One of the best albums to come out in 1978, came from one of CBGB’s most popular bands. Plus, the album was their breakthrough.
It was September 1978 that Blondie released their third album Parallel Lines. Produced by Mike Chapman, the album would help put New Wave into the forefront throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, according to producer Chapman, Parallel Lines wasn’t described as a New Wave album, or even a punk album (two of the genres that Blondie hailed from), but a pop album that carried the elements of both, as well as lyrics that according to one critic, alluded “references of postmodernism”.
Upon its release, Parallel Lines initially did well mostly in Europe, thanks notably to two of the album’s first three releases “Picture This” and “Hanging on the Telephone” (both of which were accompanied by music videos, then a new innovation at the time). The album didn’t really take off stateside until early 1979, with the released of the disco-flavored “Heart of Glass”, which hit number one, and was also accompanied by the now-classic video. Another song “One Way of Another” not only became a top thirty hit, but one of the most popular in pop culture, appearing in numerous films and video games.
As for the album Parallel Lines, it topped the UK charts and cracked the US top ten, selling over twenty million copies worldwide, and is deemed as one of the greatest albums of the rock and roll era, and is forever credited with helping punk and New Wave break through a bigger U.S. audience.