hanging on

Hanging on the Telephone

"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. American 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.

Release history

UK 7" (CHS 2266)

  1. "Hanging on the Telephone" (Jack Lee) – 2:17
  2. "Will Anything Happen" (Lee) – 2:55US 7" (CHS 2271)
  3. "Hanging on the Telephone" (Lee) – 2:17
  4. "Fade Away and Radiate" (Chris Stein) – 3:57

Chart peaks

Chart (1978) Peak
UK 5
Ireland 16
Netherlands 21
Australia 39
New Zealand 43

Cover versions and appearances in other media

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