Encore-"Don't Call Us. We'll Call You" by Sugarloaf
8/1/2012 6:00:00 AM
(Authors note: I've gone fishing today, so here's an encore blog about one of the tunes I'll be blasting in the boat)
What a departure from the ode to the “Green Eyed Lady”. After that hit, Sugarloaf had trouble scoring a huge follow-up. It seems that some of the band’s frustration is vented in this song. Perhaps too many times, from too many people in a position of power in the early ‘70s music world had given them the line, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”.
The song caught on, and soon kids were grounded for shouting out the song’s title when asked by Mom to come to dinner, take a bath or go to bed. I’m sure the line was known before the song was released, but afterward it was added to the language of business and dating.
The song was the topic of conversation for other reasons: Was that really Wolfman Jack who uttered, “On Stereo 92”! There was also the Beatles lick in the tune which started the rumor that the former Beatles sued and gained all royalties to the song (not true).
Oh, and there was the touch tone which some deciphered, called and turned out to be a private number at CBS records. This was before the advent of caller ID and one pranker reportedly would say, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You... over and over”!
Oh, and check out this old stop motion video for the song.