Call Me (Blondie song)

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"Call Me"
Single by Blondie
from the album American Gigolo
ReleasedFebruary 1, 1980
FormatVinyl 7" & 12" single
RecordedAugust 1979 in New York[1]
GenreRock, New Wave
Length3:32 (7" version)
8:04 (LP version)
LabelPolydor Records
Chrysalis Records
Salsoul Records
Writer(s)Debbie Harry, Giorgio Moroder
ProducerGiorgio Moroder
CertificationGold (US)
Silver (UK)
Blondie singles chronology
"The Hardest Part"
(1980)
Call Me
(1980)
"Atomic"
(1980)
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"Call Me"
Single by Blondie
from the album American Gigolo
ReleasedFebruary 1, 1980
FormatVinyl 7" & 12" single
RecordedAugust 1979 in New York[1]
GenreRock, New Wave
Length3:32 (7" version)
8:04 (LP version)
LabelPolydor Records
Chrysalis Records
Salsoul Records
Writer(s)Debbie Harry, Giorgio Moroder
ProducerGiorgio Moroder
CertificationGold (US)
Silver (UK)
Blondie singles chronology
"The Hardest Part"
(1980)
Call Me
(1980)
"Atomic"
(1980)
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"Call Me" is a song by the American New Wave band Blondie. Released in 1980, "Call Me" topped the singles charts in both the US (where it became the band's biggest selling single and second #1[1]) and the UK (where it became their fourth no.1 hit). It was Billboard's #1 hit of the year for 1980.

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Song and single information

The song was the main theme song of the film American Gigolo. European disco producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac to help compose and perform a song for the soundtrack, but she declined (as a recently signed contract with Modern Records prevented her from working with Moroder). It was at this time that Moroder turned to Debbie Harry and Blondie. Moroder presented Harry with a rough instrumental track called "Man Machine." Harry was asked to write the lyrics and melody, a process that Harry states took only a few hours.[2] Harry stated that the song is about driving, and that "When I was writing it, I pictured the opening scene, driving on the coast of California."[3] The completed song was then recorded by the band, with Moroder producing. The bridge of the original English language version also includes Harry singing "Call Me" in Italian ("Amore, chiamami") and French ("Appelle-moi, mon cheri").

In the US the song was released by three different record companies: the longest version (at 8:06) on the soundtrack album by Polydor, the 7" and 12" on Blondie's label Chrysalis, and a Spanish language 12" version, with lyrics by Buddy and Mary McCluskey, on disco label Salsoul Records. The Spanish version, titled "Llámame", was meant for release in Mexico and some South American countries. This version was also released in the US and the UK and had its CD debut on Chrysalis/EMI's rarities compilation Blonde and Beyond (1993). In 1988, a remixed version by Ben Liebrand taken from the Blondie remix album Once More into the Bleach was issued as a single in the UK. In 2001 the "original long version" appeared as a bonus track on the Autoamerican album re-issue.

Popularity and acclaim

The single was released in the United States in February 1980. It peaked at #1 for 6 consecutive weeks, and was certified Gold (for one million copies sold) by the RIAA. It also spent four weeks at number two on the U.S. dance chart. The single was also #1 on Billboard magazine's 1980 year-end chart. It was released in the UK two months later, where it became Blondie's fourth UK no.1 single in little over a year. The song was also played on a British Telecom advert from the 1980s. Twenty-five years after its original release, "Call Me" was ranked at #283 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1981, the song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song lists at #44 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[4]

Music video

There were two videos made:

Release history

All tracks written by Deborah Harry and Giorgio Moroder.

US, UK 7" (CHS 2414)
  1. "Call Me (Theme from American Gigolo)" (7" edit) – 3:32
  2. "Call Me" (7" instrumental) – 3:27
UK 12" (CHS 12 2414)
  1. "Call Me" (7" edit) – 3:32
  2. "Call Me" (Spanish version - 7" edit) – 3:32
  3. "Call Me" (7" instrumental) - 3:27
US 12" (Polydor PRO 124)
  1. "Call Me" (Theme from American Gigolo) – 8:04
  2. "Call Me" (12" instrumental) – 6:10
US 12" (Salsoul SG 341) [promo only]
  1. "Call Me" (Spanish version, extended) – 6:23
  2. "Night Drive" (Reprise) - by Giorgio Morodor – 6:10

Film

An instrumental version of the song appeared in the 1981 film First Monday in October.

The song appeared in TV series Quantum Leap, episode Another Mother (credits)

The song appeared in 1998 film Bride of Chucky

The song appeared in 1999 comedy film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

The song appeared in 2005 film The Business (credits)

Chart peaks

Chart (1980)Peak
position
US1
Canada1
UK1
Australia2
Ireland2
Norway2
Sweden3
Switzerland3
Austria5
New Zealand6
Netherlands9
Germany14

End-of-decade charts

End of decade (1980–1989)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1008

Track listing

  1. "Call me (Blondie cover)" - 3:18
  2. "A dying star" - 4:36
  3. "Sailing away" - 4:00

Chipmunks version

"Call Me"
Single by The Chipmunks
from the album Chipmunk Punk
ReleasedAugust 1980
FormatVinyl
RecordedSeptember 1979
Length3:11 (LP/radio version)
3:49 (12" version)
LabelExcelsior Records
Writer(s)Debbie Harry
Giorgio Moroder
The Chipmunks singles chronology
"My Sharona"
(1980)
Call Me
(1980)
"On the Road Again"
(1981)

In 1980, KMET DJ Chuck Taylor played the 12" version of this single at double speed and announced, in jest, that it was The Chipmunks' latest single. So many requests came for this "new" Chipmunks release, that Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and his collaborator Steve Vining rushed to record what would be the Chipmunks' "comeback album", Chipmunk Punk in 1980.

Other cover versions

Live cover performances

Preceded by
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" by Pink Floyd
US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
April 19, 1980 - May 24, 1980
Succeeded by
"Funkytown" by Lipps Inc
Preceded by
"Working My Way Back to You" by The Detroit Spinners
UK number one single
26 April 1980
Succeeded by
"Geno" by Dexys Midnight Runners
Preceded by
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" by Pink Floyd
(first run)
"Rock Lobster" by The B-52's (second run)
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
May 3, 1980 – May 17, 1980 (three weeks)
May 31, 1980 - June 14, 1980 (re-entry, three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rock Lobster" by The B-52's (first run)
Cars by Gary Numan (second run)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Che, Cathy (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.65
  2. ^ 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s, Episode 2, VH1
  3. ^ Warren, Tamara (July 9, 2012). "Mustang Debbie: Blondie's Legendary Lead Singer Confesses a Love of Cars". Autoweek 62 (14): 42–44. ISSN 0192-9674.
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-50.shtml. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  5. ^ "Heroes". Warchild.org. http://www.warchild.org/news/Heroes/heroes.html. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  6. ^ "No doubt, Garbage, The distillers-Call Me live Blondie Cover". YouTube. 2007-11-10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCKZ7HDcRWE. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  7. ^ Moss, Corey (2002-08-16). "No Doubt, Garbage, Distillers Tour Starts In October - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1457063/no-doubt-take-out-garbage.jhtml. Retrieved 2012-01-05.