Saturday, September 16, 1978

Blondie charted with Parallel Lines

First posted 2/19/2008; updated 11/24/2020.

Parallel Lines


Charted: September 16, 1978

Peak: 6 US, 14 UK, 2 CN, 2 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 1.69 UK, 20.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: new wave


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Hanging on the Telephone (11/11/78, 5 UK)
  2. One Way or Another (6/2/79, 24 US)
  3. Picture This (8/26/78, 12 UK)
  4. Fade Away and Radiate
  5. Pretty Baby
  6. I Know But I Don’t Know
  7. 11:59
  8. Will Anything Happen?
  9. Sunday Girl (5/19/79, 1 UK)
  10. Heart of Glass (1/27/79, 1 US, 1 UK, 44 AC, gold single)
  11. Gonna Love You Too
  12. Just Go Away

Total Running Time: 39:06

The Players:

  • Deborah Harry (vocals)
  • Chris Stein (guitar)
  • Clem Burke (drums)
  • Jimmy Destri (keyboards)
  • Nigel Harrison (bass)
  • Frank Infante (guitar)


4.466 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)

Quotable: “Downtown art-punk goes pop” – Blender Magazine


About the Album:

“Blondie were too smart and sexy to be genuine punks” BL and when they “turned to British pop producer Mike Chapman for their third album…they abandoned any pretensions to new wave legitimacy (just in time, given the decline of the new wave) and emerged as a pure pop band.” WR “With pop chops, disco grooves and enough cooing harmonies to pass for low-rent Ronettes, …Parallel Lines transcended new wave, winning over Middle America.” BL

“But it wasn’t just Chapman that made Parallel Lines Blondie’s best album; it was the band’s own songwriting, including Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, and James Destri’s Picture This, and Harry and Stein’s Heart of Glass, and Harry and new bass player Nigel Harrison’s One Way or Another, plus two contributions from nonbandmember Jack Lee, Will Anything Happen? and Hanging on the Telephone.” WR

“That was enough to give Blondie a number one on both sides of the Atlantic with ‘Heart of Glass’ and three more U.K. hits, but what impresses is the album's depth and consistency – album tracks like Fade Away and Radiate and Just Go Away are as impressive as the songs pulled for singles. The result is state-of-the-art pop/rock circa 1978, with Harry’s tough-girl glamour setting the pattern that would be exploited over the next decade by a host of successors led by Madonna.” WR

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