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wonders never cease Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10th, 2010 play list of the week: call me!

[caption id="attachment_3400" align="alignleft" width="305" caption="click to listen"]telephone[/caption]Welcome, dear readers, to the "I learn something new every day" portion of our blog: on this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first-ever telephone call! His conversation? "Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you." Short and sweet, and honestly, much less inane than most modern telephone calls (or texts! AGB must be absolutely SPINNING in his grave!). With that, an ode to our favorite gadget (and a secret wish to revert back to using rotary telephones or direct operators. Ever-so-charming and Turner-Classic-Movies-ish...): 1. "How Come You Don't Call Me" - Alicia Keys Here is Keys's take on Prince's classic, "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?," released on her debut album. Unlike your typical cover, Keys doesn't destroy the original with bass-synth-choir-total-change-in-melody-what-have-you; rather, she sticks to Prince's ideal of one voice, one piano. 2. "Call Me" - Blondie #283 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list and the theme song of American Gigolo. And to think: the film's soundtrack producer originally approached Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. But where would we be without this New Wave classic? 3. "867-5309/Jenny" - Tommy Tutone Sorry. Now this will be stuck in your head FOREVER. Though this is a terribly fitting track... 4. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" - Steely Dan Also known as, "Hopelessly Smitten and Writing a Whole Song About a Future Where You Change Your Mind and Call Me." Aww, Steely Dan...they know just how to make us yearn for those who've moved away. Thanks. 5. "Pennsylvania 6-5000" - Glenn Miller Orchestra Very few lyrics to negotiate, here (the title says it all), but who doesn't love a song that features shouting band-members? (This tune might have been the inspiration behind the punk movement, actually...) 6. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder Another soundtrack hit, here, from 1984's The Woman in Red. The fact that it was so sappily '80s (think: SYNTHESIZERS) didn't make it a hit with critics, but the public thought differently. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It won an Oscar that same year. 7. "Vibrate" - Rufus Wainwright "So call me./Call me the morning, call me in the night./So call me./Call me anytime you like./My phone's on vibrate for you." We're not sure that Alexander Graham Bell could have anticipated how thoroughly the telephone has infiltrated modern dating. 8. "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" - Wilson Pickett "If you need a little huggin', call on me./That's all you got to do now./If you want some kissin', call on me baby, all right./No more lonely nights will you be alone." [Refer to song #7. Sheesh. TURN OFF YOUR PHONE and read a book or something, guys.] 9. "New York Telephone Conversation" - Lou Reed A tongue-in-cheek ditty about the gossipy-nature of a "New York Telephone Conversation." It could be retitled so many ways and yet still ring true, 38 years after its release. 10. "Call Me On Your Way Back Home" - Ryan Adams Another song about I miss you and I'll die without you and call-me-I-love-you-etc., but Adams's undeniable knack for melody and lyric makes this one special. 11. "Long Distance Call" - Muddy Waters A classic from a music legend--just LISTEN to that guitar (seriously. and then go back and listen again). Such a sweet beginning ("When I hear your voice, ease my worried mind") with a literal kicker for an ending ("When I picked up my receiver, the party said another mule kickin' in your stall"). Ah, the blues.
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