Blondie brought a touch of New Wave music to the Hot 100
when Heart Of Glass reached #1 on April 28th of 1979
Heart Of Glass was written by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein
and featured on the band's third studio album Parallel Lines in 1978
Almost immediately after its release
Heart of Glass became the subject of controversy
because of its disco sound
Blondie was one of the bands
at the forefront of New York's growing new wave music scene
and were accused of selling out for releasing a disco song
According to Debbie Harry
Heart of Glass made the band pariahs in the eyes of many of their fellow musicians in the New York music scene
Blondie was accused of pandering to the mainstream that many punk/new wave bands at the time were actively rebelling against.
Harry also said
"People got nervous and angry about us bringing different influences into rock. Although we'd covered Lady Marmalade and I Feel Love at gigs
lots of people were mad at us for going disco with Heart of Glass...
Clem Burke, our drummer, refused to play the song live at first
When it became a hit he said 'I guess I'll have to'"
Chris Stein was equally unrepentant about the song's disco sound, saying, "As far as I was concerned, disco was part of R&B, which I'd always liked"
The Blondie band with front singer Debbie Harry
would score three more chart toppers over the next two years