Blondie (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1976
RecordedAugust–September 1976
StudioPlaza Sound Studios, New York City
LabelPrivate Stock, later re-released on Chrysalis
ProducerRichard Gottehrer
Blondie chronology
Plastic Letters
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

Blondie is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Blondie. It was released in December 1976, by Private Stock Records.


The first single "X Offender" was originally titled "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 mid 1977. Chrysalis re-released the album in September 1977, when they issued Blondie's 2nd album "Plastic Letters", along with the single "In the Flesh". The album reached No. 14 in Australia,[1] where the band had already had a Top 3 hit with "In the Flesh". The album also charted at No. 75 in the UK in early 1979, where the band had become immensely popular.

Through the production of Richard Gottehrer, who had worked with the Angels and other artists of the 1950s and 1960s, much of the music is suffused with the girl group sound of that era. Harry told an interviewer in 1978 that the band never intended to be retro and when some journalists described them that way, it was "quite a shock".[2] Likewise she rejected any attempt to brand the music as pop, insisting that Blondie played new wave music.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
Q4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[10]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

Reviewing Blondie in 1977 for Rolling Stone, Ken Tucker called the album "a playful exploration of Sixties pop interlarded with trendy nihilism" and found that all the songs "work on at least two levels: as peppy but rough pop, and as distanced, artless avant-rock".[12]

In 2020, Rolling Stone included Blondie at number 401 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."X Offender"Deborah Harry, Gary Valentine3:14
2."Little Girl Lies"Harry2:07
3."In the Flesh"Harry, Chris Stein2:33
4."Look Good in Blue"Jimmy Destri2:55
5."In the Sun"Stein2:39
6."A Shark in Jets Clothing"Destri3:39
Side Two
7."Man Overboard"Harry, Stein3:22
8."Rip Her to Shreds"Harry, Stein3:22
9."Rifle Range"Stein, Ronnie Toast3:41
10."Kung Fu Girls"Harry, Valentine, Destri2:33
11."The Attack of the Giant Ants"Stein3:34
Bonus tracks on 2001 CD re-issue
12."Out in the Streets" (Original Instant Records demo)Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich2:20
13."The Thin Line" (Original Instant Records demo)Harry, Stein2:16
14."Platinum Blonde" (Original Instant Records demo)Harry2:12
15."X Offender" (Original Private Stock single version)Harry, Valentine3:13
16."In the Sun" (Original Private Stock single version)Stein2:38



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"


  • 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 Ikeda – photography
  • Originally recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, 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 (1977) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[14] 14
Chart (1979) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 75


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Blondie Day on Green Adelaide 5 Archived August 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ravendale, Ian (1978). Audio interview: Blondie's Debbie Harry (1978) (mp3). Rock's Backpages Audio. Event occurs at 4:15 – via Rock's Backpages.
  3. ^ Ravendale interview. Event occurs at 1:15.
  4. ^ Che, Cathy (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p. 81.
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blondie – Blondie". AllMusic. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Weingarten, Marc (September 21, 2001). "Blondie: Blondie / Plastic Letters / Parallel Lines / Eat to the Beat / Autoamerican / The Hunter". Entertainment Weekly. New York. p. 85.
  7. ^ "Blondie: Blondie". Q. No. 97. London. October 1994. p. 135.
  8. ^ Berger, Arion (June 8, 2000). "Further Listening". Rolling Stone. New York. Archived from the original on April 1, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Coleman, Mark; Berger, Arion (2004). "Blondie". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob (1995). "Blondie". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 49–50. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 14, 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 7, 1977). "Blondie: Blondie". Rolling Stone. No. 236. New York. Archived from the original on November 22, 2007. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  13. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. New York. September 22, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  14. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. pp. 37–38. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Blondie – Blondie". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 10, 2020.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Blondie in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.