Basic Background Info

Birth: November 24, 1955
Location: Bayonne, New Jersey
Band: Blondie, The Romantics, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, The Ramones, Pete Townsend, Bob Dylan
Genres: Rock, Pop, Punk
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Born in 1955 in New Jersey, Clem Burke is best known for his work with legendary band Blondie. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein recruited Clem Burke in the late 1970s when they created Blondie (originally known as Angel and the Snake). Blondie forged new territory with their punk-rock/New Wave hybrid sound. Their first success was in Australia and the United Kingdom, but after releasing Parallel Lines in 1978, Blondieís popularity surged through mainstream America. Blondie's already eclectic sound evolved, integrating elements of disco, pop, and hip-hop.

After Blondie dismantled in 1982, Clem Burke drummed for Pete Townsend, Bob Dylan, The Eurythmics, The Tourists, Dramarama, Iggy Pop, and Joan Jett. In 1983, Clem Burke recorded with super-group Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Nigel Harrison (Blondie), Tony Sales, and Michael Des Barres. Clem, as Elvis Ramone, drummed for The Ramones in performances in 1987 and again in 2004. He also regularly performed with The Romantics between 1990 and 2004.

In 1996, Blondie re-emerged (without Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante) and began touring and recording with respectable success. In 2004 only Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Clem Burke remained of the original band members.

In 2006, Blondie was both inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Guitar Center's Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1976 Blondie Blondie
1977 Plastic Letters Blondie
1978 Parallel Lines Blondie
1979 Eat to the Beat Blondie
1980 Autoamerican Blondie
1981 Bad Reputation Joan Jett
1981 Best of Blondie Blondie
1981 I Love Rock N' Roll Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
1981 In the Garden Eurythmics
1982 Heart on a Wall Jimmy Destri
1982 Hunter Blondie
1982 Zombie Birdhouse Iggy Pop
1984 Chequered Past Chequered Past
1984 Repo Man Original Soundtrack
1985 White City: A Novel Pete Townshend
1986 Knocked Out Loaded Bob Dylan
1986 Live San Fran 1981 Iggy Pop
1986 Revenge Eurythmics
1987 Live Eurythmics
1991 Groups of Wrath: Songs of the Naked City Various Artists
1992 Rock of the 70's, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1993 Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Dramarama
1993 Live 1983-1989 Eurythmics
1993 Made in Detroit The Romantics
1994 Melody Fair: Bee Gees Tribute Various Artists
1994 Platinum Collection Blondie
1995 Sing Hollies in Reverse Various Artists
1995 We Are Not Talking About Commercial Shit! Iggy Pop
1996 Arlan's Army Various Artists
1996 Best of Dramarama: 18 Big Ones Dramarama
1996 Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger Various Artists
1996 Delphines The Delphines
1997 Bright Side John Easdale
1997 Hangover Gilby Clarke
1997 Longtime Thom MacFarlane
1997 We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute Various Artists
1997 Yellow Pills, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1997 You Dinosaur Thing H
1998 All the Children Are Drunk Blondie
1998 Bad Reputation Joan Jett
1998 Ice Cream Genius Steve Hogarth
1998 Kool Trash The Plimsouls
1998 Resurrection of the Warlock: A Tribute to Mark Bolan Various Artists
1998 Wrongs of Passage Debbie Schwartz
1999 Best of Blondie Blondie
1999 John Blair Party CD: NYC's Best DJ's, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1999 Live in New York Blondie
1999 Logic Pride, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Mondo Blondage Blondie
1999 No Exit Blondie
1999 Nothing Is Real But the Girl Blondie
1999 Nuggets Iggy Pop
2000 Blockbuster: A Glitter Glam Rock Experience Various Artists
2000 Livid Blondie
2001 Autoamerican Blondie
2001 Blondie Blondie
2001 Concert du Siecle Various Artists
2001 Cosmic Speed The Delphines
2001 Eat to the Beat Blondie
2001 Hunter Blondie
2001 Mad for the Racket The Racketeers
2001 Parallel Lines Blondie
2001 Plastic Letters Blondie
2001 Racketeers Mad for the Racket
2002 California Girl Nancy Sinatra
2002 History of Danny B. Harvey Danny B. Harvey
2002 Naked Dutch Painter and Other Songs Stew
2002 Swag Gilby Clarke
2003 61/49 The Romantics
2003 Curse of Blondie Blondie
2003 No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion Various Artists
2003 Zombie Birdhouse Iggy Pop
2004 Blondie Live Blondie
2004 Curse of Blondie Blondie
2004 Live by Request Blondie
2005 Blondie Live Blondie
2005 Boxed Eurythmics
2005 In the Garden Eurythmics
2005 Lightyears Kathy Valentine
2005 Million in Prizes: The Anthology Iggy Pop
2005 Revenge Eurythmics
2006 I Remember Elvis Wanda Jackson
2006 Lullabies Miss Derringer
2006 No More Vinyl Little Girls
2006 P.I.N.S. Sonny Vincent
2006 Twang Bang Denny Freeman
2006 White City: A Novel Pete Townshend
2007 Eat to the Beat Blondie
2007 Gilby Clarke Gilby Clarke


  • In 1998, Clem said he saw elements of Blondie in the band No Doubt, led by the ultra-blonde Gwen Stefani.
  • When Blondie reunited in 1996, Harrison and Infante did not join and sued for the rights to use the name Blondie. When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, while onstage Harrison and Infante asked to perform with the band and Debbie Harry refused.
  • Allegedly, the band adopted the name Blondie as a reference to catcalls to blonde Debbie Harry from truck drivers.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Vic Firth

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