Blondie (album)

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Blondie
Blondie album cover.jpg
Studio album by Blondie
Released December 1976
Recorded August–September 1976
Studio Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Genre New wave, punk rock
Length 33:25
Label Private Stock
Producer Richard Gottehrer
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[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
The Village Voice B+[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 provocative 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, Stein 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 Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blondie – Blondie". AllMusic. Retrieved December 14, 2005. 
  2. ^ "Blondie: Blondie". Entertainment Weekly. New York: 85. September 21, 2001. 
  3. ^ "Blondie: Blondie". Q. London (97): 135. October 1994. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Blondie". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 14, 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Blondie Day on Green Adelaide 5 technologyauthority.net. Archived August 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  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 Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search