Even though Blondie's new album, "No Exit," is the former New Wave outfit's first studio effort in 16 years, the record continues to hold strong at number 28 on the Billboard Album Charts -- nestled between the likes of Korn, Brandy and Limp Bizkit.
Most of Blondie's contemporary audiences don't associate the band with the punk rock leanings of its early CBGB days, but rather for its 1981 rap crossover hit, "Rapture," a song inspired by Fab Five Freddy.
Blondie has maintained its hip-hop connection on "No Exit," which features vocal spots from U-God and Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as Coolio and members of Mobb Deep.
During an interview with Blondie, singer Deborah Harry talked with MTV News about "Rapture," and her so-so rapping skills as a then-fledgling MC.
kind of, well, preposterous. And I don't really consider myself a rapper, but I guess it was a good way to introduce it [to some audiences], by having it in a musical context." [28.8 RealVideo]
Blondie is currently deciding on whether or not to mount a major U.S. tour in support of "No Exit," and just last week the group wrapped a string of in-store and promotional appearances with a concert at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.