At the end of 1976, the band's eponymous debut was released on Private Stock Records only to be re-issued the following fall by Chrysalis Records along with Blondie's sophomore set, Plastic Letters. In the midst of all that, Frank Infante took over for Valentine, but switched to guitar when bassist Nigel Harrison signed on.
In the spring of 1978, Blondie started to gain some traction in the UK with a couple of Top 10 hits. Because of their burdeoning popularity on that side of the pond, Blondie enlisted the help of Brit producer Mike Chapman on 1978's Parallel Lines.
The move proved to be a stroke of genius. The album's first two singles did well enough in the UK, but when “Heart of Glass” hit the airwaves, it broke through to number one in both the UK and U.S. Two subsequent tracks -- “Sunday Girl” and “One Way or Another” -- both continued the momentum.
For their fourth fete, Blondie issued Eat to the Beat in 1979. More UK hits came with "Dreaming," "Union City Blue," and "Atomic." Two of the three also made it into the U.S. Top 40. Simultaneously with all of that action, Harry was working with Giorgio Moroder on the theme for American Gigolo. “Call Me” would turn out to be their next big thing in both territories.
Blondie followed up that huge success with 1980's Autoamerican. The album's lead single,"The Tide Is High," topped charts in both the U.S. and the UK with "Rapture" replicating that success domestically, but only going Top 10 in the UK.
After some artistic differences within the band led to various solo and side projects, The Best of Blondie was issued. The following spring, in May of 1982, the band returned with The Hunter led by "Island of Lost Souls"and "War Child," neither of which did better than Top 40.
That fall, Blondie called it quits with Harry splitting her time between a solo career and caring for Stein who had become seriously ill. Some 16 years later, the original quartet (Harry, Stein, Destri, and Burke) toured Europe and recorded No Exit, released in 1999.
An intermittent touring schedule followed with records interspersed, including 2003's The Curse of Blondie and 2004's Live by Request DVD. On their 30th anniversary in 2006, Blondie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and released Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision which included all of their classic videos.
In the fall of 2009, Blondie started work on another new album. Panic of Girls finally saw daylight in the summer of 2011.