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.