I wonder how many times this phone number had to be retired after the Tommy Tutone hit of 1981 ?  And how many of their customers were named Jenny ?

Earworm of the day. You’re welcome.

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36 Responses to 867-5309

  1. Erika Kind says:

    Cannot watch the video :/

  2. A.PROMPTreply says:

    OMG. I can’t believe this came right back into my head as soon as I saw the number. Ugh.

  3. I think that when that song first came out if a person phoned the number it went to an answering service set up by the band or the record label or some such thing.

  4. Ha! I wonder that too Van! ❤
    Diana xo

  5. That glottal stop is so 80’s…it’s a great video…

  6. George says:

    Probably the same number that had Beechwood 45789…..remember that one?

  7. I glanced at the post this morning on my way out. That song has been stuck in my brain all day! 🙂

  8. My daughter and I just heard this in the car a couple days ago. She started singing, I changed the channel. She asked, in an almost shocked tone, “you don’t like that song?!” Uh, no. Since my name is Jenny I have heard that song played, hummed, whistled, sang by good singers and bad, strangers just meeting me for the first time, karaoke, ugh, you name it. As I told her, you can only hear a song like that so many times before you’d rather pull out your own hair. Lol If I had a dime, blah blah blah… Lol
    (This also applies to any popular Forest Gump quotes – even though I do like that movie).

  9. When I was a kid I was told that you could call that number and there was a voicemail from the band. Has anyone ever verified this?

    It’s so funny that this would come up today as I saw a post on Facebook about an incredible magician turning over cards to music. The cards were the number in the song. Of course 8675309 came up. I hadn’t thought of that song in years. I love the synchronicities on blogging sites.

  10. markbialczak says:

    I had a real, live conversation with Tommy Tutone last summer, Van. I was thrilled. He was cool. We talked about when he used to put pocket change on our needle arms so our old records wouldn’t skip. He said his teenage son plays albums now. The next night I saw him concert, and he still rocks!

    • markbialczak says:

      we used to. Not he. You get my typos …

    • Ah…the old “weight on the stylus”…we all did that. How cool that he still performs. I honestly don’t know any of his other songs, though. He must be sick of this phone number ! ☺

      • markbialczak says:

        He must be really sick of it, until the monthly royalty check from the radio airplay comes, Van. 🙂 They played songs from their new allbum that night, and the theme of it was cover songs done in the style of bands that didn’t play the original. In other words, an Eagles song played in the style of Led Zeppelin … it was odd but interesting!

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