Blondie at CBGBs 1975

On November 5, 2011 by Will Hermes

A very early performance. Chris Stein is still rocking hippie-style long-hair. Debbie Harry doesn’t seem to have arrived at her trademark bleach job yet. But she looks quite fetching nevertheless.

The song is an original, though it sounds like a bit like a Shangri-Las b-side, with some hard rock and reggae riffs thrown in for flavor. The band never recorded it. But it’s an early glimpse of how they could take an established style and make it their own. (See also “Heart of Glass,” “Rapture,” and their cover of “The Tide Is High”).

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