The Calling (Hilltop Hoods album)

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The Calling
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Studio album by Hilltop Hoods
Released 22 September 2003
Recorded 2001 - 2003 various studios Adelaide
Genre Australian hip hop
Length 53:06
Label Obese Records
Producer Hilltop Hoods
Hilltop Hoods chronology
Left Foot, Right Foot
(2001)Left Foot, Right Foot2001
The Calling
The Hard Road
(2006)The Hard Road2006
Singles from The Calling
  1. "Testimonial Year"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Dumb Enough"
    Released: 2004
  3. "The Nosebleed Section"
    Released: 2004
Reissue Cover
2009 reissue.
2009 reissue.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Calling is the third studio album by Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods and was released on 22 September 2003 through Obese Records.[2] The success of the album was significant in the Australian hip hop scene because it demonstrated popular recognition for a genre previously supported by a comparatively small, "underground" fan base.[3]


In an interview after the release of their fourth album, Suffa revealed that The Calling was recorded on his mother's computer and the simplicity of their 'studio' is the reason why some of the music on the album is in monaural ('mono') sound.[4]

Two songs from the album placed in the 2003 Triple J Hottest 100 chart: "The Nosebleed Section" was voted into ninth place, while "Dumb Enough" was voted into position 44. Both were released as singles in 2004, after the initial single, "Testimonial Year",[5] did not fulfil expectations sales-wise.

On 26 July 2006, Obese Records announced that the album became the first Australian hip hop release to achieve a platinum certification.[6][7] The album originally peaked at number 53 on the Australian Albums Chart in 2004 before re-entering the chart at number 50 in March 2012, following the release of the sixth Hilltop Hoods album, Drinking From the Sun.


The Calling Live DVD is available on the Hoods website and includes: Live footage, Film clips, Remixes, Interviews, Outtakes and Photo Gallery.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Incoming" (Interlude 1)   Suffa 0:16
2. "Testimonial Year" M. Lambert, D. Smith Suffa 3:39
3. "The Calling" M. Lambert, D. Smith Suffa 3:06
4. "Dumb Enough?" M. Lambert, D. Smith Suffa, DJ Debris 4:02
5. "Illusionary Lines" D. Smith Suffa 3:08
6. "Tomorrow Will Do" M. Lambert, D. Smith Suffa 3:13
7. "Laying Blame" M. Lambert, D. Smith DJ Debris 3:35
8. "Simmy and the Gravyspitter" (Interlude 2) (featuring Simplex) M. Lambert   0:55
9. "The Nosebleed Section" M. Lambert Suffa 3:39
10. "Down for the Cause" (featuring Hyjak and DJ Bonez) M. Lambert, J. McCarthy, D. Smith DJ Debris 3:59
11. "Mic Felon" D. Smith Suffa 2:51
12. "Walk On" (featuring DJ Next) M. Lambert, D. Smith Suffa 3:16
13. "The Certificate" (featuring Certified Wise) K. Adams, A. Baker, D. Evans, B. Francis, C. Green, M. Honson, B. Johncock, M. Lambert, M. Leslie, D. Rankine, A. Raymond, A. Simmons, D. Smith, K. Tinge, M. Veraguth & H. Watson Dazastah 6:26
14. "Hilltop Hoods" (Interlude 3)   Suffa 0:31
15. "Working the Mic" M. Lambert, D. Smith Suffa 3:22
16. "Outgoing" (Interlude 4)   Suffa 1:54
17. "The Sentinel" M. Lambert, D. Smith Suffa 5:14


  • The CD hidden track is playable if the album is rewound while playing Track 1
  • The vinyl edition released on Obese Records in 2003 has a different tracklist to other editions. It features an exclusive track "All on Me" at track 13 and excludes the final track "The Sentinel". It also moves "The Certificate" to track 17.


Chart Peak Position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[13] 50


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Calling (Hilltop Hoods): music4me: - The World's Entertainment Superstore". 3 October 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hilltop Hoods 'The Calling' Album Interview" (Video upload). delta769er on YouTube. Google Inc. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - Calling CD Album Australia". Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ obese records (26 July 2006). "Subject: The Calling - goes PLATINUM!!" (Message board post). The XMB Group. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Obese Records (5 August 2006). "HILLTOP HOODS 'THE CALLING' GOES PLATINUM". Spraci. Spraci. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - The Calling Live | Music , Music Genres, Urban Grooves : JB HI-FI". Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - The Calling". Discogs. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - The Calling". Discogs. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - The Calling". Discogs. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - The Calling". Discogs. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  13. ^ [1] ARIA Report 1145. Retrieved 25 March 2012