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Blondie

New York rockers Blondie made significant waves throughout the second half of the 1970s as architects of the newly burgeoning punk and new wave movements. One of the band’s many haunts around town was the now legendary CBGB, though they soon traded the underground for the world at large when 1978’s Parallel Lines moved 20 million copies.

Much of Parallel Lines enormous success can be attributed to runaway singles such as “Heart of Glass,” “One Way or Another” and “Hanging on the Telephone,” though Blondie proved to be more than a one-album wonder. In fact, hits like “Call Me,” “Atomic” and “The Tide Is High” kept the group on top well into the ’80s, while “Rapture” even found them conquering one of the first ever forays into rap.

Though Blondie broke up in 1982 to intermittent solo recordings, Debbie Harry and company eventually came back with a bang in 1999 for the No Exit album and tour. In 2006, the band finally entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while continuing to perform and record at a fairly prolific pace.

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