“So now we had another girl, but one who was very different from Patti Smith. Whereas Patti had kind of an androgynous thing going on, Debbie Harry looked like a fashion model from the ‘60s, but more streetwise and tough. She was iconic right from the start. You looked at her picture on the album cover, and she just seemed untouchable.
“Blondie were punk in their attitude – they had a ‘we do what we want’ ethos – but they were unapologetic in their love of pop and beautifully structured songs. They knew you had to have a great song to get heard. To me, punk and pop have always been closely linked, and this album proved that.”