Posted by Drew on 15 years ago
> > Does anyone know who sings the "Hanging on the telephone" song in the Cingular commercial? It is a remake of an old Bondie song. Thanks for your time.
> I have been trying to figure that out myself. I had forgotten that it was a Blondie original. But I'm pretty sure that I have heard the version that's in the commercial many years ago. My 1st guest was the Waitresses but I couldn't find any mention of it on their website. 2nd guess was Martha and the Muffins but no mention on their website either.
> So I'm stumped....
> Don't you love how all of these great songs from the late 70's and 80's that were never "fit for radio" are showing up in commercials???
OK, some more info....
I have discovered that a 70's band called The Nerves were the original authors of the song. Here's the blurb that I stole from mp3.com..
They could've been contenders had they stayed together long enough, but the Nerves, despite their brief existence, were one of the most exciting bands in power pop. Formed by Jack Lee, Peter Case, and Paul Collins in 1975, their career was over by 1978, but they produced a great EP that featured the power pop classic "Hanging on the Telephone," which was later recorded (and wonderfully so) by Blondie. Ultimately, having three talented songwriters in one band hurried the demise of the Nerves, and all three principals found greater happiness and success with their new bands; although Jack Lee (arguably the most talented songwriter of the three) had the shortest career and eventually dropped out of sight after a fine solo record (Jack Lee's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1) in 1981. Case went on to form the Plimsouls, who recorded two good records and a transcendent pop song, "A Million Miles Away." After breaking up in 1984, Case recorded as a roots rock solo act for the rest of the decade and into the '90s. Collins formed the Beat (later Paul Collins' Beat), who were merely OK, and has done little since the mid-'80s. ~ John Dougan, All Music Guide