is an American
pop/rock band founded by singer Deborah Harry
and guitarist Chris Stein
, the band was a pioneer in the early American new wave
and punk rock
scenes of the mid 1970s. Their first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines
in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles and was noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco
, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.