BLONDIE – “Hanging On The Telephone” / “Will Anything Happen?” (Chrysalis CHS-2266) October 1978
Blondie “Hanging on the Telephone” is a song written by Jack Lee. The song was first performed by his short-lived US West Coast power pop band The Nerves; later in 1978, it was recorded and released as a single by the American rock band Blondie.
Blondie had discovered the song via a cassette tape compilation which Jeffrey Lee Pierce had given the band. Beginning with a phone sound-effect courtesy of producer Mike Chapman, Blondie’s version of the song was released on the band’s breakthrough third album, Parallel Lines. The single was a top five hit in the UK and has since seen critical acclaim as one of the band’s best songs. (wiki)
Blondie go from strength to strength. Debbie Harry, once the piece of meat looked at but never listened to, has drilled her voice into a tool of elegance and dirty power.
From one of the best pop albums for years, ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ is the most inevitable hit this week. (Record Mirror)