Clem Burke of Blondie
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Clem Burke Biography

At age 18 drummer Clem Burke was a co-founding member of the group Blondie along with Chris Stein and Debbie Harry. Burke remained with the band throughout the first stage of their career and was instrumental in the late '90s reunion.

During the '80s and '90s, when Blondie was disbanded, Burke played drums with numerous excellent bands and solo musicians such as: The Romantics, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, Dramarama, Iggy Pop, The Plimsoles, Joan Jett, Wanda Jackson, Johnny Thunders, and even stood in as drummer for The Ramones (under the name Elvis Ramone). Clem played with Eurythmics from 1980 to 1988 recording 3 albums with the band including the Grammy winning hit "Missionary Man". He also appeared as part of The Eurythmics at the Free Nelson Mandela concert in 1988.

It was during Blondie's early touring days that Clem first met guitarist Steve Jones at various rock hangouts in London. Blondie and The Sex Pistols, it seemed, shared a common bodyguard. In the mid 80's Clem and Steve re-united to form Chequered Past, a band that also included Nigel Harrison (Blondie's former bass player) and Michael Des Barre.

In 2004 and 2005 Clem recorded and toured with Nancy Sinatra and in early 2006 he was featured on Kathy Valentine's (The Go-Go's, The Delphines) debut solo CD, Light Years. Later in 2006 Clem was featured on the Miss Derringer album, Lullabies - Social Distortion's Derek O'Brien produced the second album from the L.A.-based band. Fall of 2006 also brought a three month residency for Clem at the Vine Street Lounge in Hollywood with a new band called Hard Again that included Coz Canler (Romantics), Eddie Munoz (Plimsouls), Bruce Witkin and Rhett Frazier.

The newest inductees into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Blondie emerged as the great pop icons of New York's celebrated late '70s new wave punk scene by defying easy categorization.

Blondie's albums include:

Blondie (1976) - was well received as the band toured in support of Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

Plastic Letters (1977) - toured Europe and Asia in support of the record and in March '78, the single "Denis" hit #2 in the U.K.

Parallel Lines (1978) - the band worked with producer Mike Chapman to hone their radio sound and create this album, with the single "Picture This" going #12 in the U.K. and the follow-up, "Hanging on the Telephone," hitting #5 - Blondie had their first #1 record in the U.S. with "Heart of Glass," which also sold over a million copies in the U.K., with the album moving more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Eat To The Beat (1979) - was released, along with the first-ever album-length video. Before the year's end, Blondie continued their chart presence in the U.K. with the #2 hit "Dreaming." By Feb. '80, they landed another #1 U.K. single in "Atomic" and two months later scaled the U.S. charts a second time with "Call Me," from the Paul Schrader film, American Gigolo.

Autoamerican (1980) - Blondie continued to expand their stylistic range on this, their fifth album. "Tide Is High," released in advance of the album, became a gold-selling number one single, as did the rap inspired track "Rapture."

The Hunter (1982): Featured the hit "Island Of Lost Souls".

No Exit (1999) - After disbanding in 1982, Blondie returned with this album. It was an auspicious return, highlighted by the hit "Maria," which went to #1 in 14 countries. The album sold more than two million units worldwide and, behind it, the band completed two tours of the U.S, the U.K. and Europe.

The Curse of Blondie (2003) - Included the hit single "Good Boys".