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"X Offender"
B-side "In The Sun" (US)
"In the Flesh" (UK)
Released June 17, 1976
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1976
Genre New Wave, punk rock
Length 3:15
Label Private Stock
Writer(s) Gary Valentine
Deborah Harry
Producer Richard Gottehrer, Craig Leon
Blondie singles chronology

"X Offender"
"In the Flesh"

Audio sample

"X Offender" is the debut song by American New Wave band Blondie. Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry for the band's self-titled debut album, Blondie, the song was released as the album's lead single on Private Stock in June 1976.

Song information

The title of the song was originally "Sex Offender". Bassist Gary Valentine originally wrote the song about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. The track was co-produced by Richard Gottehrer who had worked with 1960s girl group The Angels, and the song is reminiscent of that era in its style.

Private Stock insisted that the name of the single be changed to "X Offender" because they were nervous about the original title. It was released in mid 1976 with the B-side being "In the Sun". The song didn't chart but Chrysalis heard it with the Blondie album and signed the band. "X Offender" was later the B-side to "Rip Her to Shreds." Due to the limited copies of the single released and the subsequent popularity of the band, a copy of the original UK Private Stock single "X Offender"/"In the Sun" is a sought-after rarity with copies selling for £750 in collectors' markets since the mixes of both songs on the single are different from those on the Blondie album. These mixes appear as bonus tracks on EMI/Capitol Records' 2001 re-issue of the album. Unfortunately, no master tapes of the Private Stock versions have been kept in the archives, consequently these bonus tracks are direct transfers from vinyl.

Music video

Music videos were produced for both "X Offender" and "In The Sun".[1]

Track listing

US 7" (PS-45.097)
  1. "X Offender" (single version) (Gary Valentine, Deborah Harry) – 3:15
  2. "In the Sun" (single version) (Stein) – 2:38
  • There were three pressings of this single that can only be distinguished by careful examination of the inscriptions in the vinyl. First pressing was 7 June 1976; it contains an additional number (pvt 1231 mbw). The third pressing is labeled PVT 1231-M.[2]
US 7" Promo (PS-45.097)
  1. X Offender (Stereo Version)
  2. X Offender (Mono Version)
  • Labeled as a promo PVT 1351 BW. Contains stereo and mono versions on opposite sides.[3]

UK 7" (PVT 105)
  1. "X Offender" (album version) (Harry, Valentine) – 3:13
  2. "In the Flesh" (Harry, Chris Stein) – 2:33



  • Blondie discography
  • Rough Guides, The Rough Guide to Cult Pop: The Songs - The Artists - The Genres - The Dubious Fashions Rough Guides 2003 ISBN 1-84353-229-8
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