Before Madonna, there was Deborah Harry, and Blondie. It seemed like the blond bombshell was in the hearts and on the walls of every teenager kid during the 80s.
For the band’s third album, Blondie turned to legendary pop producer Mike Chapman. The writing was on the wall for the New Wave movement that had ruled the charts, and with Chapman’s help, Harry’s voice and looks, and some fantastic songwriting, the band reemerged as pure pop perfection.
Parallel Lines was a turning point for Blondie. The album was stuffed with hit after hit including “Picture This”, “Heart of Glass”, “One Way or Another”, and “Hanging on the Telephone”. A testament to the worldwide appeal of the band, and of course Debbie Harry, was that the album gave Blondie a number one on both sides of the Atlantic with “Heart of Glass” plus three more massive U.K. hits. The depth and consistency of the album was proven by the album’s other tracks such as “Radiate and Fade Away”. These songs easily carried as much weight as the songs that were released as singles.
As a snapshot of the late 70s and 80s, Parallel Lines was state-of-the-art pop/rock. It was a beautifully produced album, and with Debbie Harry’s tough-girl sex appeal the band would be become a template for pop success.