First Hit #1: April 19, 1980
Blondie might have first hit the charts with straight up disco, but the band is new wave with an appreciation for disco, and Call Me is a much better representation of what they do best. It’s a driving song, something that is just battering and relentless in the arrangement, and which only gains a bit of levity through Harry’s slightly aloof vocal performance. I don’t mean that in a bad way, she soars above the song and provides a counterpoint to what the band itself is doing. As a result, it sits on the intersection between sex and danger, a song that balances Harry’s come ons in the lyrics with an arrangement that feel plain ominous and foreboding.