They arose from the same mid-'70s New York scene that spawned the Ramones, Talking Heads and Television, but by 1979 Blondie had far surpassed all of their peers, becoming the most commercially successful band of the new wave movement. On September 11, Capitol Records will reissue the band's first six albums: Blondie (1976), Plastic Letters (1977), Parallel Lines (1978), Eat to the Beat (1979), Autoamerican (1980) and The Hunter (1982). Each remastered disc will feature previously unreleased material.
Blondie includes two songs from the band's first demo, "Out in the Streets" and "Platinum Blonde," as well as outtakes of "X Offender" and "In the Sun" and the B-side "The Thin Line."
A 1975 version of the band's first #1 single, "Heart of Glass," called "Once I Had a Love (a.k.a. The Disco Song)," is featured on the Plastic Letters reissue. The album also includes the B-sides "Scenery" and "Poet's Problem" as well as a live version of "Detroit 442."
Parallel Lines, which housed the original hit "Heart of Glass" along with "One Way or Another," offers a 1978 version of "Once I Had a Love (a.k.a. The Disco Song)," as well as live versions of "I Know But I Don't Know," "Hanging on the Telephone" and the T. Rex song "Bang a Gong (Get It On)."
Seemingly unlikely live covers of the Four Tops' "Seven Rooms of Gloom" and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" are highlights of the Eat to the Beat re-release, which also contains a version of David Bowie's "Heroes" and Blondie's own "Die Young Stay Pretty." That record yielded the #17 single "Eat to the Beat" and the #27 hit "Dreaming."
The original Autoamerican contained the #1 hits "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture." The reissue also features the long version of the chart-topping track "Call Me," originally from the "American Gigolo" soundtrack, as well as the B-side "Suzy & Jeffrey" and "Rapture (Special Disco Mix)." By the time Blondie released Autoamerican, they were on the verge of breaking up, and issued the lackluster disc The Hunter only because they owed their label a record. The reissue of the disc features "War Child (Extended Mix)."
Blondie are working with producer Craig Leon on an album scheduled for release this fall.