Blondie brought a touch of New Wave music in 1979

April 28, 2018

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

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