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Rip Her to Shreds

"Rip Her to Shreds" is a song by American New Wave band Blondie, which features on the band's ,self-titled debut album (1976). In 1977, it was the first Blondie single to be released on Chrysalis Records in the UK, although it did not chart. The B-sides to this single were "In the Flesh" and "X-Offender", both previously issued as A-side singles by Private Stock Records, and both moderately successful. As a promotional gimmick the song was also released as a 12" single, selling for 99p.

In Australia, the song "In the Flesh" was played by mistake, instead of "X Offender", on the nationally broadcast music program Countdown, and was well received by the viewing audience. Chrysalis released the song as a single in Australia, and it quickly reached number two there. Australia was thus the first territory territory where Blondie achieved a hit single, and the album sold well too.

In a BBC Radio documentary about Blondie, Debbie Harry said "Rip Her To Shreds" is about what gossip columns do to people's lives. "Rip Her To Shreds" was included on Blondie's first 'greatest hits' compilation The Best of Blondie, released in October 1981.

Chart peaks

Chart (1977) Chart peaks
Australia 81

Release history

UK 7", 12" (CHS 2180)

  1. "Rip Her to Shreds" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) – 3:22
  2. "In the Flesh" (Harry, Stein) – 2:33
  3. "X-Offender" (Harry, Valentine) – 3:14


BBC 6 Music, Friday 31 March 2006, Overnight documentary on Blondie which was a re-airing of an existing BBC radio documentary: "Sunday Girl: The Blondie story", BBC Radio 2, 1999, (first aired 1999/09/18), presented by Toyah Willcox.

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