Remember That Old 80s Song (867-5209) The Payphone Project: Remember That Old 80s Song (867-5209)

Gunslinger on Friday, January 22, 1999 - 08:16 pm:

    There was a song in the eighties by some band I don't remember anymore. It was called "Jenny (867-5309). I found that (212) 867-5309 is a fax machine. Very cool.


By Blindswine on Friday, January 22, 1999 - 09:19 pm:

    i think the name of that band was Tommy Tutone.

    back when i was a kid in the 80's, i used to help out at the caribbean food-stand my mom set up at the town fair. every year she would get the same spot underneath the drive-through pavilion. likewise, every year the fair-organizers would get the same lame-assed cover band to play right next to my mom's stand. i think their name was "Phil and The Cruisers" or "Billy and the Drifters" or some shit like that. they knew about 10 songs and would play for like 4 or 5 hours, just repeating the same crappy 10 songs over and over again.
    i remember sitting there listening to "867-5309" for the fifth time that day and wondering how much trouble i'd get into if i just yanked their power supply and ran.

    on a side note, back in 1990 i was in a deeply-committed relationship for about 10 days with a girl whose number was 867-5309.

    her name wasn't jenny, though.

By Markus on Monday, January 25, 1999 - 10:14 am:

    That's cool as hell. I can't believe Bell gives out that number to anyone anymore. It must be an impressive pain in the ass getting calls at 3 AM from drunken teenagers asking for Jenny, giggling, and hanging up.

By Cyst on Friday, January 29, 1999 - 02:15 pm:

    I bet your average teenager today wouldn't know the significance of the number 867-5309.

    an old portland number of mine used to get a lot of strange callers looking for other people. I remember coming back from vacation and listening to a week's worth of messages. one was from a guy who had heard I knew of a really effective, environmentally safe insecticide, another from some woman who wanted to put me in a who's who of business people on the west coast, and a third caller who told me I was late showing up to fix his freezer over at union jack's, a strip bar on burnside.

    I wondered who had had that number before I did.

By Pinkys Cheap Plastic Crap on Friday, April 9, 1999 - 05:44 am:

    There's a speedmetal/neopunk cover of "Jenny" that's really good, where they scream out the famed number 867-5309 fast and loud. So maybe the kids-o-today will make the requisite prank calls afterall.

By Rob on Saturday, November 27, 1999 - 06:45 pm:

    Has anyone called 867-5309 ontoll-free line (800,877 and 888)? WHat are those?

By Janny on Monday, November 29, 1999 - 12:30 pm:

    Thats my phone number,did you get it off the wall?

By Mike on Monday, November 29, 1999 - 02:47 pm:


    When that song came out I thought that it was "Eggs and Southern Fried Freedom aiee, aiee"

    WTF was I THINKING????

By Hey Bop a Rebop on Monday, November 29, 1999 - 05:31 pm:

    How about "634.5789" anyone remember that one from the 50's? maybe 60's

By Me...... on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 - 06:46 pm:


By J on Thursday, December 2, 1999 - 11:35 am:

    I thought they sang "Janny I got your number".

By Me.... on Saturday, December 4, 1999 - 04:49 pm:

    now, i remember that song-634-5789...i think Robert Cray did a remake of it.........yeah, that was a pretty cool song.....kinda bluesy....i LIKE blues...........

By Jennie on Friday, August 4, 2000 - 08:50 pm:

    I am Jennie! Stop Calling ME!!!

By David on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 09:56 pm:

    I am here to prove you all wrong! I am your average teenager who does know 867-5309. In my area (texas) if you call that number (210-867-5309), you will get an answering machiene that comments about the song...Try it out..leave a message.

By M on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 10:57 pm:


By Geep on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 03:56 pm:

    In my area, (801-867-5309) if you call that number you get somebody's cell phone number, and if thier voicemail answers, you hear the owner of the cell phone singing that song.

By The masked masquerade on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 01:12 pm:

    I thought the tune was :634-5789: come on folks,
    say you remember.


By The Watcher on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 05:07 pm:

    There might be two songs.

    I do remember 634-5789.

By Lizzzz on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 02:30 am:

    In Illinois, if you call (847) 867-5309, there's this missle aged couple that plays along with you. WHen you ask, "Is Jenny there?" They tell you things like, "She just stepped out." or "She's taking a shower." WOuldn't it be great to have that number yourself????

By The Watcher on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:18 pm:

    Missle aged???

    No it would not.

By Onher on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - 03:24 am:

    A friend of my husband who lives near LA has had the number 867-5319 for over 10 years, but in spite of being right out of the 'Jenny' era, neither he nor any of his friends ever made the connection til I got the number about a year ago. Sure makes it easy to remember the number.

By sarah on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - 02:00 pm:

    there's a pretty good pop band named "OK GO" from chicago who does a bitchin cover of Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl".

By droopy on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - 02:25 pm:

    rick springfield. yeah. that's where i've hear the term "dead rock."

By spunky on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - 02:25 pm:

    Ummm David, that number now belongs to a very pissed off man in San Antonio........

By eri on Thursday, June 6, 2002 - 01:55 pm:

    The song was "867-5309". Get the numbers straight.

By JiZno on Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 11:03 am:

    80's kicked ass

By Kerry on Thursday, January 8, 2004 - 06:04 pm:

    i may have only been alive for 2 of the 80's years, but i am still livin in the 80's. "867-5309" is my absolute favorite song. i definetly agree with JiZno...the 80's kicked ass.

By but Im a Cheerleader on Friday, January 9, 2004 - 02:17 pm:

    Look at me! I'm fifteen! The eighties kicked ass! Whoo!

By Python on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 11:08 am:

    A quick search on Kazaa for the 2 numbers proves that there are 2 songs, 867-5309 and 634-5789.

By Greyarea on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 08:12 am:

    Call it now.It got owned for being on Default.But you all know that now.

By Jon on Monday, November 8, 2004 - 11:11 am:

    212-867-5309 (NYC) was sold on eBay for thousands. They had a story on the news about it maybe 6 months ago, and talked about some of the other cities around the country and who had that number in their area code.

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