Blondie with Carmel Holt
There are few bands that are as synonymous with the New York City punk and the New Wave scene, and even fewer that were equally at home in the disco as FUV Essentials, Blondie.
Formed in 1975 by Chris Stein and Debbie Harry, the band’s influence in music and in fashion has been consistent. Even after a break from the mid-'80s to the late '90s, Blondie's songs continued to be radio and dance floor mainstays and inspired countless bands.
Since reforming in 1999, Blondie has released five new albums, including their latest studio effort, Pollinator. Their 11th album features contributions from a wide range of guests that include Johnny Marr, Dave Sitek from TV On the Radio, Nick Valensi of the Strokes, and Sia.
I recently sat down with Stein and Harry, just before their live performance at World Cafe at WXPN in Philadelphia, to talk to them about the new album, and a bit about the New York City they remember.