Hanging on the Telephone

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"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
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1978
Genre
Length 2:17
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Jack Lee
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Certification Silver (BPI)[3]
Blondie singles chronology
  • "Hanging on the Telephone"
  • (1978)
Music sample
Alternative cover
US edition of the "Hanging On Telephone" single with alternative cover art.

"Hanging on the Telephone" is a song written by Jack Lee. It was first performed by his short-lived US West Coast power pop trio The Nerves.

Background[edit]

The tune was the lead-off track on The Nerves's 1976 EP, the group's only release. New wave band Blondie later popularised "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".[4]

Release history[edit]

UK 7" (CHS 2266)
  1. "Hanging on the Telephone" (Jack Lee) – 2:17
  2. "Will Anything Happen" (Lee) – 2:55
US 7" (CHS 2271)
  1. "Hanging on the Telephone" (Lee) – 2:17
  2. "Fade Away and Radiate" (Chris Stein) – 3:57

Chart peak positions[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 39
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 19
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[7] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 5

Cover versions and appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cateforis 2011, p. 139.
  2. ^ "The goddess still rocks". The Advocate (780): 57. March 2, 1999. ISSN 0001-8996. 
  3. ^ "Certified Awards". BPI. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Cateforis 2011, pp. 140–141.
  5. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 16 juni 1979" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Hangin' on the Telephone". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 1978-12-02" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  13. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Jimmy Somerville Suddenly – Last Summer". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

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