Blondie may very well have been the most bootlegged new wave act of the late '70s and early '80s, when countless bootleg LPs by the band came out in both the U.S. and Europe. Bootleggers paid a lot of attention to the Talking Heads and Devo, but even those new wave favorites weren't bootlegged quite as extensively as Blondie. The year in which bootleggers really started going wild over Blondie was 1978, when Parallel Lines (its best album as well as its best-selling) came out. Some Blondie bootlegs had come out before Parallel Lines, but after that album's release, it seemed like new Blondie bootlegs were coming out every week. One of the best Blondie bootlegs of late 1978 was My Girlfriend's Back, which was recorded live at the Walnut Theater in Philadelphia on November 6, 1978. The artwork isn't exactly lavish -- we're talking a plain white LP jacket with a sheet of green printing paper that lists the basic information. But the sound quality is good, and Deborah Harry brings a lot of passion and spirit to "Hanging on the Telephone," "I'm On E," "One Way or Another," "Sunday Girl," "Pretty Baby" and other pearls. The LP ends on a high note with a rockin' cover of T. Rex's "Bang a Gong," which Blondie used to close many of its 1978 and 1979 shows. If you should stumble across a hard-to-find copy of My Girlfriend's Back, grab it at once!
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