Blondie – Call Me

Blondie only had 10 songs in the top 100 but they made the best of it. Out of those 10 songs were four number one hits. This song was made for the American Gigolo movie.

Call Me was written for Stevie Nicks to sing, I just can’t see Stevie pulling this off with the force that Debbie did. This was the most successful of all Blondie singles in the US, where it was the best-selling single of 1980.

European disco producer Giorgio Moroder wrote this with Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, who became the first woman in British chart history to write three #1 hits. However, she wasn’t Moroder’s first choice. Moroder had originally wanted Stevie Nicks to provide vocals on the track but the Fleetwood Mac vocalist declined the offer. Debbie wrote most of the lyrics with Moroder.

Chris Stein, Blondie’s guitarist said that some of Moroder’s lyrics were sexually blatant and when Debbie started to rewrite it…she was much more subtle. The song was released on the American Gigolo soundtrack. In 2001 the song was included as a bonus track on the Autoamerican release.

Chris Stein: Debbie’s lyrics are much more subtle than the ones he wrote. His thing was very direct like saying I am a man and I go out and I f*** all the girls. Debbie’s lyrics are a lot more subtle and the movie in a way is not that blatant, it is sort of subtle.

From Songfacts

This song is about a prostitute. It was written for the film American Gigolo, where it plays in a scene where the lead character is “working.”

In 2002, The Box Tops recorded this for the compilation album When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You’d Hear. Cevin Soling, who was executive producer on the album, explains: “I got the Box Tops back together again, and that was a blast. That was so much fun working with the Box Tops. Especially with Alex Chilton there singing. I didn’t produce that. I was in the studio, but the producer on that one was a buy named Benji King, who was the keyboard player for the band Scandal. That studio experience was pretty funny, because he’s so full of energy. He’s always excited and always really into things. The Box Tops are each one degree more laid back to the next. Coming from the South, they’re all kind of very chill. Until you get to Alex Chilton, who’s practically catatonic. And so you have that contrast.” 

In 2009, Franz Ferdinand covered this song for the War Child Presents Heroes charity album.

This song was covered by the heavy metal band In This Moment on their 2008 album, The Dream.

Giorgio Moroder told Billboard magazine that his difficult experience of recording this song with Blondie taught him not to work with rock bands. “There were always fights,” he recalled. “I was supposed to do an album with them after that. We went to the studio, and the guitarist was fighting with the keyboard player. I called their manager and quit.”

Call Me

Color me your color, baby
Color me your car
Color me your color, darling
I know who you are
Come up off your color chart
I know where you’re comin’ from

Call me (call me) on the line
Call me, call me any, anytime
Call me (call me) my love
You can call me any day or night
Call me

Cover me with kisses, baby
Cover me with love
Roll me in designer sheets
I’ll never get enough
Emotions come, I don’t know why
Cover up love’s alibi

Call me (call me) on the line
Call me, call me any, anytime
Call me (call me) oh love
When you’re ready we can share the wine
Call me

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, he speaks the languages of love
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, amore, chiamami, chiamami
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, appelle-moi mon cherie, appelle-moi
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any way
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any day-ay

Call me (call me) my love
Call me, call me any, anytime
Call me (call me) for a ride
Call me, call me for some overtime
Call me (call me) my love
Call me, call me in a sweet design
Call me (call me), call me for your lover’s lover’s alibi
Call me (call me) on the line
Call me, call me any, anytime
Call me (call me)
Oh, call me, oh, oh, ah
Call me (call me) my love
Call me, call me any, anytime

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

8 thoughts on “Blondie – Call Me”

  1. They did make their hits count -Big on the charts. I have always had to shake me head as to why my favorite Blondie song- Dreaming wasn’t a bigger hit- maybe it was too rock and roll..

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  2. Great tune. Over-played on radio but still excellent, and at the time, the band really sounded revolutionary and exciting. Like you’ve said, even some of their lesser singles from that era were great: “Dreaming”, “Atomic”, “Union City Blue”… I’ve read Moroder and Harry absoltuely could not stand each other. But they made a great record!


  3. I’m a huge Blondie fan. I absolutely love them. Clem Burke is one of the best drummers ever. He is one of the only drummers to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as both a drummer and, of course, as a member of a band–in this case Blondie.

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    1. Yes I’ve always been a fan of him. I first heard about him when Keith Moon died and Clem destroyed his drum kit in tribute. He is a lot of fun to watch and of course listen to…

      I’ve been watching some old and new Blondie videos… he is just as good now as he was then.

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