Calling (Geri Halliwell song)

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"Calling"
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Single by Geri Halliwell
from the album Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
B-side
  • "Getting Better"
  • "Destiny"
Released26 November 2001
Format
Recorded2000
GenrePop
Length3:55 (Radio edit)
4:25 (Album version)
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Geri Halliwell singles chronology
"Scream If You Wanna Go Faster"
(2001)
"Calling"
(2001)
"Ride It"
(2004)
Music video
"Calling" on YouTube

"Calling" is a song by British singer-songwriter, Geri Halliwell. It was released as the third and final single from Halliwell's second album Scream if You Wanna Go Faster. Just like Halliwell's previous single, "Scream If You Wanna Go Faster", the success for the song was limited. In certain regions, the song was released in a French version, called "Au Nom De L'Amour". The song was praised for both lyrics and production. To promote the single, Halliwell performed the song on Top of the Pops, Top of the Pops Germany, CD:UK, Children in Need 2001, Blue Peter, This Morning and the Pepsi Chart.

Background[edit]

"Calling" was Halliwell's favourite song on Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. After she recorded a demo version of the song, she rushed over to singer and personal friend George Michael's house in London and played it to him. She commented that Michael would only offer praise if he really thought it was deserved. As he was "brutally honest" and it could be hard to take, she was so confident about this song that she was willing to risk it. When the song ended, he said, "You know what, Geri, that's very good". According to Halliwell, "from George Michael that means something. I really believed I had a winner".[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"Calling" charted at number seven on the UK Singles Chart when released on 26 November 2001 with 28,000 sales in its first week. Altogether, the single sold 70,515 copies and it became the 192nd best seller single of 2001 in the United Kingdom. The performance of the single did little to help the sales of Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, as it was quite poorly promoted. The poor chart position was reported to have upset Halliwell. "Calling" was Halliwell's favourite song on the album, and she thought it was a sure-fire number one hit single. Due to the underwhelming performance of the single, no further singles from Scream If You Wanna Go Faster were released, and Halliwell moved to Los Angeles, California for several months and took a break from the music industry.[2]

In most other European countries, its charting success was also rather limited, reaching only the top ten or top twenty in most countries and peaking at #37 in Ireland and at #48 in Germany.

Music video[edit]

The black and white music video was directed by Pierluca DeCario. It shows Geri, dressed with a black sweater and barefoot, singing the song while lying in a meadow and standing and walking in front of concrete walls.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Calling".

UK & Europe CD1 (Released 26 November 2001)

  1. "Calling" - 4:25
  2. "Getting Better" - 3:07
  3. "Destiny" - 4:29
  4. "Calling" (Enhanced Video) - 4:25

UK & Europe CD2 (Released 26 November 2001)

  1. "Calling" - 4:25
  2. "Calling" (WIP "Coeur De Lion" Edit) - 3:45
  3. "Calling" (Metro 7 Inch) - 3:43
  4. "Calling" (Mauve's Factor 25 Mix) - 3:55
  5. "Calling" (Mareeko Remix Edit) - 3:58

European 2-Track CD Single (Released 26 November 2001)

  1. "Calling" - 4:25
  2. "Getting Better" - 3:07

European 3-Track CD Single (Released November 26, 2001)

  1. "Calling" (Radio Edit) - 3:55
  2. "Calling" (WIP "Coeur De Lion" Edit) - 3:45
  3. "Calling" (Album Version) - 4:24

French CD Single (Released 13 November 2001)

  1. "Au Nom De L'Amour" - 4:21
  2. "Calling" - 4:25

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version
  • Radio Edit
  • French -Frenglish- version (Au Nom De L'Amour)
  • Stephen Lipson's Frenglish Mix
  • WIP "Coeur De Lion" Mix
  • WIP "Coeur De Lion" Edit - 3:45
  • Metro 7 Inch - 3:43
  • Metro Mix
  • Metro Frenglish Mix
  • Mauve Factor 25 Mix Edit - 3:55
  • Mauve Factor 25
  • Mauve Factor 25 Instrumental
  • Mareeko Remix Edit - 3:58
  • Mareeko Remix
  • Mareeko Instrumental Dub

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  • Halliwell, Geri (2003). Just for the Record. Ebury Publishing. ISBN 978-0091888046.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Halliwell 2003, p. 204
  2. ^ Halliwell 2003, p. 222
  3. ^ "Calling" Chart positions Archived January 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Au Nom De L'Amour" Charts Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  7. ^ Romanian Top 100 Archived July 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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