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Hanging On The Telephone (cover, 2020)

by Antillectual

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Our second proto punk cover single: HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE, written by The Nerves, popularized by Blondie, updated by us!

In total we recorded 4 covers of “the roots of our roots”. Most of the bands we grew up on are still around or reunited, so we didn’t feel like covering those. It was much more interesting to go back one more generation and find early punk songs with a modern melodic vibe to them. Hanging on the Telephone was one of the songs that came to mind. It felt like something that would fit our style very well. Hanging on the Telephone is the last digital single before releasing our Covers EP May 12.


I'm in the phone booth, it's the one across the hall
If you don't answer, I'll just ring it off the wall
I know he's there, but I just had to call

Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

I heard your mother, now she's going out the door
Did she go to work or just go to the store?
All those things she said, I told you to ignore

Oh, why can't we talk again?

It's good to hear your voice, you know it's been so long
If I don't get your calls, then everything goes wrong
I want to tell you something you've known all along

I had to interrupt and stop this conversation
Your voice across the line gives me a strange sensation
I'd like to talk when I can show you my affection

Oh, I can't control myself

Hang up and run to me
Whoa, hang up and run to me


released March 17, 2020
Video by Tijs VL, production by Roos de Huu, inspired by Blondie's music video. Drums and bass recorded by Emiel Thoonen; vocals, guitars and hammond recorded by Menno Bakker at Amsterdam Recording Company. Mixed by Menno Bakker at ARC, mastering by Carl Saff.




Antillectual Nijmegen, Netherlands

Antillectual from Nijmegen, the Netherlands plays a socially conscious, melodic blend of music, ranging from ‘90’s skate punk to ‘00’s emo and ‘10’s orgcore. Creating their own unique blend of stolen riffs and borrowed song titles, while carrying the torch of European punkrock. ... more


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