Skip to comments.Justice Elena Kagan Adds to the Tommy Tutone Legend
Posted on 06/13/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan channeled 1980s MTV favorite Tommy Tutone in her majority decision on Thursday in a case about trucking. And if someone has the number she mentioned, it would be latest chapter of the Tutone legend.
The bands big hit was the video staple, the 1982 hit 867-5309/Jenny. In the second page of her opinion in the case of American Trucking Association v. City of Los Angeles, Kagan dropped the phone number into the courts reasoning in the case.
Kagan was describing cargo transportation requirements in Los Angeles.
The two directly at issue here compel the company to (1) affix a placard on each truck with a phone number for reporting environmental or safety concerns (Youve seen the type: How am I driving? 2138675309), she said.
Our friends at SCOTUSblog quickly picked up on the Tutone reference on their live blog.
If someone actually owns that phone number (the area code is in the Los Angeles area), it wont be the first time someone calls it looking for Jenny.
The urban myth website Snopes has a detailed history of people who inherited the 867-5309 phone number in different exchanges, and its not a pretty picture. Since the 1980s, people who were assigned the number in their area codes had more than a few calls and phone messages.
Back in 1982, People magazine profiled the people who were met with a new wave of phone calls when fans started dialing up their number.
Its no coincidence 867-5309 is no longer a working number in 97 of the 106 area code zones in the U.S. Though no lawsuits have come to court because of Tommy Tutones 867-5309/Jenny, many who once had that number seem to have at least considered dialing M for murder, the magazine said.
Other people have turned the annoyance of receiving the Tutone phone number into a profit-making-venture. Variations of the phone number have surfaced for sale on eBay, in connection with businesses linked to the phone number.
And it was the subject of litigation between two plumbing companies.
Gem Plumbing and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing had both used the number in advertising campaigns, and the issue was subject to patent litigation. (Currently, if you call the number, it goes to Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.)
a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/supreme-court-kagan-invokes-tommy-tutone-hit-867-175636027.html">Supreme Courts Kagan invokes Tommy Tutone hit 867-5309/Jenny(This version of the story has a quote from the band's management.
Just an FYI. If you are ever in a grocery store, and they have a customer rewards program that offers lower prices for members, they usually allow you to enter your phone number, use the local area code and “Jenny’s number”, and you will most likely get the discount.
Would be fun to pick a day and time and have everyone call it repeatedly to jag the NSA again.
Lots of top 40 songs about phones back in the 1970’s. You gotta be getting up there to remember “Echo Valley 2-6809”, maybe not so old to remember “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” (which is hands down the coolest video from the 1970’s on youtube). The touch tones in that one reached CBS Records as a vengeful practical joke.
Never would have thought Fred Flintstone would liked this kind of music.
He would be more of a fan of the Stones, of course.
Also, Squeeze had one in the late 80s.
That leading < is just so precious :)
“If the phone don’t ring you know its me” ~ The Bluesbusters
ELO’s ‘Telephone Line”
That’s brilliant ! I’m gonna try it.
“Ricky Don’t Lose That Number” isn’t about a phone number but the illegal kind one smokes.
Here in Indianapolis that number is a plumber.
They advertise like crazy:
Also “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” by The Beatles.
But that one didn’t have an actual phone number in it.
I don’t think that’s true, if you listen to the whole song. The chorus even says, “You don’t want to call nobody else.”
Blondie - “Call Me”