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Debbie Harry

     This page includes a listing of all the countries represented in the discography and also provides helpful tips in determining the origin of some hard-to-identify records.

Countries Of Origin


     Currently, this discography includes records from 57 different countries.  Included are several rather obscure South American countries.  I thank a good friend from Argentina, Eduardo Kodela, for providing this information (as well as the records for my collection!)

  1. Argentina31. Italy
  2. Australia32. Japan
  3. Austria33. Korea
  4. Bangladesh34. Luxembourg
  5. Barbados35. Malaysia
  6. Belgium36. Mexico
  7. Bolivia37. New Zealand
  8. Brazil38. Norway
  9. Canada39. Panama
10. Chile40. Peru
11. China41. Philippines
12. Colombia42. Poland
13. Czechoslovakia43. Portugal
14. Denmark44. Russia
15. Ecuador45. Saudi Arabia
16. EEC46. Singapore
17. El Salvador47. South Africa
18. England48. Spain
19. Finland49. Sweden
20. France50. Switzerland
21. Germany51. Taiwan
22. Greece52. Thailand
23. Guatemala53. Turkey
24. Holland54. Ukraine
25. Hong Kong55. United States 
26. Iceland56. Uruguay
27. India57. Venezuela
28. Indonesia58. West Germany
29. Ireland59. Yugoslavia
30. Israel60. Zimbabwe  

Debbie Harry

Identification Tips


     Often times it is difficult to identify a record's country of origin. This section offers some helpful tips.

Germany / Holland / Belgium

     It can be difficult to determine whether a record originated from Germany, Holland or Belgium.

  A. If the label has the word GEMA stamped on it, the disk is from Germany.
  B. If the label has the word STEMRA stamped on it, the disk is from Holland.  This holds true even if the "virgin" vinyl around the label is stamped "Made in Germany", because although the vinyl itself may have come from Germany, the recording was pressed in Holland and sold in that market.
  C. If the label has the word SABAN stamped on it, the disk is from Belgium.  However, no Blondie records have been pressed in Belgium since 1981.
  D. If the word STEMRA BIEM is stamped on the label, the disk has been pressed in Holland, but sold in the French Market.  With major hits, the French presses were not able to keep up with the demand, so Holland would press copies of the record and ship them to France to be sold.
  E. The label may have the word GEMA STEMRA stamped on it.  This signifies that the record has been pressed by one of the countries from the European Economic Community, ie Holland, Belgium or Germany.  There is no definite way to tell which country pressed the record unless there are obvious clues (such as "Made in...").

English vs. French

     Confusion may arise in distinguishing between 7" singles from England and France.  There are 4 different situations that may occur:
  A. English Pressing: Unless the sleeve identifies a record as being English, it may be difficult to determine its origin.  The sleeve of English pressings is heavier and glossier than the French sleeve, and has a slight "cut-out" in the back side.  The record itself will have a blue or silver stamped-on label (not paper) and will be a small hole disk.  Usually there will be no identifying marks on the disk itself as to its origin.  All writing on the record will be in English.
  B. English Jukebox Pressing: This disk is identical to the standard English release, but has a large center hole.
  C. French Pressing For The French Market: These are records pressed in, and sold.. in the French Market.  The disk almost invariably has a large center hole.  The label identifies the disk as being French.
  D. French Pressing For The Foreign Market: These are records that were pressed in France but shipped over to England to be sold.  The record looks identical to an English release: ie...usually a small hole disk with a blue or silver stamped-on label (not paper).  The label identifies the record as being French.

Australia & New Zealand

     There is often confusion regarding Australian and New Zealand pressings.  The two countries are easily identified, as both clearly state which country pressed the record.  The confusion arises in the variety of pressings and types of labels found on the disks.
  A. Festival Records acquired a contract in 1974 from Chrysalis to release all Australian and New Zealand pressings.  From 1974 to 1978, all Festival Record pressings had a green label with a red Chrysalis butterfly logo.
  B. Festival Records changed their record labels in 1978 to match the blue and white Chrysalis label.  The record is still clearly marked as a Festival release.  All re-issues of earlier releases pressed in 1978 or later have the blue and white label.
  C. Festival Records followed Chrysalis in 1986 and changed their label to solid white with a purple butterfly logo.  All re-issues of earlier releases pressed in 1986 or later have the solid white label with purple butterfly logo.
  D. Festival Records lost their contract with Chrysalis to EMI in 1989.  Therefore, all releases after 1989, or any re-issues, would now be issued on the EMI label.
  E. New Zealand stopped pressing vinyl after 1984.  The last Blondie / Deborah Harry title pressed on vinyl in New Zealand was "Rush Rush".
  F. Australia stopped pressing vinyl after 1990.  The last Blondie / Deborah Harry title pressed on vinyl in Australia was "Def, Dumb And Blonde".

South Africa & Zimbabwe

     Like most South African records, those from Zimbabwe don't state the country on the sleeve or the label. Because there weren't any pressing plants in Zimbabwe, their records were pressed in South Africa and exported up to Zimbabwe for sale. The catalogue number for both countries is usually the same. There are two ways to differentiate. 1) The labels of Zimbabwe records are always white, while South African pressings contain the usual blue & white "Chrysalis" butterfly label. 2) The sleeves for records from Zimbabwe are actually made in Zimbabwe and are very flimsy.

English 12" Singles

     Often times there is difficulty in identifying an original English 12" single from a repress.  This is most prevalent with the earlier singles that were re-issued as Blondie gained in popularity.
  A. The easiest way to determine whether the record is an original pressing is to look at the "virgin" vinyl just outside the label.  There should not be any words etched into the vinyl other than the record number.  If the words "JA TAPE ONE" are etched into the "virgin" vinyl, then the record is a repress.
  B. The inner sleeve may also help in identification, if one is present.  The original pressing has an inner sleeve with rice-paper over the die-cut hole, and reads "Made In England".  The repress has no rice-paper and the inner sleeve does not read "Made In England".  The inner sleeve of the English repress may actually read "Made In Germany".  Do not let this confuse you into believing the record is German!

Debbie Harry


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