Blondie started as an ironic update of trashy 1960s pop. But by the end of the 1970s, they were the most commercially successful survivors of the New York punk scene, having released three platinum albums. In bleached-blond lead singer Deborah Harry, new wave's answer to Marilyn Monroe, the group had an international icon. The group's repertoire, written by Harry and boyfriend Chris Stein, inhabited the melodic side of punk and grew increasingly eclectic while Harry's deadpan delivery remained consistent.

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