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“Call Me” by Blondie

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“Call Me” by Blondie


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    “Call Me” by Blondie is a New Wave rock song.

    Song Title: Call Me (official video)
    Artist: Blondie
    Album: American Gigolo (movie soundtrack)
    Genre: New Wave rock, rock, dance-rock
    Composer: Copyright © 1979 Debbie Harry, Giorgio Moroder
    Lead Vocals: Blondie (Deborah Harry)
    Guitar: Chris Stein
    Keyboards: Jimmy Destri
    Bass Guitar: Gary Valentine
    Drums: Clem Burke
    Producer: Giorgio Moroder
    Recorded: August 1979, New York
    Released: February 1, 1980
    Label: Polydor Records, Chrysalis Records, Salsoul Records
    Number of listens: 24905
    Current rank: 34 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 16 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “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, and the UK, where it became their fourth #1 hit. It was Billboard’s #1 hit of the year for 1980.

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. 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.” 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, my darling” in Italian (“Amore, chiamami”) and French (“Appelle-moi, mon chéri”).

    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.

Populatiry 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.

Music video

    There were two videos made:

    One was compiled clips and video footage in New York of Deborah Harry. The video can be found on the 1991 UK video compilation The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie.

    The other, which came out in 1981, was non-representational, not featuring any of the band. It depicted a New York taxi driver (who had in fact appeared in numerous other Blondie music videos) driving his Checker through Manhattan traffic. This version was part of the 1981 “Best Of Blondie” compilation video.

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    Jakov: Call Me is Nicholas’s favorite song.

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