Blondie’s Ninth Studio LP, “Panic of Girls”, Hits the Net on September 13

Posted by at 7:21 pm on September 5, 2011

On September 13, Blondie will celebrate the U.S. release of its ninth studio album, “Panic of Girls.” In keeping with record industry trends, the album is being released independently on the group’s own imprint and will be sold on CD for $8.99and digital download exclusively on Amazon.com.

Harry, 66, whom Lady Gaga recently called “the most legendary woman in rock,” said Blondie is just as much a part of the future as it is the past.

“We’ve got a loyal fan base that we want to keep. Instrumentally, we have our own tradition and our own style that predominates. But we’re happy to have a sense of evolution. We’ve always been adventurous and tried to look for what moves us. It’s a forward motion.”

Blondie is among the most iconic bands to emerge from New York City’s 1970’s punk and new wave scene cultivated in downtown clubs like the legendary CBGB.

“Panic” is the group’s third album since original members Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke (with newer supporting band members) reunited in 1997, ending a 15-year hiatus during which Harry recorded five solo albums. It is also the group’s first record since 2003’s “The Curse of Blondie.”

The album features 11 songs in genres ranging from reggae to Latin. Harry sings in French on “Le Bleu” and in Spanish, “Wipe Off My Sweat.” Reggae-tinged “The End The End” is a love song about enduring relationships with lyrics that could speak to the creative bonds between Blondie’s original members.

“Our influences come from all over the place — the radio, New York City,” Harry told Reuters. “There are many different types of music, and we like to give our take on all of it, reggae, Latin, pop. It’s always just been part of our scheme.”

Blondie had been looking to put out an independent album for a number of years due to the seismic shifts in the industry as fans went online to download songs. Selling “Panic” through Amazon.com is reflective of industry change, Harry said.

“We’ve always embraced technology and tried to incorporate it in what we do. Everyone has come to rely more heavily on the Internet and companies that put music out on Internet have become really relevant.”

This past weekend, Blondie kicked off a North American tour in Michigan. The group will make stops in Boston, Chicago and New York before wrapping up in California on October 8.

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