Editors’ Notes In the beginning, Blondie were as much a retro-pop group celebrating the joys of ‘50s and ’60s pop-rock as they were a formidable new wave group emerging from the same New York City CBGB scene as The Ramones, Television, and Talking Heads. Their self-titled debut album was originally released by the independent Instant Records label in 1976 before being picked up by Chrysalis in 1977. Songs like “X Offender” (originally titled “Sex Offender,” which would’ve cost them key radio play), “In the Flesh,” and “Rip Her to Shreds” demonstrate the band’s pop instincts; James Destri’s Farfisa organ plays as important a role in the band’s sound as Deborah Harry’s vocals and Chris Stein’s guitar. “Kung Fu Girls” and “The Attack of the Giant Ants” point toward the group’s B-movie, NYC-hipster underground cachet. Modern versions of the album come with the Instant Records versions of “X Offender” and “In the Sun” and the band demos of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich’s “Out in the Streets,” “The Thin Line,” and “Platinum Blonde.”

SONG
X Offender
1
3:14
 
Little Girl Lies
2
2:07
 
In the Flesh
3
2:33
 
Look Good In Blue
4
2:55
 
In the Sun
5
2:39
 
A Shark In Jets Clothing
6
3:39
 
Man Overboard
7
3:22
 
Rip Her to Shreds
8
3:22
 
Rifle Range
9
3:41
 
Kung Fu Girls
10
2:33
 
The Attack of the Giant Ants
11
3:34
 
Out In the Streets
12
2:20
 
The Thin Line
13
2:16
 
Platinum Blonde
14
2:12
 
X Offender
15
3:13
 
In the Sun
16
2:38
 

Music Videos

More by Blondie

Featured On

Albums You May Also Like