1968 WIND IN THE WILLOWS

DEBBIE HARRY - PAUL KLEIN - PETER BRITAIN - STEVE De PHILIPS - GIL FIELDS - ANTON KARASFORTH III - IDA X - WAYNE KIRBY

This folk band released an album in 1968 "The Wind In The Willows" (Capitol SKAO 2956 July 1968), but failed to do very well. Debbie sang vocals on some of the tracks as well as some percussion too. A follow-up album was recorded but never got released due to the band breaking up. Debbie wasn't happy that the band would not make changes so she left and soon after the rest of the band broke up and the rest is history.

 

1973 STILETTOS

DEBBIE HARRY - ELDA - AMANDA JONES - ROSIE ROSS - BILLY O' CONNOR - FRED SMITH - CHRIS STEIN

From October 1973 - August 1974 Debbie featured in the Stilettos. The first gig was in October 1973 in a bar on 24th Street called the Bobern Tavern. "It was a mix of Shangri Las/Supremes type trio, doing a mixture of raunchy music. We had alot of fun, but we weren't too musical. Three girls trying to get along together is pretty hard . . . I wanted to do my own thing again and left", says Debbie.

 


1974 BLONDIE Part 1

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - BILLY O' CONNOR - FRED SMITH - JULIE - JACKIE - CLEM BURKE

August 1974 - October 1974. Debbie left the STILETTOS and took the band with her. Their first two gigs at C.B.G.B's were as the band ANGEL & THE SNAKES, and then became BLONDIE. Debbie: "Julie, Jackie and I were all Blonde, so it was an apt name . . . then, right before our first gig, Jackie dyed her hair dark brown." Without transport and organisation they were marooned in Manhattan, with barely enough gigs to survive . . . . but there was new optimism down at the bowery.

 


1974 BLONDIE Part 2

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - BILLY O' CONNOR - FRED SMITH - CLEM BURKE - IVAN KRAL - TISH - SNOOKIE

October 1974 - August 1975. A period racked with torment. Ivan Kral, who'd made an abortive journey to the West Coast since the demise of LUGER, came into bolster the sound but then left again after 3 months. During this time they'd cut some demos with N.Y. writer Alan Betrock. On Clem's first gig, in May 1975 Fred announced he was leaving. "There seemed to be a movement against Blondie".

 


1975 BLONDIE Part 3

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - GARY VALENTINE - JIMMY DESTRI - CLEM BURKE

August 1975 - August 1977. In August came Gary Valentine followed by Jimmy Destri in October, and almost immediately their fortune changed. Producer Richard Gottherer got them a deal with Private Stock Records and they became the third post Dolls N.Y. new wave band to sign a recording contract. Blondie cut a single "X OFFENDER" and their debut album at Plaza Sound. "BLONDIE" (P.S. PVLP 1017) February 1977 which was re-released on (Chrysalis CHR 1165) November 1977. Blondie also toured England with TELEVISION and toured America with IGGY POP.

 


1977 BLONDIE Part 4

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - FRANK INFANTE - JIMMY DESTRI - CLEM BURKE

August 1977 - November 1977. Learning that the band was not too happy with their record deal Chrysalis bought out their contract. A second Album was recorded "PLASTIC LETTERS" (Chrysalis CHR 1166) prior to a trip to Los Angeles, with temporary bassist Frank "The Freak" Infante - another aquaintance of Clem's.

 


1977 BLONDIE Part 5

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - FRANK INFANTE - JIMMY DESTRI - CLEM BURKE - NIGEL HARRISON

November 1977 - November 1978.  Nigel Harrison was in various groups before being flown to New York and then back to London and asked to learn 25 songs in ten minutes. Chrysalis released the first album and a twelve inch version of "RIP HER TO SHREDS" to tie in with a short British tour. This was followed by tours of Australia and Japan then back to the UK in the summer of 1978 for a sell out tour accompanied by the release of their third album "PARALLEL LINES" (Chrysalis CLD 1192) which has been their most successful album to date. Singles from this classic album include the number one "HEART OF GLASS", "SUNDAY GIRL", "PICTURE THIS" and "HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE".

 


1979 BLONDIE Part 6

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - FRANK INFANTE - JIMMY DESTRI - CLEM BURKE - NIGEL HARRISON

In the spring of 1979 they recorded the forth album "EAT TO THE BEAT" (Chrysalis CDL 1125) in New York and this was followed by a sell out US tour and a video album accompanied the album, Blondie were the first band to make and sell a whole video album. Hit singles from the album include the number one "ATOMIC", "DREAMING" and "UNION CITY BLUE" which was written while Debbie worked on her film debut "UNION CITY" a black comedy based in the 1950's. Blondie also took up the chance to star in a cameo appearance in the Rock film "ROADIE" which starred Meatloaf. Another new film project for Blondie was to write the title track for the Richard Gere film "AMERICAN GIGOLO". They got together with producer Giorgio Moroder and wrote the song "CALL ME".

 


1980 BLONDIE Part 7

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - CLEM BURKE - JIMMY DESTRI - FRANK INFANTE - NIGEL HARRISON

Blondie were now thinking very hard about where they wanted to go with their sound, they had made such an impact mixing disco, pop, rock styles that they wanted to venture forward with an album that took it a step further. The last two albums had been produced by Mike Chapman but they were thinking about using Giorgio Moroder for the next album. Things eventually didn't work out so they ended up back with Mike Chapman to record "AUTOAMERICAN" (Chrysalis CDL 1290) which was released on 29th November 1980. "THE TIDE IS HIGH" was the first single and it shot straight to the UK number one spot. Blondie were the first band to tackle rap with the single "RAPTURE" which became a UK number one.

 


1981 DEBBIE HARRY Part 1

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - NILE RODGERS - BERNARD EDWARDS

Rumours began to circulate in the British press that Blondie would split as Debbie's hair went back to it's natural brown colour and she began a solo musical and film career. "Backfired" was the first single to be taken from the album "KOO KOO" followed by "THE JAM WAS MOVING". Both single's didn't do as well as previous Blondie singles but Debbie wasn't too bothered. The Album cover for "KOO KOO" and the video's for the singles were done by H.R.GIGER. Posters advertising the album were banned from public places in the UK because they were seen to be too disturbing depicting Debbie with giant nails through her face. "KOO KOO" (Chrysalis CHR 1347) was released on 8th August 1981.

 


1981 BLONDIE Part 8

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - CLEM BURKE - JIMMY DESTRI - FRANK INFANTE - NIGEL HARRISON

Blondie released "THE BEST OF BLONDIE" (Chrysalis CDLTV 1) 31st October 1981 a couple of months after the release of "KOO KOO" which gave the press more rumours about whether or not the band were going to split. They were infact under contract to record one more studio album.

 


1982 BLONDIE Part 9

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - CLEM BURKE - JIMMY DESTRI - FRANK INFANTE - NIGEL HARRISON

"THE HUNTER" (Chrysalis CDL 1384) album came out 5th June 1982 putting an end to the speculation of a split. At the same time as this was released the Falklands war was about to begin so the two singles to be lifted "ISLAND OF LOST SOULS" and "WAR CHILD" didn't help Blondie sales and Concert ticket sales for "THE HUNTER" WORLD TOUR were selling slowly. Also around this time was the release of a book that Debbie, Chris and Victor Bockris had worked on called "Making Tracks - THE RISE OF BLONDIE". The book included lots of great photos from all the different stages of Blondie and written from Debbie's diaries so it was a very accurate representation of events surrounding the whole group from the beginning. Chris Stein was suddenly struck ill with an unknown disease and poor managment saw Blondie call it a day for good, no press release or speech was made to confirm that Blondie were no more, things just seemed to disolve.

 


1983 DEBBIE HARRY Part 2

DEBBIE HARRY - JELLYBEAN - TONI C - GIORGIO MORODER

This is the time everyone thinks that Debbie stayed out of the film and music limelight to nurse Chris Stein back to health but actually she still carried on working but at a quieter pace venturing for the first time on her own. First off, Debbie made a rather dramatic role of Nicki in the horror film "VIDEODROME", this has since become a cult film with much critical acclaim. As the film was released so was her next solo single. Taken from another film soundtrack, "SCARFACE" Debbie worked once more with writer/producer Giorgio Moroder and released "RUSH RUSH" at the beginning on 1984 although it never reached high chart status. In between doing these film and music projects Debbie also made her debut on the stage and spent weeks learning how to wrestle for the New York play "Trafford Tanzi", but alas it opened and closed in a week due to a heavy slating from the critics. In 1985 Debbie colaborated with Toni C and Jellybean to record a track for the film "KRUSHGROOVE". The song that was used in the soundtrack was "FEEL THE SPIN".

 


1986 DEBBIE HARRY Part 3

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - SETH JUSTMAN

Debbie released "ROCKBIRD" (Chrysalis CHR 1540) on 29th November 1986. It had been eagarly awaited due to no Blondie. The first single "FRENCH KISSIN' IN THE USA" was a worldwide hit showing and reminding people who Debbie was and that she still had the Blondie qualities and more. "IN LOVE WITH LOVE" and "FREE TO FALL" were also released as singles. Around the same time 2 films came out that Debbie starred in. The first was a low budget black comedy called "FOREVER LULU" and John Waters now classic film "HAIRSPRAY" followed a little while afterwards. In 1998 a compilation of Debbie Harry/Blondie tracks was released on double LP and cassette "ONCE MORE INTO THE BLEACH" (Chrysalis CJB 2), this album reached number 50 in the UK album charts for 4 weeks from 17th December 1998. Two remix singles were released, "DENIS '88 REMIX" and "CALL ME REMIX" but both failed to get much attention from the record buyers. Yet another soundtrack song released in the US as a single was the song "LIAR LIAR" taken from the film "MARRIED TO THE MOB", this was produced by Mike Chapman who had produced most of the Blondie hits.

 


1989 DEBBIE HARRY Part 4

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - MIKE CHAPMAN

After the release of the single "I WANT THAT MAN" Debbie did a week of small venue gigs at London's Borderline club where I was lucky enough to go to. She looked and sounded great and we got to hear tracks from the yet unreleased album "DEF DUMB & BLONDE" (Chrysalis CHR 1650). The album was released on 28th October 1989 and got to number 12 in the UK album charts and stayed in there for 7 weeks. After the small gigs Debbie returned to larger venues in the UK with the release of "BRITE SIDE" then once again for the release of "MAYBE FOR SURE". In 1990, Debbie teamed up with Iggy Pop to record a track for the "RED HOT AND BLUE" album, a collection of artists covering Cole Porter songs. Debbie and Iggy chose "Well, Did You Evah!". 1991 saw Deb's and the band at London Wembley Stadium in the middle of her tour to do a set of songs for the "SUMMERXS" INXS one off gig including lots of other bands. She was touring this time to help promote the new Compilation album of Blondie/Debbie Harry Singles "THE COMPLETE PICTURE" (Chrysalis CHR 1817), a video was also released featuring never before released on video songs like "NOW I KNOW YOU KNOW" and "CALL ME". At the time of all this Debbie and Chris were working on new tracks for the next solo album. Debbie was once again featured in another film, this time acting as a housewife turned cannibal in "TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE".

 


1993 DEBBIE HARRY Part 5

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - JAZZ PASSENGERS - ELVIS COSTELLO

"DEBRAVATION" (Chrysalis CHR 6033) was released in 1993 and was her 4th solo album. "I CAN SEE CLEARLY" was the first single to be lifted from the album going straight into the top 40 UK singles charts but the second single "STRIKE ME PINK" once again failed to chart even though it's a good song, I don't think Chrysalis gave it the promotion it should have been given. After Leaving both her record companies Debbie joined the JAZZ PASSENGERS, toured and recorded with them ("INDIVIDUALLY TWISTED" ESSCD 578) as well as recording and performing live with ELVIS COSTELLO. 1995 saw the release of Blondie remix albums and also bands covering Blondie songs, there seemed to be a revival and people were beginning to wonder what would have happened if Blondie were still together. Another compilation was released in 1998 but this time it was a Deborah Harry only album, no Blondie tracks. "DEBORAH HARRY COLLECTION" (Disky DC 888402). 1995 Debbie starred with Adam Ant in an independent film called Drop Dead Rock directed by Adam Dubin.

 


1998 BLONDIE Part 10

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - CLEM BURKE - JIMMY DESTRI

Rumours began to appear that Blondie were working on new tracks for a compilation. "EMI were putting out yet another Best Of package, so we went to them with the idea of us giving them two new songs and to try and upgrade our deal because we were working on a percentage decided in the late 1970's. Initially, the UK record company were very interested and we did a couple of tracks with Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo from Duran Duran but then EMI closed in the States and the deal fell through. So we took it to Capitol but they said they didn't like the material and weren't interested. One of the songs was a blatant attempt to link up with the "STUDIO 54" movie project and the other one was a ballad. Anyway, we all got to know each other a bit and it sort of grew from there over a two-year period", Debbie Harry. In February 1999 Blondie released their first new single since 1982. "MARIA" went straight to number one in the UK charts showing all those who doubted them that they still Know how to write hit singles. This was followed later on by the release of the new studio album "NO EXIT" which went straight into the top ten UK album charts. The follow up to "MARIA" was "NOTHING IS REAL BUT THE GIRL" out May 1999. The band toured all year and did TV and magazine interviews and appearances. 1999 Chrysalis released never before live Blondie tracks from 1978 and 1980 and in November the Beyond label released a new Live album of recent Blondie tracks. Most Of All - The Best Of Deborah Harry... was released on Chrysalis records, this was the first official Best of album for Deborah Harry.

 


2000 BLONDIE Part 11

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - CLEM BURKE - JIMMY DESTRI - LEIGH FOXX - PAUL CARBONARA

This year Debbie did quite a few films including - "Deuces Wild", "The Fluffer", "Red Lipstick" & "400 Days". November 2000 Debbie guested on Andy Summers jazz album "Peggy's Blue Skylight". From November 1st through December 23rd, 2000, Debbie starred in Sarah Kane's play "Crave". In December Blondie started work on their new album in New York.

 


2001 BLONDIE Part 12

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - CLEM BURKE - JIMMY DESTRI - LEIGH FOXX - PAUL CARBONARA

March 30th Debbie performed a concert with The Jazz Passengers in New York. In September Blondie's first 6 studio albums were re-released in the UK and USA. All six albums were remastered with bonus tracks, original artwork, rare never-before-published photos and liner notes by each producer.

 


2003 BLONDIE Part 13

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - CLEM BURKE - JIMMY DESTRI - LEIGH FOXX - PAUL CARBONARA

The Curse Of Blondie gets released in Australia September 22nd 2003 before anywhere else in the world and then is released in the UK October 13th 2003. The first single Good Boys was out 22nd September 2003 and got to number 12 in the UK charts. There were lots of releases in 2004 including a singles box set, Live By Request on CD and DVD and a book of photographs by Mick Rock. Blondie toured through 2003 and 2004.

 

2007 DEBBIE HARRY Part 6

DEBBIE HARRY - CHRIS STEIN - SUPER BUDDHA

Necessary Evil, Deborah Harry's 5th solo album gets released Ireland: 15th September 2007, UK: 17th September 2007, USA: 9th October 2007, Germany: 26th October 2007. Debbie takes part in the True Colors tour throughout June 2007 together with Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Dresden Dolls. The following month Blondie start a European tour. Eat To The Beat gets released for the first time on DVD, June 26th USA, July 2nd UK.

 

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