Platinum Blonde was a Canadian New Wave group in the 1980s. The band originally consisted of Manchester-born ex-pat Mark Holmes (vocals, bass), Sergio Galli (guitar) and Chris Steffler (drums). Scottish musician Kenny MacLean later joined the group. The name of the band was inspired by the 1931 Jean Harlow movie Platinum Blonde. They were known also for their stylish glam rock-like appearance dressing in pastel colour outfits and their music videos.
In 1985, the band released a second album called Alien Shores, featuring the addition of a fourth member, Kenny MacLean. "Alien Shores" went quintuple platinum, the group's high-water mark of success. Hits from the second album included "Situation Critical", "Crying Over You", "Somebody Somewhere", and "Hungry Eyes".
The band's next album, Contact, though an unsuccessful breakthrough attempt in the United States, was still a hit in Canada in 1988, going platinum (though just barely). The title track charted well, and the video for "Fire" grabbed attention by featuring the Canadian pop duo Tu as back-up singers.
Renaming themselves "The Blondes" for their last release, 1990's Yeah Yeah Yeah, the group switched to their own label, "Justin Entertainment". By 1991 the effort was deemed a failure and the band decided to venture into solo projects.
Mark Holmes went on to an acting career, appearing as guitarist Quinn Quinley in Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!. The entire group had also appeared as alien bikers in the 1988 episode Eye for an Eye of the television series War of the Worlds. Holmes played the aliens' leader, Red.
Rumors of a reunion of the original band, and possibly some new material, have continued to swirl. As of July, 2006, the band has played a few charity concerts only. A DVD video compilation entitled Platinum Blonde: The Complete DVD Collection which was originally scheduled for release in 2005 has now been shelved for more production. According to the band's official website, the compilation consists of nine music videos as well as several bonus features.