Hanging on the Telephone

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"Hanging on the Telephone"
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone (UK).jpg
Single by Blondie
from the album Parallel Lines
B-side
  • "Will Anything Happen"
  • "Fade Away and Radiate"
Released 1978
Format 7" vinyl
Genre
Length 2:17
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Jack Lee
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Love You Too"
(1978)
"Hanging on the Telephone"
(1978)
"Heart of Glass"
(1979)
"I'm Gonna Love You Too"
(1978)
"Hanging on the Telephone"
(1978)
"Heart of Glass"
(1979)
Audio sample
Alternative cover
US edition of the "Hanging On Telephone" single with alternative cover art.
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; later in 1978, it was recorded and released as a single by the American rock band Blondie.

Background[edit]

The song was the lead-off track on The Nerves's 1976 EP, the group's only release. It was later popularized by new wave band Blondie when they released a cover of the song as the second single from their 1978 album Parallel Lines in both the US and UK. It eventually reached number 5 in the UK in November 1978.

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".[3]

Track listing[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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 39
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 5

Cover versions and appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cateforis 2011, p. 139.
  2. ^ "The goddess still rocks". The Advocate. No. 780. March 2, 1999. p. 57. ISSN 0001-8996. 
  3. ^ Cateforis 2011, pp. 140–41.
  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Hangin' on the Telephone". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 1978-12-02" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Jimmy Somerville Suddenly – Last Summer". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

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