I (as I suspect many of you reading) discovered The Nerves via Blondie’s cover of the seminal power-pop group’s “Hanging On The Telephone.” Years later I took a guitar/songwriting workshop with Peter Case, here in L.A. at McCabes, and every once in awhile he would drop a morsel or two about his days with the Nerves/Plimsouls. Always unexpected, and always interesting.
Last month Alive Records released the album One Way Ticket. The collection compiles not only the Nerves self-titled EP and various demos, live tracks, and photos but also notes penned by Case who went on to found the Plimsouls before embarking on an acclaimed (if underrated) solo career.
Note: Cat Power also does an interesting version of “Hanging On The Telephone” worth seeking out.
MP3: The Nerves :: Hanging On The Telephone
MP3: Blondie :: Hanging On The Telephone (cover)
Amazon: The Nerves – One Way Ticket