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Subject: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/24/05 at 10:40 pm

No poll, just list 'em.  They can mention the telephone in the title or be about talking on the phone.  Only stipulation, the subject of the song must be phone-related, it can't be just a passing reference in the lyrics.  I'll just list a few so as not to hog all the titles

Blondie ~ Call Me
Go West ~ Call Me
Pete Shelley ~ Telephone Operator
Sheena Easton ~ Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)
Beastie Boys ~ Cookie Puss
Yazoo ~ Bad Connection

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: whistledog on 10/24/05 at 10:46 pm

Operator - Midnight Star
Hey Operator - Coney Hatch http://www.geocities.com/godeltsihw/canada.PNG
Loev on the Phone - Suzanne Fellini
Obscene Phone Caller - Rockwell
Mr. Telephone Man - New Edition
Call Me - Skyy
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Call Me - Dennis DeYoung
Dial My Heart - The Boys

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: RDee on 10/24/05 at 11:09 pm

Some of these might pre-date the '80's, but...
Telephone Line - ELO
Sylvia's Mother - Dr. Hook
Operator (that's not the way it feels) - Jim Croce
Don't Call Us We'll Call You - Sugarloaf
Talk Dirty To Me - Poison
and Aldo Nova's version of Coney Hatch's "Hey Operator"

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: whistledog on 10/24/05 at 11:13 pm


Some of these might pre-date the '80's, but...
Telephone Line - ELO
Sylvia's Mother - Dr. Hook
Operator (that's not the way it feels) - Jim Croce
Don't Call Us We'll Call You - Sugarloaf
Talk Dirty To Me - Poison
and Aldo Nova's version of Coney Hatch's "Hey Operator"


actually, all of those do except for Poison and Aldo Nova ;)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: FaultyDog on 10/24/05 at 11:41 pm

Tears on the telephone - Hot Chocolate

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/24/05 at 11:41 pm


Operator - Midnight Star
Hey Operator - Coney Hatch http://www.geocities.com/godeltsihw/canada.PNG
Loev on the Phone - Suzanne Fellini
Obscene Phone Caller - Rockwell
Mr. Telephone Man - New Edition
Call Me - Skyy
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Call Me - Dennis DeYoung
Dial My Heart - The Boys

There's a batch of good ones.  I thought of a few of those, but refrained.  Wait a minute, who's "Coney Hatch"?

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/24/05 at 11:49 pm

Blondie: Hanging on the Telephone (1978)
Love & Rockets: The Telephone is Empy
Laurie Anderson: Telephone Song
Kraftwerk ~ Telephone Call
Plus remixes
House Phone
Der Telefonanruf (German Version)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: FaultyDog on 10/25/05 at 12:05 am

The telephone always rings by Fun Boy Three

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Tanya1976 on 10/25/05 at 12:15 am


Operator - Midnight Star
Mr. Telephone Man - New Edition
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Dial My Heart - The Boys


OMG! I love these songs, especially NE and The Boys.

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: whistledog on 10/25/05 at 1:39 am


There's a batch of good ones.  I thought of a few of those, but refrained.  Wait a minute, who's "Coney Hatch"?


A "only in Canada" band from 1982.  Hey Operator was a well-known rock hit across Canada

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: robby76 on 10/25/05 at 4:56 am

"Private Number" The Jets

ps: I love Sheena's "Telefone"

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: karen on 10/25/05 at 6:57 am

Not sure if this was late sevenites or early eighties

Hello, This is Joanie (The Telephone Answer Machine Song) - Paul Evans

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: CatwomanofV on 10/25/05 at 1:28 pm

Telephone Man (can't remember who sang it and too lazy to look it up.) Goes something like:  "Hey baby, I'm your telephone man. Tell me where you want it and I put it where I can." Stupid song actually.

How about 867-5309-Tommy TuTone.




Cat

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/25/05 at 8:18 pm


A "only in Canada" band from 1982.  Hey Operator was a well-known rock hit across Canada

Oh, I thought he mystyped "Corey Hart"!  Speaking of Canadians...

Ray Parker, Jr: Ghostbusters

It's all about "Who you gonna call?"

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: karen on 10/26/05 at 4:04 am


Telephone Man (can't remember who sang it and too lazy to look it up.) Goes something like:  "Hey baby, I'm your telephone man. Tell me where you want it and I put it where I can." Stupid song actually.

How about 867-5309-Tommy TuTone.




Cat


"Singing hey lah le lah le, hey lah le lah le, hey lah le lah le, shakey boom shakey boom!"

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: whistledog on 10/28/05 at 9:51 am

What about "Come and Get Your Love" by Lime?  They talk about "Call me" and in the original 1982 version, you hear an actual phone ring as part of the chorus.  LOL

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Bobby on 10/28/05 at 9:56 am

Call me - Spagna

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: whistledog on 10/28/05 at 10:05 am

^ love that song 8)


Thought of a few more:

Calling America - Electric Light Orchestra (1986)
This is the World Calling - Bob Geldof (1986)
Tears on the Telephone - Hot Chocolate (1983)
When Will You Make My Telephone Ring - Deacon Blue (1988) 8)
The Telephone Always Rings - Fun Boy Three (1982)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: teakdude on 10/28/05 at 1:38 pm

Call Me Mister Telephone - Cheyne
Call Me - Skyy

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: cables on 10/28/05 at 2:13 pm

Possibly late 70s - Switchboard Susan by Nick Lowe.

A funny song (if you like double entendres, which I do). "When I'm with you girl I get an extension
And I don't mean Alexander Graham Bell's invention."

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 10/28/05 at 6:06 pm

867-5309(Jenny)-Tommy Tutone

I was gonna mention Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap( just ring 362-4360 I lead a life of crime)but the song is actually 70's(The album was finally released here in America in the early 80's though)

Steve Winwood's Valerie(Call on me) is another 'phone' song I think(?)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: whistledog on 11/01/05 at 11:40 pm

Breaking Up is Hard on You - American Comedy Network (US #70, 1984)

A parody of Neil Sedaka that talks about Phone companies and your phone calls breaking up because of large phone bills  ;D

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: vinyl lover on 11/02/05 at 10:47 pm

i know..i know.."smooth operator"  by sade

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: vinyl lover on 11/02/05 at 10:49 pm

"6060842" by the b52's

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: johnny5alive on 12/27/07 at 10:33 pm

8675309  by tommy tutone
vienna calling by  falco

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: dcs84 on 12/28/07 at 3:00 am

I always like coming in late on these threads with something heretofore unmentioned:

Telephone Mama - Gazebo

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Lazy Midas on 12/28/07 at 12:33 pm

"Taste So Good" - File 13.  Lot o' telephone conversation goin' on there. :D

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Henk on 12/28/07 at 1:11 pm

I like to come in late and respond to an earlier post that the original poster had long forgotten about...


Tears on the Telephone - Hot Chocolate (1983)
The Telephone Always Rings - Fun Boy Three (1982)


Actually, I had already mentioned the two. :P

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: kj on 12/31/07 at 4:33 pm

867-5309 - Tommy Tutone
"Jenny I got your number, I need to make you mine...."

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/31/07 at 4:37 pm


Breaking Up is Hard on You - American Comedy Network (US #70, 1984)

A parody of Neil Sedaka that talks about Phone companies and your phone calls breaking up because of large phone bills  ;D



I thought that I was the only one who remembers that song.


How about: Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft-The Carpenters



Cat

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: snozberries on 01/01/08 at 1:41 am

Major Tom was "Calling, calling home"


did anyone mention London Calling... have no idea what it is cuz I don't do music I just remember hearing the title at some point in my life and thought I'd add it so it'd look like I knew something... of course someone probably mentioned it already (I'm too lazy to look.... )

sorry I just finished my fourth Mountain Dew in an hour... acan you tell?  ;D

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Henk on 01/01/08 at 1:48 am


Major Tom was "Calling, calling home"


did anyone mention London Calling... have no idea what it is cuz I don't do music I just remember hearing the title at some point in my life and thought I'd add it so it'd look like I knew something... of course someone probably mentioned it already (I'm too lazy to look.... )

sorry I just finished my fourth Mountain Dew in an hour... acan you tell?  ;D


"London Calling" was an album by The Clash. It featured a song of the same title.
The album was released in December 1979 in UK, and in January 1980 in US. People might argue that this makes it a 1970s song, but I'm not in the mood to argue. ;)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: whistledog on 01/01/08 at 1:52 am


"London Calling" was an album by The Clash. It featured a song of the same title.
The album was released in December 1979 in UK, and in January 1980 in US. People might argue that this makes it a 1970s song, but I'm not in the mood to argue. ;)


The single peaked in the UK chart in December of 1979.  It's a 70s song :P

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Powerslave on 01/01/08 at 9:52 am

Mi-Sex from NZ had a minor hit in 84 with "Down the Line (Making Love Over the Telephone)"

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Henk on 01/01/08 at 10:05 am


The single peaked in the UK chart in December of 1979.  It's a 70s song :P


For me, the 1980s started in mid-1979. July 12, to be exact. :P

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Foo Bar on 01/01/08 at 11:46 pm


Telephone Man (can't remember who sang it and too lazy to look it up.) Goes something like:  "Hey baby, I'm your telephone man. Tell me where you want it and I put it where I can." Stupid song actually.


Meri Wilson, Telephone Man, Peter the Meter Reader, and if you look for it, you'll also be able to get her comeback track about the guy who comes to install her broadband Internet connection.


"Taste So Good" - File 13.  Lot o' telephone conversation goin' on there. :D


I'll be in my bunk. With Meri :)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s / Radio-related Songs

Written By: midnite on 01/10/08 at 9:11 pm

Ivana Spagna - Call Me (1987)  Italodisco at its finest.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqvkXngNk0k

Giuffria - Call To The Heart (1986).  Simply awesome!!!!  Not sure if he is calling on the phone or using telepathy. lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfY6s18Aj8s



How about radio-related songs?  Definitely an 80's theme.  There are lots of those...........
Taffy - I love my radio (Midnight Radio)
Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
Autograph - Turn Up The Radio
Ravyns - Raised On The Radio (Fast Times At Ridgemont High)


Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s / Radio-related Songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 01/10/08 at 11:02 pm


Ivana Spagna - Call Me (1987)  Italodisco at its finest.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqvkXngNk0k

Giuffria - Call To The Heart (1986).   Simply awesome!!!!  Not sure if he is calling on the phone or using telepathy. lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfY6s18Aj8s



How about radio-related songs?  Definitely an 80's theme.  There are lots of those...........
Taffy - I love my radio (Midnight Radio)
Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
Autograph - Turn Up The Radio
Ravyns - Raised On The Radio (Fast Times At Ridgemont High)




^ Deserves its own thread.

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Doc Brown on 01/12/08 at 5:40 pm


i know..i know.."  by sade

No you don't, No you don't... "smooth operator", if you listen to the lyrics, had nothing to do with phone calls. Sorry!
BTW Cat, "Mr. Telephone Man", however naive, was recorded by New Edition in 1984. This was before they all decided to eliminate Rock & Roll from their lives to make more room for sex and drugs. :P

Your Pal,
Doc

8)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: SpaceHog on 01/13/08 at 9:25 am

Operator-Midnight Starr

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: KKay on 01/13/08 at 9:27 am


"Singing hey lah le lah le, hey lah le lah le, hey lah le lah le, shakey boom shakey boom!"


it was meri wilson..i was just thinking of it!
it's stupid, but popular. aint that always the way!

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: K.M. Richards on 01/15/08 at 1:20 am


Major Tom was "Calling, calling home"


Ummm, no.

Coming home, not calling.

And my addition to the song list:

853-5937 -- Squeeze

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: KKay on 01/15/08 at 8:27 am


Ummm, no.

Coming home, not calling.




you sure? i always thought it was calling..  huh.

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: karen on 01/15/08 at 8:48 am


you sure? i always thought it was calling..  huh.


The song is called Major Tom (Coming Home) but for most of the song he sings calling home (at least according to the on-line I could find e.g. here)

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: Midas on 01/15/08 at 10:48 am

Some mo' dealing wif phones:

"777-9311" - The Time
"Request Line" - Rockmaster Scott & The Dynamic Three
"Beepers" - Sir Mix-A-Lot

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: snozberries on 01/15/08 at 1:07 pm


The song is called Major Tom (Coming Home) but for most of the song he sings calling home (at least according to the on-line I could find e.g. here)


yeah I know listening to the song I am certain he says "calling home" several times.

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: cables on 01/18/08 at 2:36 pm


Ummm, no.

Coming home, not calling.

And my addition to the song list:

853-5937 -- Squeeze


Well done, KM. How could I have forgotten that one? It's only just over a month since I saw Squeeze!

Because of that song it is no longer allowed for a song to contain a telephone number (in the USA at least) because so many Squeeze fans were pestering people who had that number. At least that's what it says in my book about Squeeze. Must dig it out and remind myself what it's called. I think it's Squeeze song by song.

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: blahblah on 03/30/09 at 11:14 am

We walk the same line - Everything but the girl
Average White Band – Person to person
England Dan and John Fogerty – Hello its been awhile
Glen Campbell – By the time you get to Phoenix
James Taylor – Fire and Rain
Harry Chapin – Cat’s in the Cradle

Subject: Re: Call me--Telephone-related songs of the 1980s

Written By: johnny5alive on 03/30/09 at 12:36 pm



No you don't, No you don't... "smooth operator", if you listen to the lyrics, had nothing to do with phone calls. Sorry!
BTW Cat, "Mr. Telephone Man", however naive, was recorded by New Edition in 1984. This was before they all decided to eliminate Rock & Roll from their lives to make more room for sex and drugs. :P

Your Pal,
Doc

8)


Meri Wilson (15 June 1949 - 28 December 2002) was an American popular music singer, specializing in double entendre novelty songs.

She was born in Nagoya, Japan, at a U.S. military base, but raised in Marietta, Georgia. Wilson later gained a Masters Degree in Musical Education at Georgia State University.

In the 1970s she moved to Dallas, Texas and worked as a singer and model. She achieved sudden fame in the summer of 1977 after she recorded a song titled "Telephone Man", which was filled with suggestive lyrics and her breathy squealing voice. The song became a surprise hit single,

           

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