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Thursday, 11 February 2010

Blondie - Call Me

'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 the UK (where it became their fourth no.1 hit).

The song was the main theme of the film American Gigolo. European disco producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks and 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. 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: 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.

The single was released in the United States in February 1980. It peaked at number 1 for 6 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. According to Billboard magazine, the track was the best selling single of the year in 1980. 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 number 283 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

There were two videos made: One was compiled clips and video footage in New York and Manhattan 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 1980, 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.

Click the link below to download the following:
Original Video
2nd Video Version
Single Version
Spanish Version

Ben Liebrand Remix


Blondie - Call Me - Video

1 comment:

  1. Michael,

    Didn't know there were so many version of this song :) Much thanks!