Panic of Girls is the forthcoming ninth studio album from the American New Wave band Blondie. The album is due for release in 2011.
Background and release
Panic of Girls is Blondie's first album since 2003's The Curse of Blondie. The album was recorded between October–December 2009 in Woodstock, New York, and May 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey, being the second album in the band's history to be recorded outside of Manhattan, after 1980s Autoamerican which was recorded in Los Angeles. The band's drummer, Clem Burke, also said that about 35 songs were recorded during the sessions for the album, with only 14 that are going to make the album. He has also said that all band members have contributed to the release, with vocalist Debbie Harry writing most of the lyrics. Original Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri planned to contribute to the writing and recording of this album, but was ultimately not a part of it.
The album name came from the lyrics of a demo track recorded for the album: "The End Of The World", which ultimately did not appear on it's final track list. The former names of the album were: Songs From The Red Coat and Panic Of Truth. Finally the album name was eventually changed into Panic Of Girls.
Guitarist Chris Stein has revealed that the band is pushing for a 15-16 track album, with 3 or 4 songs being cover songs, one song in French and two in Spanish, with all English language lyrics written by Debbie Harry.
Two tracks from the album, "What I Heard" and "Girlie Girlie", were included on a special release of the band's 1978 album Parallel Lines that came free with the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday on December 5, 2010. Another song, "Mother", was made available as a free download from the band's website. It would later be announced as the lead single, available for purchase on May 23rd, 2011.
The album was originally due for release in 2010, but difficulties with record companies delayed the release. In an interview in the British Telegraph newspaper on March 24, 2011, Debbie Harry revealed that the band will be releasing the album themselves (i.e. without a record company) as part of a special "Collector's Pack" in conjunction with Future Publishing. The pack includes the album along with a special 132-page magazine charting the making of the album, the band's history and includes many archive photographs. The Collector's Pack will be available in the UK in over 3000 non-traditional music retail outlets including Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, WH Smith and Sainsburys and will be released on June 1st, 2011. The album itself will be released on July 4th, 2011.
On May 29th, the entire album was leaked onto the internet.