Radio 51, side A, track 7: “Call Me” by Blondie, #83 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Blondie - Call meOh, Blondie, it’s weird how 1988 has become my delineation point when it comes to music.  It’s kind of like if I didn’t record it off the radio, if it didn’t make it onto one of my tapes, the song didn’t exist.  I know.  Messed up, right?  But that’s kind of how it was and KINDA how it still is.  I’m a bit self-centered that way.  Anyway, the reason I mention is that I’m trying to remember if this is the first time I’d ever heard “Call Me”, but that can’t be right.  Can it?  No.  Can’t be.  This song is awesome and was pretty ubiquitous by the time it made it to my ears.  I had to have heard it somewhere before the countdown.  Although my parents weren’t exactly big Blondie fans (I don’t think), and before I got my cherished stereo that made all this magic happen, I was stuck listening to their music.  Not that that was a bad thing.  It’s where I learned about the Beach Boys, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Eddie Rabbitt.  So I did all right musically before the radio came along.

Plus, my mom has a ton of brothers and sisters.  Eleven, in fact.  Which is kinda unfathomable to me still, even though I grew up around it.  But the youngest of the bunch was a senior in high school when I was in kindergarten, and she sometimes rode the school bus home with me if she was coming out to visit my mom.  And sometimes I’d be at my grandma’s house where my aunt was still living (still being in high school and all), and I remember she had posters up of the Bay City Rollers, and she watched American Bandstand and was into music and movies just like any high school girl.  So she HAD to have been listening to Blondie at some point when I was around.

I know, Blondie, this is fascinating, isn’t it?  Anyway, while it’s true that I’ll likely never remember where I was the very first time I heard this song, I know where I was the first time I heard it when it really mattered.  Sitting on my bedroom floor in front of my stereo on January 31, 1989, and likely nodding my head that I’d captured yet another awesome song on what was an awesome countdown.

“Call Me”

<awesome Blondie jam>

Color me your color, baby
Color me your car

Color me your color, darlin’
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, any time
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 alibiiii
Call me (call me) on the line, call me, call me any, any time
Call me (call me) oh my love, when you’re ready we can share the wine, call me

<awesome Blondie jam>

Ooo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, he speaks the languages of love

Ooo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, amore, chiamami

Chiamami

Ooo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, appelle-moi mon chéri
Appelle-moi

Any time, any place, anywhere, any way

Any time, any place, anywhere, any day, any way

<awesome Blondie jam>

Call me (call me) my love
Call me, call me any, any time
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, any time
Call me (call me)

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2 thoughts on “Radio 51, side A, track 7: “Call Me” by Blondie, #83 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. […] 7 years old, and I’m pretty sure I heard it fairly soon after it came out, because my aunt (who I’ve recently mentioned) listened to this one.  I feel like I remember she had a poster of you posing with some white […]

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  2. […] this was the only song I’d recorded by you as a kid, and when I wrote about it before I was trying to figure out when I first heard it.  I still don’t remember exactly, but I was just reminded that y’all performed this […]

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