Blondie is planning a staggered worldwide rollout this year and next for "Panic of Girls," the group's first set of new material since "The Curse of Blondie" in 2003.
While label and distribution deals are still being formulated, drummer Clem Burke tells Billboard.com that he expects the set to come out in Australia in time for Blondie's November-December tour with the Pretenders. Following that, the band plans to release it in 2011 in other territories, including the U.S. "There's a lot of politics involved," Burke says with a laugh.
Blondie recorded "Panic of Girls" during November and December in Woodstock, N.Y., which Burke says is only the second time the band has made an album outside of Manhattan (the first was 1980's platinum "Automamerican," which was done in Los Angeles). "We were living in the country out there, kind of the antithesis of the urbanite kind of atmosphere that exists around Blondie," explains Burke, adding that the album photos shot by Bob Gruen feature the band members posing with farm animals. "We tried to make the recording process as organic as possible and tried to stay away from programming as much as we could, because ['The Curse of Blondie'] had a lot of programming on it. So in the spirit of Woodstock, we kept going in the studio and playing."