The Nerves primary claim to fame is their original 1976 version of Blondie’s megahit “Hanging on the Telephone.” But to many power pop aficionados, the band is in certain respects, nearly as legendary as the Velvet Underground. Comprising future Plimsouls main man Peter Case on bass, Paul Collins (later to found the Beat) on drums, and Jack Lee (author of “Hanging on the Telephone”) on guitar, the Nerves were in hindsight a supergroup. Short-lived though they were, lasting less than five years, their influence remains to this day, as evidenced by Volar Records’ Under the Covers, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Paul Collins, Peter Case, and Jack Lee. Featuring takes on Nerves classic by current pop-underground noisemakers such as, the Mantles, Reading Rainbow, and the Moonhearts, it’s as fitting a tribute to the band as anyone could hope for.
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