Song of the Day #2,491: ‘Call Me (Live)’ – Blondie

american_gigoloThis list of Oscar snubs contains two kinds of songs — those that are paired, memorably and forever, with the films in which they appear; and those that have been so big for so long that I didn’t even know they originally showed up in a movie.

Today’s Song of the Day is an example of the latter.

#8 – Songs Snubbed by Oscar
‘Call Me’ – American Gigolo

I’ve long loved Blondie’s 1980 classic, ‘Call Me,’ but I had no idea it was the opening theme of Richard Gere’s American Gigolo. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen American Gigolo, so that might have something to do with it.

At the Academy Awards that year, ‘Call Me’ was shut out by some stiff competition: ‘Fame’ from Fame; ‘9 to 5’ from 9 to 5; ‘On the Road Again’ from Honeysuckle Rose; ‘Out Here On My Own’ from Fame; and ‘People Alone’ from The Competition.

And the winner was… ‘Fame’ from Fame.

I would have bounced ‘People Alone’ in favor of Blondie, but given the official nominees, I would have given the award to Willie Nelson for ‘On the Road Again.’

Here’s ‘Call Me’ as used in the film, but I’ve featured it on the blog before so my official SOTD clip is the live version down below.

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 coming from.
Call me (call me) on the line.
Call me, call me any anytime.
Call me(call me)I’ll arrive.
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)I’ll arrive.
When you’re ready we can share the wine.
Call me.

Ooh, he speaks the languages of love.
Ooh, amore, chiama mi (chiama mi).
Ooh, appelle-moi, mon cheri (appelle-moi).
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, anyway!
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any day!

Call me (call me) in my life.
Call me, call me any anytime.
Call me (call me) au revoir.
Call me, call me for some overtime.
Call me (call me) in my life.
Call me, call me any sweet desire.
Call me, call me for your lover’s lover’s alibi.
Call me (call me) inner line.
Call me, call me any anytime.
Call me.
Oh, call me, ooh ooh ah.
Call me in my life.
Call me, call me any anytime

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,491: ‘Call Me (Live)’ – Blondie

  1. Dana says:

    I had no idea “On the Road Again” was from a movie, but I’m fine with “Fame” winning. I also didn’t recall “Call Me” coming from American Gigalo. The song probably should have been nominated, but, as you said, it was a stronger field that year.

  2. pegclifton says:

    I do remember “Call Me” and totally relate it to the beginning of American Gigolo. Thought it was perfect and should have been nominated.

  3. Amy says:

    Yes, “Call Me” deserved a nomination; what a perfect chorus for American Gigolo! 🙂

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