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Punk group Blondie marks 40th anniversary with new album

Published on May 14, 2014 3:31 AM
 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Four decades after their debut, the 1970s pioneering New York City new wave and punk group Blondie released their 10th studio album, "Ghosts of Download,"on Tuesday to mark the anniversary.

"Ghosts of Download," which features 13 new tracks, is part of a two-disc package "Blondie 4(0) Ever" that also includes an album entitled "Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits."

"I can't believe it," said Debbie Harry, 68, the group's blonde singer and punk rock sex symbol, about the longevity of the band behind hits "Call Me" and the crossover disco chart-topper "Heart of Glass."

Harry founded the band with guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke in 1975 and went on to score a string of hits such as "The Tide Is High" and 1981's "Rapture," regarded as the first No. 1 hit to feature rap.

 Blondie's Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein speak during an interview in New York on May 12, 2014. Four decades after their debut, the 1970s pioneering New York City new wave and punk group Blondie released their 10th studio album, Ghosts of Download, on Tuesday to mark the anniversary. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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