Hanging on the Telephone
|"Hanging on the Telephone"|
|Single by Blondie|
|from the album Parallel Lines|
|B-side||'Will Anything Happen'
'Fade Away and Radiate'
|Released||October 30, 1978|
|Blondie singles chronology|
The tune was the lead-off track on The Nerves's 1976 EP, the group's only release. New wave band Blondie later popularised the "Hanging on the Telephone", when it released a cover of the song as the second single off Parallel Lines in both the US and UK. The tune eventually reached number 5 in the UK in November 1978, as well as inspired other cover versions.
Like one of Blondie's subsequent singles, "Sunday Girl", "Hanging on the Telephone" employs a double backbeat rhythm in its drumming pattern. This percussion style also appeared on other power pop singles from the period, like The Romantics' 1978 release "Tell It to Carrie".
- UK 7" (CHS 2266)
- "Hanging on the Telephone" (Jack Lee) — 2:17
- "Will Anything Happen" (Lee) — 2:55
- US 7" (CHS 2271)
- "Hanging on the Telephone" (Lee) — 2:17
- "Fade Away and Radiate" (Chris Stein) — 3:57
Chart peak positions
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||39|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||19|
|Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)||16|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||21|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||20|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||43|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||5|
Cover versions and appearances in other media
- The Sharp covered the song on their 1993 EP Yeah I Want You.
- Swedish duo Roxette covered the song during their Crash! Boom! Bang! world tour 94-95.
- In 1995 a cover version by American grunge band L7 was released on The Jerky Boys Soundtrack.
- The song has been covered by Alexi Laiho's Finnish extreme power metal band Sinergy on the album To Hell and Back released in 2000.
- In 2001, Polish rock band Hey released a cover of the song on their studio album.
- A studio band named Jack covered the song for inclusion in the 2005 edition of the PC game You Don't Know Jack.
- In 2006, both UK girl band Girls Aloud and Def Leppard released covers of the song, on a limited edition bonus disc to The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits and on Yeah!, respectively.
- The song appeared on the soundtrack of the 2006 video game True Crime: New York City.
- A cover of this song appeared on punk rock band Rehasher's 2009 album, High Speed Access to My Brain.
- In 2009 Jimmy Somerville covered the song on his acoustic album Suddenly Last Summer.
- In 2011, it was covered by The Gamits on a split with Red City Radio.
- A version by Flowers Forever is played in the 2012 movie Electrick Children, in which a young girl believes she has become pregnant through listening to the song on her cassette recorder.
- Blondie re-recorded the song for their 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever which included their 10th studio album Ghosts of Download and marked the 40th anniversary of the forming of the band.
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