Song of the Day, March 11: Hanging On the Telephone by Blondie

BlondieHangingToday’s song finds a pioneering New York punk band come into their own with another band’s song. By the time they recorded their third album, Parallel Lines, Blondie were well established in the New York scene and on the British charts, known for their eclectic approach and energetic playing. Producer Mike Chapman helped the group tighten their sound, turning out a New Wave masterpiece.

For the opening track they selected Jack Lee’s Hanging On the Telephone, taken from his band the Nerves’ only release. Short and sweet, it’s a great song of anxious frustration. Debbie Harry is in fine voice, nailing the tension with just the right undercurrent of desire. The band — famously hammered into shape by Chapman — turn in a brilliant, urgent performance, underscoring the lyrics.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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