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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic debut!
This is the first cd from the band Blondie and it is one of the best lps ever. I bought this lp in 1981 and used my school clothes money for it and Plastic Letters. I love every track on here but the hits stand out most. "X Offender" comes in 2 mixes:the original mix which sounds like 2 Debbie's singing at once and the more famous single remix known to all. The original...
Published on 30 Oct. 2002 by K. Eisenberger

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3.0 out of 5 stars A unique debut that promised even better things to come
With mod, 60s girl group, surf band and B grade science fiction horror references bundled up with a mid 70s lower Manhattan street sensibility, Blondie's infectious comic book-like career-starter is a fascinating debut.

The choice of Richard Gotterher as producer, a prolific composer in the 60s responsible for songs like `My Boyfriend's Back' and `I Want...
Published on 16 July 2011 by B. S. Marlay


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic debut!, 30 Oct. 2002
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K. Eisenberger "dance music freak!" (Defiance, Ohio United States) - See all my reviews
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This is the first cd from the band Blondie and it is one of the best lps ever. I bought this lp in 1981 and used my school clothes money for it and Plastic Letters. I love every track on here but the hits stand out most. "X Offender" comes in 2 mixes:the original mix which sounds like 2 Debbie's singing at once and the more famous single remix known to all. The original double Debbie mix was put out on the Private Stock label in 1976 and changed when Chrysalis bought out their contract in '77. "In The Flesh" and "Rip Her To Shreds" are the two big hits here. But classic tracks like "Man Overboard","Rifle Range","Little Girl Lies","A Shark In Jets Clothing","Kung Fu Girls" and "The Attack Of The Giant Ants " to name a few already show the group as genre crossing as they would become more later in the 70's. The bonus tracks include the original mix of "In The Sun" and demos "Platinum Blonde","Out In The Streets" and "Thin Line". A Classic debut from the best band ever!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hipshaking sixties music from the sleazy seventies, 21 Dec. 2006
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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Before they became the property of big business, Blondie earned a reputation as one of the pioneers of the new wave. Deborah Harry had apparently once clicked finger cymbals with an obscure hippy band, but Blondie started as a fun, no-nonsense pop band with a dirty undercurrent. These three-minute, uptempo, beaty songs recall girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and garage bands, with their multi-tracked female vocals and James Destri's dated organ flourishes. Yet the titles of the best-known songs here, 'X Offender', 'In The Flesh' and 'Rip Her To Shreds', betray the darker themes of a later era.

Clem Burke's drumming shouldn't be underestimated either. His retro-oriented style gives the music a freshness that's rare for 1976. Other highlights include 'A Shark In Jets Clothing' and 'Rifle Range'. The former starts out like The Stranglers at their most mischievous, the latter is a fast number that featured as a bonus on the 12" of 'Heart Of Glass'. This album is one you play over again straight away after hearing it and is well worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A unique debut that promised even better things to come, 16 July 2011
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B. S. Marlay (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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With mod, 60s girl group, surf band and B grade science fiction horror references bundled up with a mid 70s lower Manhattan street sensibility, Blondie's infectious comic book-like career-starter is a fascinating debut.

The choice of Richard Gotterher as producer, a prolific composer in the 60s responsible for songs like `My Boyfriend's Back' and `I Want Candy', was an inspired one and a perfect fit for this initially unusual band. (As a fake Australian band called The Strangeloves, Americans Gotterher, Bob Feldman and Gerry Goldstein, had a massive US hit with `I Want Candy' in 1965 - they claimed to be Australian brothers Giles, Miles and Niles Strange, who had become rich from cross-breeding the long-haired Gottehrer sheep on their Aussie farm and decided to use their money to form a band!)

Gottehrer brought his sensibilities to Chris Stein's love of 60s girl groups, producing a cool and quirky set that informed Blondie's first four albums as well as their 1999 comeback, `No Exit'. Most representative of their approach are the opening track, `X Offender', with its spoken word intro over drums, `Little Girl Lies', `In the Sun' and `Shark in Jets Clothing'.

Not only does `Blondie' introduce the now legendary image, vocal chords, phrasing and unique lyrical sensibilities of Deborah Harry, it unveiled the equally talented Stein and keyboardist/composer Jimmy Destri. Along with Drummer Clem Burke, they would become the core of the band.

Apart from `X Offender' (Harry and bassist Gary Valentine), tracks that most represent their then burgeoning ability to mix their odd influences with an incredible pop sensibility are `Look Good in Blue' (Destri), `Rip Her to Shreds', `Rifle Range' (both Stein) and the deliriously slow and wistful `In the Flesh' (Harry/Stein). These five are the album's soaring high points and, apart from a couple of duds that take the concept too far (`Kung Fu Girls', `Attack of the Giant Ants'), the rest are enjoyably adequate filler.

Slightly over-lauded as people look back on their now legendary oeuvre, `Blondie' is nevertheless a great and individual debut and a far better purchase than a Greatest Hits set. The 2001 remaster has an additional five tracks that are either available on other rarities compilations or are live tracks, so don't add much to the original release. Though, the remaster is superb. (3.5 stars)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie - the Orginal Pioneers, 8 Sept. 2000
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Blondie are the best pop band to come from new york, even america... they have defined era's and characterized generations.... Debbie Harry's surreal beauty, wit and intelligence blend with the cool image and the cutting edge guys in the band to form one of the world greatest musical experiences. This debut album is a collection of tracks which they tore into with complete abandonment, homing their talents in punk haunts such as CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. The album keeps the intense, high spirited, soaring atmosphere alive form start to finish... its not easy litening - its so highly energetic - yet so inspirational brilliant. No one makes music like that anymore... just listen to the shouting opening of kung fu girls and you'll see what i mean. However, the peroxide anarchists are back with their reunion album no exit... that shows the great diversity and talent they had here... Blondie remain the greatest pop punksters laive...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as punk as they make out, 4 Jun. 2007
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Sonny (Leicester, England) - See all my reviews
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I heard from a friend that apparantly Blondie was a punk band when they first started out. So this being the debut album, I thought this would be the most heavy album by them, but I was dissapointed though to tell you the truth it's pretty good none the less.

This album sounds like a hybrid of old style punk (think Ramones) and new wave music, though it's hard to judge which genre it favours but it still makes for a good album.

However if you're expecting distorted raw powerchord based punk then don't buy this, fans of new wave music would most appreciate this.

Highlights are "X Offender", "In The Sun", "Man Overboard", "Rip Her To Shreds" and "Attack Of The Giant Ants". With "In The Sun" being probably the best track in my opinion.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mocking girl group sound of Blondie's debut album, 30 Aug. 2003
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Lawrance Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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Blondie was the most commercially successful band to emerge from the punk/new wave movement of the late 1970s. The lineup changed a lot over the years but at the core of the group from the day it was formed in August 1974 was singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, who had both been in the Stilettos. This debut album was released in late 1976 by Private Stock Records and clearly defines the group's style as taking the girl group sound of the Sixties and fusing it with the punk sensibilities of the Seventies to become new wave icons. Blondie was never punk the way the Ramones or the Talking Heads were punk, but they still had serious attitude.
This is amply proven by this album's first track and the group's first single, "X Offender." The song was originally entitled "Sex Offender," before the record company changed it, and the lyrics tell of a criminal falling for the cop who busts her. At the same time that the song fits the formula of the teenager in love angst songs of the 1950s and 1960s it also clearly mocks such songs as well. "In the Flesh," one of the few songs where Harry tries to sound really sexy, sounds like it should have come out of the Brill Building a decade earlier except Harry's vocal performance here, with its echoes of Marilyn Monroe, keys you in that there is some serious deconstruction at work here. Just listen to the final line of "Look Good in Blue" and clearly there is a tongue in cheek attitude to the double-entendres.
Rating this one is fairly easy because while Blondie would get better there is some historical significance to this debut effort and this remastered CD offers up five bonus tracks consisting of three demos, including the archetypal "Platinum Blonde," a cover of the Shangri-Las' "Out in the Streets," as well as the original single versions of "X Offender" and "In the Sun." "Blondie" is not a great Blondie album, but it does establish the group's definitive high gloss trashy sound. The result was a group whose greatest hits collection is one of the most popular every produced (i.e., everybody I know has it and listens to it on a regular basis). That strongly suggests the rest of their oeuvre is worth examining as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh today, 25 Sept. 2013
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Surprised by just how good and fresh this debut album sounds even today.Previously I only had a blondie greatest hits compilation which I found very hit and miss. I was a teenager at the time but there were so many great `new wave` bands at the time that one had limited funds and money to follow all of them.Blondie were commercially the most successful of the American ones and give or take Talking Heads deservedlyBlondie`s debut and 3 rd albums are 5 star albums - pity about the 2nd & 4th which I`ve now listened to and clearly were full of weaker material left off the debut and 3rd albums
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An sadly overlooked but brilliant debut!, 20 Aug. 2003
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Although Blondie's self-titled debut LP is probably my least-played album of theirs, I love it as much as any of the others and I am glad I own a copy.
On it's first release in 1977 people called it 'the epitomy of new wave punk -rock' but to be honest this is the most poppy of all Blondie's albums. There are plenty of 60s influenced tunes, but with that unique Blondie style. The album includes three singles: soft ballad 'In The Flesh', dark pop song 'X Offender', and the truly vicious slice of punkiness, 'Rip Her To Shreds'.
The 2001 reissue contains a generous 5 bonus tracks: 3 of the original demos for 'Instant Records', and the two original 'Private Stock' singles- alternative versions of both 'X Offender' and standout album track 'In The Sun'.
In it's ingenuity, 'Blondie' lacks the super-tight arrangements of 1978's 'Parallel Lines', but this doesn't spoil the quality of the songs and the lyrics are a sharp and ironic as any of the band's later work. Overall, this is a real 'fun' album, extremely entertaining from start to finish and sadly often overlooked or forgotten in favour of the later albums, when Blondie were a household name. Every real fan should own this album, but to the unconverted and the newbies: if you want classic Blondie, go for 'Parallel Lines' or possibly 'Eat To The Beat'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easily over looked Blondie album, 21 Aug. 2012
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A. Austin (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Like Debbie Harry, this album has aged a bit. It lacks the polished edge of later albums, and that's why I bought it again. I had it in the 80's bought cheap at the time, but long lost somewhere. So rebought and rediscovered, a real gem. Quirky, new wavey, rock and rolly, with brilliant percussion from the master Clem Burke on drums. More like Paralel Lines than Eat to the Beat. like most stuff I'd recomend looking it up on Spotify or WE7 first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A sign of things to come..., 19 Mar. 2011
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This album is certainly not as strong as the other albums Blondie put out, but it is the blue print of what is to follow.

The tracks for the most part, are quite average in comparison to later tracks, and not a patch on what features on Plastic Letters (possibly due to the band having more cash!)

But a pretty good debut, none the less.
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