|Rock & Roll Hall of Famer|
Inducted in: 2006
Inducted by: Shirley Manson
Nominated in: 2006
First Eligible: 2002 Ceremony
Inducted Members: Debbie Harry, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Frank Infante, Chris Stein and Gary Valentine
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2007 (ranked #106) .
Blondie @ Wikipedia
Comments29 comments so far (post your own)
I looked over the list and this is one act I just can't wrap my head around. They had a few singles, a charismatic frontwoman in Deborah Harry, but anyone who has looked into this band knows they were a mediocre punk band in the NYC scene whose cross-over success was largely engineered by the efforts of their producer who completely re-worked several of their songs (Heart of Glass, etc.) into their more radio-friendly versions. Most punk purists consider their new-wave / pop sound as a sell out of their punk roots. Is it just that they had Rapture with supposedly the first use of rap in a cross-over hit? (BTW, it's an awful little rap...) Someone please, enlighten us!
Posted by drbeat on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 14:58pm
You can hear Blondie's influence in a billion underground acts, that's why there in. Hell, last year gave us well received releases from Love Is All, The Long Blondes and The Sounds....
Posted by Casper on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 16:33pm
I agree with drbeat for the most part on this one. I do not see why Blondie should be there over other New Wave acts like The Cars.
Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 07:23am
If Blondie got in,then here comes Justin Timeberlake.ughh
Posted by Billy on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 22:35pm
Yeah, because punk and N'Sync are so similar right?
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 22:39pm
So what is the story with Blondie - I've never fully understood where they fall? I've heard that they were innovative, part of the punk and/or new wave scene, but all i know is their disco tinged hits "Call Me" and "Heart of Glass" and the very odd "Rapture".
Posted by shawn mc on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 00:34am
I've never personally been that impressed by Blondie. I think their influence is often overstated. They were a good New Wave act, nothing more. "Rapture" is just bad. I find The Cars and Devo to be better bands, and more creative. No way in hell Devo ever gets in, although their debut record was as innovative as anything out at the time. I have hope for The Cars, though. Maybe in a thin year.
Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 09:02am
I think Blondie might have gotten in just because the legend of the CBGB scene.
Posted by Kit on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 09:27am
Yeah, but Dezmond, The Cars and Devo can get the f*ck* under New Order, XTC, Joy Division and Depeche Mode.
Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 02.13.08 @ 17:03pm
yo f..k you all!!!! i think blondie deserve to be inducted in to the hall of fame,with their vibrant style of music,the influence debbie harry had on many female artists that came after her(madonna..).all of their hit songs like "heart of glass" "call me" "one way or another" "rapture"
Posted by mr Rock on Wednesday, 05.21.08 @ 23:40pm
Mr. Rock - if I am not mistaken; Blondie is already in the Hall; so why are you bitchin'.
Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 05.22.08 @ 05:12am
They are in the hall,but obviously he's bitching because many here say they should not be.
Posted by RR HOF judge on Sunday, 06.27.10 @ 02:56am
Alright drbeat, I'll enlighten you. Blondie already had hits before they even worked with Chapman (In the Flesh, Denis, Always Touched By Your Presence) and already did two excellent albums before they even worked with him. Nor is the claim tha Chapman "reworked" Blondie's songs remotely accurate. All successful bands need good production, such as Eno working with the Talking Heads (should he get all the credit too?), but despite your lame efforts to steal credit from the band, Chapman had nothing to do with the composition of Blondie's music. Exactly how did he "rework" basic songs like One Way or Another, Dreaming, Sunday Girl, Hanging on the Telephone, The Tide Is High, etc.? I'm assuming you are trying to refer to HOG, but they wrote that in 1974 and had already demoed it twice and the addition of the electronic elements was really Destri's contribution after Harry and Stein decided to do it as a disco song. But by all means stick to the theme of crediting everyone but the band. And "selling out"? So much for DIY.
Posted by ian on Thursday, 09.9.10 @ 03:13am
Oh, and I guess Call Me was all Moroder too. And who produced Maria? As to the people that are not personally "impressed", excuse me if I'm not impressed by your not being impressed. Such a collection of brilliant music critics. LOL.
Posted by ian on Thursday, 09.9.10 @ 03:25am
Sorry for the multiple posts but I'm having too much fun. Speaking of production, someone mentioned the Cars. Well their albums were produced by the mega-successful Roy Thomas Baker (he also produced Queen among others). And someone mentioned Devo-their first album was produced by Eno. Yet no one ever claims that the Cars success is due to Baker or Devo's due to Eno. Newsflash-good albums need good production. But apparently only Blondie is deserving of snide inferences. Haters will hate. I'm done.
Posted by ian on Thursday, 09.9.10 @ 04:00am
Actually one more (promise). As a preliminary, I also don't like the idea of a RRHF or all these inane lists of "greatest" artists. How do you possibly judge? But like it or not, people take it seriously. So let's compare Blondie to a near contemporary someone claimed is allegedly more deserving of the RRHF, The Cars. Now I like the Cars, but still someone mentioned it:
Posted by ian on Thursday, 09.9.10 @ 21:32pm
IMO, Blondie was better than The Cars. Not alot better, but better.
Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 06:06am
I love Blondie; I spent many nights at CBGB watching them when they were totally obscure. But this does seem like a rather questionable Hall of Fame pick: they had some hits and their music is still enjoyable, but they aren't really all that great. They do come in handy as the minimum standard for a Hall of Famer: if you aren't at least as good and/or popular as Blondie, you don't deserve to be considered for induction. Debbie Harry was in any case the inspiration for several generations of female rock divas, from Madonna to Lady GaGa.
Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Monday, 09.20.10 @ 18:40pm
Timothy-Then who was great in your esteemed opinion? Sounds very subjective. Blondie has a lot of credentials even if some people refuse to give them any credit. Those same people tend to be the pseudo-intellectual types who are just clever enough to appreciate music as art but not quite profound enough to differentiate between art and artiness. But who cares: the people that matter didn't share you conception of greatness, whatever that may be.
Posted by ian on Monday, 10.4.10 @ 14:15pm
I said: "Debbie Harry was in any case the inspiration for several generations of female rock divas, from Madonna to Lady GaGa." That is probably enough reason right there to put her in the Hall, and she did do her best work as a member of Blondie. She may not be the greatest singer or the greatest songwriter ever, but she was certainly massively influential. I wasn't saying Blondie was a bad band; but they aren't quite in the league of the Rolling Stones or the Ramones.
Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Thursday, 10.7.10 @ 09:38am
Back again. Hopefully this is my valediction. I became a Blondie fan a year ago totally through chance because I happened to click on a video of a performance from 1979. And look how much I defend them. Blondie is a band everyone (including me before I paid attention) thinks they know all about yet no one seems to know that much. Fact is they are complicated, contradictory even. Crazy as it sounds they are probably the most intellectually complex band of their time because of the contradictions. They make you think. And you have to cut through layers of preconceptions. It may have been inevitable, a band out of the gritty NYC underground rock scene with the super-glamorous Debbie Harry as the lead singer. Hard to wrap the mind around the two images. And rock critics were geniunely befuddled. Blondie, as one of the better rock critics put it, was always accused of not being...something. Here is a band that did something remarkable, reaching the musical apex from the NYC punk scene, writing wonderful songs. And what did they get for their hard work? Just distain from intellectually limited rock critics who poured praise on bands like the Ramones and Television and Patti Smith and the Talking Heads and the Clash and Elvis Costello and the Pretenders while Blondie was again the last in their class to win accolades. Critics who lacked the energy or brains to figure out that "punk" was just a media created label imposed on a diverse musical scene decided that Blondie having the talent to compose a song like HOG that could actually break through a very resistant US radio environment was "selling out". What exactly this term is supposed to mean given the intense commercial aspirations of every one of the bands I have mentioned (just check out who produced the Ramones second album), the eclecticism of the scene as well as the inherent ecleticism of Blondie (they played "I Feel Love" at the Blitz Benefit for crying out loud and had written an early version of HOG, aka the Disco Song, in 1974), I'll never know. I'm happy they have received some long overdue recognition. Too bad people who actually don't have a clue will continue to throw stones at them, endlessly claiming that they are not...something til the end of days. But it brings to mind an observation: the things that a really worth something are often the things we too quickly overlook. Peace.
Posted by ian on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 20:19pm
Blondie did have four number one hits in the US, but those were the band's only top 10 hits here. The Cars didn't have number 1's (though they did have a few in radio airplay charts), but hey also had four top 10 hits. To take it a bit further, The Cars had 13 top 40 songs and Blondie had 8. One step further, The Cars hit the Hot 100 18 times while Blondie charted 11.
Posted by Mike on Thursday, 06.23.11 @ 21:40pm
I was thinking back to this past Grammy awards show. You had Arcade Fire, Muse and Lady Gaga all with very strong links to Blondie. Not a bad list. This is an induction that keeps getting stronger as time goes on. Music shifts. For a long time the dominate journalistic view was the music of the early 80s was wanting in comparison to the "punk", whatever that is. I think the Simon Reynold's view is better. Today the early 80s music that Blondie played such a strong role in helping to form is dominate and dance-rock is definitely in fashion. Come to think of it, the entire orthodox view of the punk era needs a second look. The conventional view was formed in the 90s in the wake of grunge. But music isn't static and our view of it shouldn't be either. It is weird how a cool musical experiment like Heart of Glass sometimes gets flake. Too much of how "punk" is understood seems backward. It was the experiments, the crossing over, the variation of styles that was so vital in the punk era, not three cords and a cloud of dust.
Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 08.10.11 @ 15:03pm
astrodog, also have to consider that she & Chris Stein basically retired the band while she nursed him thru that disease he had. Had he been healthy, I think they would have rocked on.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 08.10.11 @ 15:28pm
Although I would contend that Blondie is Hall-worthy, I lost a lot of respect for Deborah Harry during their induction ceremony. For those that didn't hear about it, former members of Blondie--also inducted--asked to perform during the induction ceremony; Harry refused, saying she had her band onstage already. (The videotape is easily viewable on YouTube.) She was acting as if she alone--and not Blondie--was being inducted. I felt the same way about John Fogerty's behavior during CCR's induction.
Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 08.17.11 @ 13:42pm
Harry and Stein reasoned that Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante had writing credits on songs that they could easily do a reunion tour without and replaced them with people that could be hired cheaply.They had to stomach inviting Burke because he had co writing credits on a few critical songs such as "heart of glass" Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante sued over being snubbed demanding that they participate.Their has been bad blood since.
Posted by RR HOF Judge on Friday, 06.15.12 @ 03:23am
Stein afterwards tried to defend it all by pointing out the replacement members have worked with them longer at this point,as if the past 15 years is what got them in.The hall of fame handled the Blondie induction as badly as Stein and Harry handled that award. They should have told them that only the old lineup is inducted and must play or no induction. Talking Heads put aside the past for ten minutes, so could Blonde.
Posted by RR HOF Judge on Friday, 06.15.12 @ 13:50pm
This band elicits opinions. The history is pretty simple. Harry and Stein founded the band in 1974 out of an earlier band called the Stillettos. Eventually Clem Burke, Gary Valentine and Jimmy Destri joined in 1975 as the other members (Ivan Kral, Billy O'Connor and Fred Smith) left for seemingly greener pastures. They recorded thir first demo in 1975 and had their first singles and album out in 1976. They were signed based on the Harry/Valentine song X-Offender. In late 1977 they had their first hit (in Australia) with the Harry/Stein song In the Flesh. In July, 1977 Valentine left (he later formed the band The Know) and Infante was brought in to replace him, initially slotted to be the bass player. However he wasn't adept at it and Nigel Harrison (formerly of Silverhead) was brought in to take over the bass duties in November, 1977. Infante was kept on as second guitarist. Anyway the second album launched them to stardom in the UK and Europe and the third album achieved their US breakthrough. The main original hits from then on included Heart of Glass (Harry/Stein), Picture This (Harry/Stein/Destri), One Way Or Another (Harry/Harrison), Atomic (Harry/Destri), Dreaming (Harry/Stein), Call Me (Harry/Moroder), and Rapture (Harry/Stein).
Posted by astrodog on Friday, 06.15.12 @ 21:30pm
I think Blondie dares to explore more music genres than Ramones. They stucked in, and we love them, but Blondie were punk rock, rock & roll, even pop and somewhat included rap!
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 21:41pm
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