Music Monday: Call Me

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! So here's a funny story: last week Scott had already pre-planned a Music Monday all about phone call songs, and only then did he discover that April 3rd was the 40th anniversary of the cell phone! Nice coincidence, right? So please consider this mix a tribute to the device that changed the world. We'll hand you the receiver and let you hear this first song…

Go West - Call Me

 

That bright burst at the beginning is a perfect start to a song about a telephone, right? And Go West was never going to be a game changer, especially not with that seizure dance goin' on, but wasn't this was the perfect song for zipping around Vice City? It's meaningless metaphor-filled synth pop with a simple message. I wish you were here, give me a call.

If you can't find your way inside, give us a call and we'll help you out. See you after the jump?

As always, remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Foolish Songs and you'd be a fool to miss it! But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday, right now.

The Style Council - (When You) Call Me

 

Hey, sometimes distance isn't accidental. This sweet song is less picking up the phone and more hanging up for the last time. But goodbye isn't always farewell, is it? And if that other person messes things up… well, someone else is just a phone call away.

Astrud Gilberto - Call Me

 

This one's been covered by others over the years, but I kinda like the mix of accent and organ on Astrud Gilberto's version. Also it works well with Paul Weller's song above. Maybe these two kids just need each other.

Al Green - Call Me (Come Back Home)

 

Al wants you back. Al thinks all that foolishness is water under the bridge. Yes, it wasn't his fault, but he's gonna overlook all that because he loves you. And you're not going to say no, because who can say no to Al Green? Seriously, call him. And beg him to take you back.

The Dahlmanns - Ring, Ring

 

I originally wanted to end with Blondie to keep the naming theme (surely you noticed) but two things got in the way. One is that I wanted to show that you guys can post any phone-related song in the comments below, and the other is that I am so in love with this ABBA cover, I couldn't bear to leave it out! This not-available-in-stores song was one of radio station WFMU's prizes, and one could only get it by making a donation. Speaking as someone who owns it, it was well worth the call.

Dial up your favorite phone song and throw it in the comments below! Then hit up our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.