Call on Me (Eric Prydz song)

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"Call on Me"
Eric Prydz - Call on Me.png
Single cover
Single by Eric Prydz
Released13 September 2004 (2004-09-13)
Length2:51
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz singles chronology
"In and Out"
(2004)
"Call on Me"
(2004)
"Woz Not Woz"
(2005)
Music video
"Call on Me" on YouTube

"Call on Me" is a song co-written and produced by Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz. The song is based on a sample of Steve Winwood's 1982 song "Valerie" from the album Talking Back to the Night. "Call on Me" received significant sales success and topped several record charts. The song is known for its music video, which features several women and a man performing aerobics in a sexually suggestive manner.

Background[edit]

"Call on Me" prominently features a sample of English singer-songwriter Steve Winwood's 1982 song "Valerie" from his album Talking Back to the Night. French duo Together, consisting of Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter and producer DJ Falcon, had previously sampled "Valerie" to make a club-only track in 2002, though the two did not consider it worth an official release despite its popularity.[1]

Prydz later sampled "Valerie" in 2004 and presented his track to Winwood, who was so impressed with it that he re-recorded the original sampled vocals.[2][3] Winwood later recalled, "I quite liked it, I think he did a good job, I mean it's not exactly my cup of tea but, I liked what he did technically with it which is why I agreed to work with him on it a little bit".[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart during a time when the chart was experiencing low sales due to the CD single facing increasing competition from the digital download, which at the time was not an eligible format in the chart. Until January 2005, Eric Prydz held the record for selling the lowest number of singles for a number-one chart position in the United Kingdom in any particular week: "Call on Me" sold 23,519 copies when it returned to the top of the charts on 17 October 2004.[5] This record was broken once again by himself only a week later on 24 October 2004, with the single selling 21,749 copies that week. Nevertheless, it was the fourth-biggest-selling single of 2004 in the United Kingdom, selling 335,000 copies that year – including a DVD single with the uncut video – and staying five weeks at number-one on the UK Singles Chart, the longest run of any single that year.

The song entered the German Singles Chart at number one in early November 2004 and repeated this feat in Ireland. In Australia, "Call on Me" debuted and peaked at number two.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Call on Me", directed by Huse Monfaradi, features an aerobics class of women wearing 1980s styled aerobics outfits performing sexually suggestive gym routines. The class is led by Australian dancer and choreographer Deanne Berry, who is wearing a thong leotard – much to the enjoyment of the sole man in the group, played by Argentinian dancer/actor Juan Pablo Di Pace. The video was filmed at the Laban Dance Centre in Deptford, London, and imitates a scene from the 1985 film Perfect starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis.[6]

In late 2004, while being interviewed by Chris Evans for UK Radio Aid, a 12-hour fundraising broadcast for tsunami victims, the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair said: "The first time it came on, I nearly fell off my rowing machine."[7] Vice Media via their Thump website would go on to call the video the "Sexiest Music Video of All Time"[8] There are two versions—an edited one shown in daylight hours, and a late night version which is uncut and features the dancers rubbing their breasts and one dancer slapping her buttocks.

The video was the highest-downloaded music video of all time in Australia, downloaded over 35,000 times through 3 Mobile mobile phones with 3G technology in association with the Rage music television show. Ministry of Sound presented the 3 Mobile phone provider with the mobile equivalent of a gold record in April 2005.

Due to the popularity and high demand for the video, a feature-length aerobics DVD was later released, titled Pump It Up – The Ultimate Dance Workout, which featured the dancers from the "Call on Me" video performing aerobics routines to various popular dance music songs. On 8 January 2020, Ministry of Sound uploaded the DVD in its entirety to its YouTube channel.[9]

In 2006, as tribute to the "Call on Me" video, a sequel was created with the same principal dancers in "The Hughes Corporation" house remix of Irene Cara's 1983 "Flashdance... What a Feeling".[10][11] This video references the films Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever and Grease as evidenced by the featured dance, costumes and film posters in the video.

In subsidiary roles as aerobics class members, the video features British dancers Laura More, Franky Wedge, Laura Jayne Smith, Rosy Hawkins and Laura Bowley.[12]

The video ranked number 5 in NME's "50 Worst Music Videos Ever".[13]

In September 2014, eight Norwegian former and current cancer patients recreated the video[14] to support the Aktiv mot Kreft[15] foundation (Active Against Cancer, founded by Helle Aanesen and Grete Waitz) and promote physical training for cancer patients.

On 4 February 2020, the official Ministry of Sound YouTube channel uploaded an HD version of the "Late Night" video version.[16]

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[84] Platinum 70,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[85] Gold 45,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[86] Gold 200,000*
Sweden (GLF)[87] Gold 10,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[88] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[90] Platinum 843,000[89]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 13 September 2004 (2004-09-13)
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • DVD
Data [91]
Australia 18 October 2004 (2004-10-18) CD Ministry of Sound [92]
Russia 3 November 2004 (2004-11-03) Contemporary hit radio
  • Soyuz
  • Tantsevalny ray
[32]

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