Blondie spreads "Panic" to fans

Mon Sep 5, 2011 1:03pm EDT
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By Sabrina Ford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In more than 30 years since smash hit song "Heart of Glass" took Blondie from new wave upstarts to mainstream stars, frontwoman Deborah Harry has transformed herself many times, younger members have joined the band and albums have gone from vinyl to digital.

Still, the band's newest new wave is unmistakably Blondie.

On September 13, Blondie will celebrate the U.S. release of its ninth studio album, "Panic of Girls." In keeping with record industry trends, the album is being released independently on the group's own imprint and will be sold on CD and digital download exclusively on

Harry, 66, whom Lady Gaga recently called "the most legendary woman in rock," said Blondie is just as much a part of the future as it is the past.

"We've got a loyal fan base that we want to keep. Instrumentally, we have our own tradition and our own style that predominates. But we're happy to have a sense of evolution. We've always been adventurous and tried to look for what moves us. It's a forward motion."

Blondie is among the most iconic bands to emerge from New York City's 1970's punk and new wave scene cultivated in downtown clubs like the legendary CBGB.

While the group achieved some early success in the U.K. and Australia, it was their third album, 1978's "Parallel Lines," with singles, "Heart of Glass" and "One Way or Another," that helped Blondie achieve chart success in the United States.

The group's 1981 song "Rapture," featuring Harry rapping, became a No.1 hit in the U.S. The song and accompanying video is credited with introducing a wider audience to hip-hop, which was just emerging from New York's streets at the time.   Continued...