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Sugarloaf - Don't Call Us, We'll Call You (1975)

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  • Sugarloaf - Don't Call Us, We'll Call You (1975)

    I've grown bored with most 80s music so I started listening to the 70s music channel. Here are some 70s songs that I have discovered.

    Peaked at #9 on the Hot 100 in early 1975

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    "The song is a rather cynical view of the music industry, based on the band's real-life experience with CBS Records. It describes the difficulty of breaking into the business and securing a contract from the record company, who claims that the band is good, but too derivative of other popular bands at the time. When the band finally breaks through with a hit ("Green-Eyed Lady") and completes a successful tour, the record company changes course and wants to offer the band their services, only to receive the same line they gave the band before their hitó"don't call us, we'll call you." The references are a practical joke at the expense of CBS Records, which had just turned them down for a recording contract. The song includes the sound of a touch-tone telephone number being dialed near the beginning and ending of the song. Those numbers were an unlisted phone number at CBS Records in Manhattan ("area code 212" stated in the song), and the number of the White House switchboard (in the similar-sounding area code 202)."


    A Long distance directory assistance, area code 212
    Say hey, A and R this is mister rhythm and blues
    He said hello, and put me on hold
    To say the least the cat was cold
    He said, don't call us child we'll call you

    I said, you got my number
    He said yeah, I got it when you walked in the door
    Don't call us, we'll call you
    Don't call us, we'll call you

    I got your name from a friend of a friend
    who said he used to work with you
    Remember the all night creature from stereo ninety two
    Yeah I said could you relate to our quarter track tape
    You know the band performs in the nude
    He said uh huh don't call us child we'll call you

    Listen kid you paid for the call
    You ain't bad but we've heard it all before
    And it sounds like John, Paul and George

    Any way, we cut a hit and we toured a bit
    with a song he said he couldn't use
    And now he calls and begs and crawls
    It's telephone deja vu

    We got percentage points and lousy joints
    And all the glitter we can use, Mama
    So, uh huh, don't call us now, we'll call you