Track Premiere: Jack Lee “Come Back and Stay”


From the Nerves (“Hanging on the Telephone”) co-founder’s upcoming anthology.

By Blurt Staff

Power pop acolytes know well the name Jack Lee: along with Peter Case and Paul Collins, he was a co-founder of L.A.’s Nerves, which bum-rushed the underground in the late ‘70s prior to each member going on to myriad other acclaimed projects. Lee, of course, penned the classic “Hanging on the Telephone” that Blondie took to the bank, and his songs have also been covered by Suzi Quatro, Cat Power, Paul Young, and others. Now Lee has an anthology slated to drop Nov. 25 via Alive Naturalsound and we are honored to be able to premiere a choice track from the collection, “Come Back and Stay.” Check it out:

According to Lee, “This is the second song that I ever wrote. And it’s actually about my mother.”

Bigger Than Life is a double album boasting 23 songs and all reissued for the first time since the 1980s. (Some of the tunes popped up on Lee’s ’81 album Jack Lee’s Greatest Hits. Vol. 1.) Worth noting: it’ll be available on limited edition colored vinyl in addition to CD and digital.

Photo credit: Catherine Sebastian

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