US edition of the "Hanging On Telephone" single with alternative cover art.
"Hanging on the Telephone" is a song written by Jack Lee and first performed by Lee's short-lived US West Coast power pop trio The Nerves, who placed it as the lead-off track on their 1976 EP, the band's only release. New wave band Blondie popularised the song when it was released as the second single off Parallel Lines in both the US and the UK, eventually reaching number 5 in the UK in November 1978 as well as inspiring other cover versions.
A version by Flowers Forever features heavily in the 2012 movie Electrick Children, in which a young Mormon girl believes she has become pregnant through listening to the song on her cassette recorder.
^ abTheo Cateforis (2011). Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s. University of Michigan Press. pp. 140–141. ISBN978-0-472-03470-3. "Example 1: The double backbeat
This drum pattern appears in various power pop singles, such as the Romantics' “Tell it to Carrie” (1978), Blondie's “Sunday Girl” and “Hanging on the Telephone” (1978),..."
^The Advocate 2 march 1999. Here Publishing. 1999. p. 57. ISSN0001-8996. "Debbie, as Blondie's front woman, was the undisputed goddess of the late 70s and early '80s, with five albums chock-full of New Wave essentials like "Denis," "Hanging on the Telephone," "Picture This," and "Atomic."