The band's name was taken from the 1931 film, "Platinum Blonde", starring Jean Harlow. The band was renowned for its trademark glam-rock appearance, with outfits in pastel colours and 80s glam-style music videos.
Platinum Blonde began as a performing the music of and in the style of The Police in bars in Ontario, Canada. The group released "Standing in the Dark" in 1983, which went double platinum and launched the group into the Canadian canon, with regular radio and video play. Often referred to as "Canada's Duran Duran", primarily due to their similar glam-rock image, British production and New Wave video style, the band's early lyrics hit on political themes, including police state repression (It Doesn't Really Matter) and nuclear war (Standing in the Dark).
Kenny MacLean joined the band in time for their second album, "Alien Shores", which went quintuple platinum.
The band's third album, 1988's "Contact", went platinum and notoriously featured Canadian pop duo, Tú on backing vocals.
The band's final release, 1990's "Yeah Yeah Yeah" was released under the name The Blondes (2). It was also released under the band's label, Justin Entertainment Inc..
The band separated to work on solo projects until 1999, when Mark Holmes began touring again, with Dave Barrett and Sascha Tukatsch backing him, to promote the greatest hits album, "Seven Year Itch: 1982-1989".
Rumours of a reunion have been all but unfounded, with plans for a recent video compilation shelved indefinitely.