Blondie – Parallel Lines (1979)

They say you never forget your first love and, for me, my first love was Blondie.

As a 14 year old teenager my only source of income was from delivering newspapers in our village and so it was from this work that I was able to purchase my first vinyl, Blondie’s Parallel Lines which was huge in 79 from singles like Sunday Girl, Hanging On The Telephone and Heart of Glass – all of which bought and still own; along with all of their original albums.

So this LP started my love of the band, love of collecting records and Blondie was the first band I ever saw live (1980), igniting a love for live music that continues 40 odd years later with both established and emerging artists.

An important record and perhaps even the most influential item in my collection.