BLONDIE – “Hanging On The Telephone” / “Will Anything Happen?” (Chrysalis CHS-2266) October 1978

“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.


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