Monday, February 24, 2020

Blondie breaks out the biggest hit of 1980

Blondie : Call Me

On February 24, 1980, the same day Blondie's "Atomic" topped the UK charts, a new single was racing up the American charts. Produced and co-written by Italian musician Giorgio Moroder, "Call Me" would top the American charts for six straight weeks and finish the year as the biggest hit of 1980. 

Moroder already had the music.  When he couldn't get Stevie Nicks to help him with the song he turned to Blondie's Deborah Harry. She wrote the lyrics after watching the film. Imagining the opening sequence in which Richard Gere is racing down a coastal highway in a convertible Mercedes, she wrote "Colour me your colour, baby/ Colour me your car." 

Which goes to show lyrics don't need to make immediate sense to be successful.

Here's an isolated Deborah Harry vocal. Proof the lady's got a stunning voice even when she sounds tired. 

I bought the American Gigolo soundtrack for reasons I can't remember. But my favorite track is "Night Drive". Pure Moroder genius.

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