3:14
2. "Little Girl Lies"   Harry 2:07
3. "In the Flesh"   Harry, Chris Stein 2:33
4. "Look Good in Blue"   Jimmy Destri 2:55
5. "In the Sun"   Stein 2:39
6. "A Shark in Jets Clothing"   Destri 3:39
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Man Overboard"   Harry 3:22
8. "Rip Her to Shreds"   Harry, Stein 3:22
9. "Rifle Range"   Stein, Ronnie Toast 3:41
10. "Kung Fu Girls"   Harry, Valentine, Destri 2:33
11. "The Attack of the Giant Ants"   Stein 3:34

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Ellie Greenwich – backing vocals on "In the Flesh" and "Man Overboard"
  • Micki Harris – backing vocals on "In the Flesh" and "Man Overboard"
  • Hilda Harris – backing vocals on "In the Flesh" and "Man Overboard"

Production[edit]

  • Richard Gottehrer – producer
  • Craig Leon – producer ("X Offender", "In the Sun"), remix engineer
  • Rob Freeman - engineer
  • Don Hunerberg - assistant engineer
  • Greg Calbi - mastering
  • David Perl - art direction, design
  • Shig Ikeida – photography
  • Originally recorded at Plaza Sound Studios NY, August - September 1976 and released on Private Stock (2023) in December 1976, reissued on Chrysalis (1165) in October 1977.
  • Kevin Flaherty - 2001 re-issue producer
  • Alan Betrock - original producer of "Out in the Streets", "The Thin Line" and "Platinum Blonde"

Chart positions[edit]

Year Country Position
1977 Australia #14
1979 United Kingdom #75

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Che, Cathy (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.223
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Blondie (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 December 2005.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Blondie". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 7, 1977). "Blondie: Blondie : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone (236). Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Blondie". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 23 September 2011.  Portions posted at "Blondie: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Blondie Day on Green Adelaide 5 technologyauthority.net.[dead link]
  7. ^ Che, Cathy (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.81
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Blondie – Blondie". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Blondie in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go