Los Angeles: Chrysalis Records, 1978. Quarto, photo-illustrated glossy paper folder, two stapled mimeograph press releases on publicity department letterhead, four glossy black-and-white 8" x 10" photos, printed bi-folium band bio.
"The focal point, of course, is Debbie Harry. (They’ll get testy, by the way, if you refer to Debbie rather than the entire band as Blondie.) She's the screen through which the Blondie sensibility passes to the listener. With a voice that mingles fire and ice, with an exquisite talent for lyrical interpretation, with a sassiness and sensuality that challenge as they entice, Debbie has emerged as one of modern music's most significant artists and personalities." Ultra-rare promo press kit for the release of Blondie's second studio album, Plastic Letters. Released in early 1978 by UK label Chrysalis Records, the album's first single "Denis," a cover of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 doo-wop hit "Denise," made Blondie one of the first American new wave bands to achieve mainstream success in the UK, where it reached #2. The six studio albums Blondie recorded between 1976 and their break-up in 1983 – composed of strands of punk, disco, new wave, reggae and rap – form an underground soundtrack to the era. In his essay "Debbie Harry at the Supermarket," prolific cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum notes that track "I Didn’t Have the Nerve to Say No," from Plastic Letters, is his favorite of the album, as the audio engineers "didn’t cloak [Harry's] timbral resources with reverb and other ungodly devices." Expressing the way Harry "injects irony and jadedness into a romantic declaration that might otherwise come off as corny," Koestenbaum's sentiments echo music critic Richard Cromelin's descriptions of Harry's vocal sincerity in his profile of the band here. Includes a compilation of items: four glossy black-and-white studio portraits of Harry, a five-page band history from 1976-78, a five-page band profile by Cromelin, and one-page individual bios for each of the four principle band members – Harry, drummer Clement Burke, keyboardist and vocalist James Destri, and lead guitarist and original co-founder of Blondie Chris Stein – all housed in a glossy folder bearing the album's front and back cover photos. Some creasing and edgewear to folder, contents fine. Item #2227