Rip Her to Shreds

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"Rip Her to Shreds"
Blondie - Rip Her To Shreds.jpg
Single by Blondie
from the album Blondie
B-side "In the Flesh"
"X Offender"
Released November 1977
Format 7", 12" vinyl
Recorded 1976
Genre Punk rock,[1][2] new wave
Length 3:23
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Songwriter(s) Deborah Harry, Chris Stein
Producer(s) Richard Gottehrer
Blondie singles chronology
"In the Flesh"
"Rip Her to Shreds"
"In the Flesh"
"Rip Her To Shreds"
Audio sample

"Rip Her to Shreds" is a song by American new wave band Blondie, which features on the band's self-titled debut album.

Single information[edit]

"Rip Her To Shreds" was Blondie's first UK single, released on Chrysalis Records in the UK in late 1977, though it did not chart. The single peaked at #81 in Australia in March 1978.[3] The B-sides to this single were "In the Flesh" and "X Offender", both previously issued as A-side singles by Private Stock Records, and both moderately successful in certain territories. As a promotional gimmick the song was also released as a 12" single (at that time a relative rarity), selling for 99p.[citation needed]

In a BBC Radio documentary about Blondie, singer Debbie Harry said "Rip Her to Shreds" is about what gossip columns do to people's lives.[4]

"Rip Her to Shreds" was included on Blondie's first greatest hits compilation The Best of Blondie, released in October 1981.

Two versions of the song are featured in the 2011 film Bridesmaids where the original studio version plays in the opening of the film and the live version plays during the end credits.[5]

Blondie re-recorded the song for their 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever which included their 10th studio album Ghosts of Download and marked the 40th anniversary of the forming of the band.


Chart (1978) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 81

Release history[edit]

UK 7", 12" (CHS 2180)
  1. "Rip Her to Shreds" (Deborah Harry / Chris Stein) – 3:22
  2. "In the Flesh" (Harry / Stein) – 2:33
  3. "X Offender" (Harry / Gary Valentine) – 3:14


Pop duo Boomkat recorded a version of the song for 2004 film Mean Girls.


  1. ^ Stewart Mason. "Rip Her to Shreds review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 July 2013.  "One of the few Blondie songs that could truly be called punk"
  2. ^ John Doran (12 July 2011). "Once More Unto The Bleach: Debbie Harry Interviewed". Retrieved 16 July 2013.  "the serrated punk of 'Rip Her To Shreds'"
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. pp. 37–38. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ BBC 6 Music, Friday 31 March 2006, Overnight documentary on Blondie which was a re-airing of an existing BBC radio documentary: "Sunday Girl: The Blondie story", BBC Radio 2, 1999, (first aired 1999/09/18), presented by Toyah Willcox. [1]
  5. ^ Soundtracks for Bridesmaids, IMDb

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