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Blondie in Liverpool in the Late 1970s.

Blondie in Liverpool in the Late 1970s.

Above Photo: Blondie in Liverpool’s Lime Street Station. (Chris Stein)

I recently came across the above photo, showing Blondie in Liverpool’s Lime Street train station, presumably on their 1978 UK tour.

I didn’t see Blondie play live back then. They’d seemed to quickly move away from their earlier music I was comforable with – namely edgy Punk and New Wave, and into more commercial, but still listenable stuff, although by then they’d had a massive impact on my musical development.

Blondie in 1970s New York.

Blondie in 1970s New York.

In my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!,  in late November 1977,  I say about the band:

I saw Blondie (and Debbie Harry in thigh-high boots) performing “Rip her to Shreds” on TV in November, and I’ve never forgotten that performance, although I’m not sure if that was a musical or sexual response – probably both.”

Debbie Harry onstage late 1970s.

Debbie Harry onstage late 1970s.

But by early 1980, I’d completely turned away from their ‘poppy’ transformation:

Not long after, Blondie got to Number One with “Atomic”, which was the first of three for them that year, the other two being “Call Me” and “The Tide is High” (by which time I fucking hated them).

Debbie Harry in London.

Debbie Harry in London, late 1970s.

Still, what’s not in dispute is their importance to both the New York CBGB’s Punk and New Wave scene and reinforcing the early British Punk scene as they galvanised audiences everywhere with their early stage performances on their 1978 UK tour.

And that’s how I’ll always choose to remember them….

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Blondie outside CBGB's in New York in 1976-1977.

Blondie outside CBGB’s in New York in 1976-1977.  (© Bruce Sheftel)

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