In honor of Debbie Harry’s 68th birthday today, we bring you some very early clips of Blondie at CBGB. Above, the band plays “A Girl Should Know Better” in 1975, an unreleased track that’s got all the garage rock, girl-group sound the band rode in on before going new wave in the 80s. Guitarist Chris Stein looks and sounds like Johnny Thunders and Harry performs the almost-wholesome, semi-vacant sexuality of her Playboy bunny past. While this track didn’t make it onto their first album, 1976’s Blondie, it’s a fun little number all the same.
Down below watch the band play “Rip Her to Shreds” in 1977, looking a little less trash-rock but still sounding harder than they would in later, slicker years. For more vintage Harry moments, pop on over to Dangerous Minds to see her arm wrestle Andy Kaufman, recount a run-in with Ted Bundy, and introduce Americans to the pogo dance on Glenn O’Brien’s local New York show TV Party.