Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand

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"Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand"
Single by Primitive Radio Gods
from the album Rocket
B-side "Feel Me"
Released June 1996
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock, trip hop
Length 5:39
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Chris O'Connor
Producer(s) Chris O'Connor
Primitive Radio Gods singles chronology
"Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand"
(1996)
"Motherfucker"
(1996)

"Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand" is a song by American alternative rock group Primitive Radio Gods. It was released in June 1996 as the lead single from their debut album, Rocket and became a popular radio hit over the next few months, reaching number 2 in Canada and peaking at number 10 on the US Hot 100 Airplay in September 1996. It became popular after being featured in the movie The Cable Guy, as well as its film soundtrack, and soon after peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Content[edit]

Its chorus consists of a sample from the 1964 B. B. King song "How Blue Can You Get": "I've been downhearted baby, ever since the day we met."

Cover versions[edit]

It was covered by The Copyrights on the Methadones/Copyrights split CD. The melody and lyrics remain unchanged, but the song was retitled "Locked Outside a Motel Without Shoes, a Wallet or a Phone".

There is an unrelated song, also called "Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand", on Bruce Cockburn's 1978 album Further Adventures Of.

Track listing[edit]

American CD
  1. "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand" (Radio Edit) – 4:35
  2. "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand" – 5:39
American 7″
  1. "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand" (Radio Edit) – 4:35
  2. "Feel Me" – 2:46
British CD
  1. "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand" (Radio Edit) – 4:35
  2. "Mona Lisa" – 3:10
  3. "Feel Me" – 2:46

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 31
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[2] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 2
US Billboard Adult Top 40[4] 19
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 32
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[4] 1
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[4] 7
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[5] 10
Preceded by
"Pepper" by Butthole Surfers
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
July 27 – August 31, 1996
Succeeded by
"Who You Are" by Pearl Jam
Preceded by
"Who You Are" by Pearl Jam
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
September 16, 1996
Succeeded by
"E-Bow the Letter" by R.E.M.

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