THE MONDAY MORNING HI-QUALITY VINYL RIP : Part Forty-eight: HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE

I’ve said before how much I love every second of the album Parallel Lines.

Hanging On The Telephone is such a prefect opener, and as I said when I used it for the same purpose in my Blondie ICA (#197, November 2018), it provides a nod to the band’s roots in terms of its sound, energy and tempo. It was also a nice touch to take a largely unknown song, written by someone whom Chris Stein and Debbie Harry thought of as deserving success, and ensure a lifetime of royalties for Jack Lee. I think it’s fair to say that without the cover treatment, this song, originally recorded in 1976 by Los Angeles-based power-pop trio The Nerves, would have gained nothing more than a minor cult status.

mp3: Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone

The single enjoyed a twelve-week stay in the UK singles chart at the end of 1978 and into the first month of 1979, peaking at #5. Four of the next six singles by Blondie would reach #1.

Oh, and the picture sleeve is quite divine……the mp3 above is ripped from the 7″ single.

JC

7 thoughts on “THE MONDAY MORNING HI-QUALITY VINYL RIP : Part Forty-eight: HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE

  1. I agree re: your comments re: Parallel Lines. Pop perfection. P.S. that Divine sure did get about.

  2. My favourite Blondie song (both now and before I knew it was a cover), and oddly the only single of theirs that I ever purchased. I did buy Parallel Lines though – as did just about every other music fan I knew at the time.

  3. “If you don’t answer me I’ll ring it off the wall…”
    An absolute classic from a perfect record by the ultimate pop goddess & co..

  4. A return to the debate about the greatest Side One Track Ones ever?
    The phone rings and then the most aggressive/ alluring vocals of all time kick in.
    Pure magic.

  5. A brilliant song that I never tire of listening to. Thanks, JC

    @Flimflamfan, your P.S. caused me to splutter tea over the monitor screen. Now, that’s one duet I wish I’d seen…!

    @DAM, also a contender for greatest Side One closing track ever as well (1981’s The Best Of Blondie)

  6. Jack Lee also wrote “Come Back and Stay” so he has to send Paul Young a Christmas card every year as well!

    Thank you for curating this blog. It is a wonderful place.

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