Call Me (Blondie song)

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"Call Me"
Blondie - Call Me.png
Single by Blondie
from the album American Gigolo
B-side "Call Me" (instrumental) (U.S.)
Released February 1, 1980
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded August 1979 in New York[1]
Genre
Length
  • 3:32 (radio edit)
  • 8:05 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Blondie singles chronology
"The Hardest Part"
(1980)
"Call Me"
(1980)
"Atomic"
(1980)
"The Hardest Part"
(1980)
Call Me
(1980)
"Atomic"
(1980)
Audio sample
Alternative cover
German edition
German edition

"Call Me" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie and the theme to the 1980 film American Gigolo. Released in the US in early 1980 as a single, "Call Me" was number one for six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it became the band's biggest single and second #1.[1] It also hit #1 in the UK and Canada, where it became their fourth and second chart-topper respectively. In the year-end charts of 1980 it was Billboard's #1 hit, and according to Billboard magazine, was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980 and RPM's #3.[4][5]

Song and single information[edit]

"Call Me" was the main theme song of the 1980 film American Gigolo. The lyrics were written from the perspective of the main character in the film, a male prostitute.[6] Italian 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.[7] 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."[8] 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") (Love, call me) and in French ("Appelle-moi, mon chéri") (Call me, darling).

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 the 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.

Harry recorded an abbreviated version of the song, backed by the Muppet Band, for her guest appearance on The Muppet Show in August 1980. It was first broadcast in January 1981.

Popularity and acclaim[edit]

The single was released in the United States in February 1980. It peaked at No. 1 and remained there for six consecutive weeks until it was knocked off by Lipps, Inc.'s worldwide smash hit "Funkytown" and was certified Gold (for one million copies sold) by the RIAA. It also spent four weeks at No. 2 on the US dance chart. The single was also No. 1 on Billboard magazine's 1980 year-end chart. The song lists at No. 44 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[9] 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 in the 1980s. 25 years after its original release, "Call Me" was ranked at No. 283 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1981, The Village Voice ranked "Call Me" as the third-best song of the year 1980 on their annual year-end critics' poll, Pazz & Jop.[10]

In 1981, the song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Music video[edit]

There were two videos made:

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

1980 Release[edit]

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 Moroder — 6:10

1989 Release[edit]

UK 7" (CHS 3342-1)
  1. "Call Me" (Ben Liebrand Remix) — 7:09
  2. "Call Me" (Original Version) — 3:31
UK 12" (CHS 12 3342)
  1. "Call Me" (Ben Liebrand Remix) — 7:09
  2. "Backfired" (Bruce Forrest And Frank Heller Remix) — 6:03
  3. "Call Me" (Original Version) — 3:31
UK CD (CHSCD 3342)
  1. "Call Me" (Ben Liebrand Remix) — 7:09
  2. "Backfired" (Bruce Forrest And Frank Heller Remix) — 6:03
    • Performed by Debbie Harry
  3. "Call Me" (Original Version) — 3:31
  4. "Hanging on the Telephone" — 2:23

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" by Pink Floyd
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 19 – 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
"Rock Lobster" by The B-52's
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
May 3–17, 1980
May 31 – June 14, 1980
Succeeded by
"Rock Lobster" by The B-52's
"Cars" by Gary Numan