Blondie – Helping kill off the record store?

Another step made towards the closure of the record shop? Perhaps…

Blondie have confirmed that they are to release new album ‘Panic Of the Girls’ (EMI) as a fan-pack which will be available in your local newsagent a full week before the more traditional CD is released on the 4th July 2011, in addition the fan pack will include two additional tracks not on the CD – however Asda have already begun selling the fan-pack.

The fan pack has been compiled by Blondie and Future Publishing who report on their website;

The Fan Pack magazine is 100% Blondie-approved and contains major, all-new interviews with Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke and all the other members of Blondie, as they talk us through the making of the album and look back over a history that has seen them sell 40 million albums and break new ground in the worlds of pop and fashion.

The magazine is packed with a wealth of exclusive, never-before-seen pictures of Blondie ”“ including rare treasures from Chris Stein’s own archive. A must for all Blondie fans!

The Fan Pack of Panic Of Girls comes with two bonus tracks ”“ Horizontal Twist and Mirame.

Blondie’s first album since 2003’s The Curse Of Blondie features new single ‘Mother’ plus hits-in-waiting like What I’ve Heard, Girlie Girlie and China Shoes.

The legendary Debbie Harry describes the long-awaited album as “spanning a lot of styles and sentiments…a very strong album full of the spirit of Blondie. I have a good feeling about it.”

The Fan Pack magazine contains major all-new exclusive interviews with Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke plus additional band members Leigh Foxx, Matt Katz- Bohen and Tommy Kessler. They discuss the making of the new album and the very special history of this unique, timeless band. There will also be interviews with the album’s producers and sleeve-art designer.

Chris Stein provides never-before-seen archive photos from the band’s illustrious past which shed new light on their years of global pop-rock dominance. On top of this a host of the finest rock writers from various generations share memories and enthusiasm. Barney Hoskyns writes on Blondie’s rise to the top through the punk and disco years, while Harriet Gibsone explains why Debbie Harry is the most influential female icon in rock history. Their New York roots are examined. Every classic Blondie album, from Plastic Letters to Parallel Lines, from Eat To The Beat to Autoamerican, is discussed and re-evaluated in depth by today’s most respected critics, as are all the many books, videos and films involving Blondie.

As Debbie Harry tells editor Chris Roberts, “It’s such a beautiful concept, a great package, just gorgeous. I’m already envisioning autographing them…”

The fan pack will cost £14.99 and is also available via Future Publishing.

Will the fan pack make the charts redundant? Surely The Chart Company are not going to compile retail sales from every newsagent.

Will we miss HMV when its gone? Will this actually secure the future of the independent record reailer?

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Will we miss HMV? “Do you have a reward card” every bloody single time you go to the checkout I don’t think so

  2. blondie, and their record company, are hoping that we’ll buy the CD pack AND the commercially available CD. This is just another format but great news for the fans because there are unseen pics etc in the pack version. So what if HMV goes under, they don’t stock singles anymore, the staff don’t come across as passionate about music and they want £16 for the latest album by the Ex. Bah !

  3. Digital sales killed the record stores. Where I live all the major record stores have closed down. The Fanpack idea is actually creative, and for a band with a rich enough history it’s actually brilliant. It’s also a way to get people to by the physical CD which to me always sounds better than a download.

  4. […] first mentioned this “Panic Of Girls” back in June 2011, when we disclosed that the album was to be […]

  5. I was in HMV the other day and saw an album for a whopping £19!You could get the same on the net for around half that price.I mean how do they still try and flog them at these silly prices,I just went to the pub instead and checked amazon later.They have some good offers but the two for ten pounds thing,what about the casual buyer who wants one album and doesn’t want two,I don’t want to pay more for the one.The bargain basement section you can occasionally find something you want but have to hunt through piles of chaff.I find Fopp a more appealing shop.


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