Blondie - Call Me - 1980

Introduction to "Call Me" by Blondie

Blondie's "Call Me", released in 1980, is an iconic track that stands as a testament to the evolution of music in the late 20th century. This song, blending elements of new wave and rock, showcases the distinctive style of Blondie, a band that played a significant role in the transition from the punk scene to more mainstream pop and new wave sounds.

Background of the Song

  1. The song was a result of a collaboration between Blondie's lead vocalist Debbie Harry and Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder.
  2. It was originally recorded as the theme for the film American Gigolo, which helped propel the song to immense popularity.
  3. "Call Me" topped the charts in several countries and became one of the band's most successful singles.

Musical Style and Influence

  1. The track is known for its energetic beat and catchy melody, characteristic of the new wave genre.
  2. Debbie Harry's unique vocal style and the song's blend of rock and disco elements reflect the eclectic nature of music in the 1980s.
  3. "Call Me" has influenced numerous artists and continues to be covered and sampled in modern music.

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Quiz: Questions on the song

Which film featured "Call Me" as its theme song? (American Gigolo) (!Saturday Night Fever) (!Flashdance) (!Pretty Woman)

Who collaborated with Debbie Harry to write "Call Me"? (Giorgio Moroder) (!David Bowie) (!Mick Jagger) (!Brian Eno)

What genre best describes "Call Me"? (New Wave) (!Disco) (!Punk Rock) (!Heavy Metal)

In which year was "Call Me" released? (1980) (!1978) (!1982) (!1985)

What was the primary influence behind the musical style of "Call Me"? (Rock and Disco) (!Funk and Soul) (!Jazz and Blues) (!Classical Music)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is the name of Blondie's lead vocalist? (Debbie Harry) (!Stevie Nicks) (!Patti Smith) (!Joan Jett)

In which city was Blondie formed? (New York City) (!Los Angeles) (!London) (!Berlin)

What genre is Blondie primarily associated with? (New Wave and Punk Rock) (!Heavy Metal) (!Pop) (!R&B)

Before becoming a musician, what was Debbie Harry's profession? (Waitress) (!Teacher) (!Journalist) (!Lawyer)

Which of the following songs is also a hit by Blondie? (Heart of Glass) (!Like a Virgin) (!Girls Just Want to Have Fun) (!Material Girl)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the opening line of "Call Me"? (Color me your color, baby) (!I hear the secrets that you keep) (!Every breath you take) (!Once upon a time)

What phrase does Debbie Harry repeat throughout the song? (Call me) (!Hold me) (!Love me) (!Touch me)

In the lyrics, what does the singer offer to the listener? (Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any day) (!A promise of a better tomorrow) (!A tale of love and loss) (!An escape from reality)

Which of the following lines is NOT in "Call Me"? (!Living in a material world) (Call me, on the line) (Cover me with kisses, baby) (Come up off your color chart)

The song's lyrics convey a sense of: (Independence and desire) (!Nostalgia and longing) (!Sadness and reflection) (!Happiness and contentment)


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic. Insert suitable texts using exactly the following format:

Debbie Harry Lead vocalist of Blondie
1980 Year "Call Me" was released
American Gigolo Film featuring "Call Me"
New Wave Primary genre of "Call Me"
Giorgio Moroder Collaborator in writing "Call Me"

Open Tasks


  1. Research Blondie's discography: Explore the albums and singles released by Blondie and create a timeline.
  2. Blondie's Musical Influences: Identify and write about the musical influences that shaped Blondie's style.


  1. Analyze "Call Me":: Listen to "Call Me" and analyze its musical elements, such as melody, harmony, and rhythm.
  2. Debbie Harry's Career: Research Debbie Harry's career outside of Blondie, including her solo projects and acting career.


  1. Create a Cover Version of "Call Me":: Record your own cover version of "Call Me", focusing on a different musical style.
  2. Blondie and Fashion: Investigate the role of fashion and style in Blondie's image and stage presence.

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Oral Exam

  1. Impact of "Call Me":: Discuss the impact of "Call Me" on the music scene in the 1980s and its lasting legacy in popular music.
  2. Blondie's Evolution:: Analyze the evolution of Blondie's music from their early punk roots to their later mainstream success.
  3. The Role of Music Videos:: Evaluate the role of music videos in promoting Blondie's music, focusing on "Call Me" and other hits.
  4. Gender Roles in Music:: Discuss how Debbie Harry challenged traditional gender roles in rock and pop music.
  5. The Influence of Disco:: Analyze how the disco movement influenced the music of Blondie, particularly in songs like "Call Me".

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