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Call Me - 1981 Call Me

ALBUM: Call Me
SERIAL: PL 28482
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1992, RCA/BMG, 74321 11319 2


LINEUP: Daniel Kovac - vocals * Frank Ziener - guitar * Attila Teri - keyboards * Manfred Dietze - bass * Florian Ruppert - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Running Out Of Love * 02 Shiver In The Night * 03 22 Degrees Below * 04 Getting By * 05 Suburbia * 06 Nervous Energy * 07 Loneliness And The Modern Man * 08 Living On The Edge * 09 Working Wonders * 10 Screaming Silence

I get a real kick out of discovering a true AOR obscurity, and this time, it comes in the shape of Munich based band Call Me. This five-piece kicked around Bavaria between 1981 and 1983 and released two albums during that time. Call Me were led by Slovenian born vocalist Daniel Kovac, though he is ably supported by guitarist Frank Ziener and Hungarian born keyboardist Attila Teri. Call Me's music lands in a similar environment to fellow Germans Lake and Scaramouche, but they are better suited to the Canadian style, such is the comparison. Most of these songs are amazing, why haven't we heard about this band earlier?

The Songs
'Running Out Of Love' has an interesting distorted synth in the underbelly of the verses, while a lovely guitar melody rambles through the chorus. 'Shiver In The Night' features a tougher sound, like early Survivor, while Atilla Teri's keyboards work the magic on '22 Degrees Below'. Gotta love this band, and we're only three songs in! 'Getting By' is Call Me's first ballad, and I'll admit it sounds a bit laboured. Things improve for the dark and edgy 'Suburbia', Teri's electric piano takes center-stage here, while 'Nervous Energy' is a hybrid of early 80's power pop and AOR that should appeal to many of the readers at GDM. 'Loneliness And The Modern Man' knocks at the door of Donnie Iris. Very quirky in sound and style, even the song-title should be a dead giveaway! By contrast, 'Living On The Edge' sounds positively bubbly and bristling with happy energy. 'Working Wonders' I've since found out seems to be one of the more popular songs from the album, there are a couple of You Tube clips of this one. 'Screaming Silence' is the second ballad, an acoustic guitar and piano laden piece and finishes the album on a restrained note.

In Summary
Of Call Me's two albums this is supposed to be the better one. Their second release; 1983's 'Vorubergehend Nicht Erreichbar' ('Temporarily Not Available') was sung entirely in German, but I haven't heard that one yet. Some of Call Me's tracks have appeared on the Munich's Greatest Hits compilations. Daniel Kovacs and Frank Ziener still play music part-time in the Daniel Kovac Band, though the music is not in the style of Call Me. This LP should be investigated if you are into early 80's German pop rock/AOR.

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#1 | super80boy on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Really glad they decided to sing in English for the better of their two albums
#2 | gdazegod on May 02 2014 10:02:15
Call Me (Germany) - 1981 Running Out Of Love

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#3 | Emda on May 07 2014 11:09:43
On their second release is a song called "Ohne Mich" it's a cover of Harlequin's "Innocence" sung in german.
Another track is "Mit Der Zeit" a huge hit in the Munich City Nights days....
#4 | gdazegod on May 11 2014 13:07:45
I think the other band mentioned in this article: Scaramouche, will also be a contender for a review very soon.
#5 | swazi on May 16 2014 22:04:02
Both CALL ME releases are available in CD format on the RCA/BMG label. The 'S/T' (SN: 74321 11319 2) in 1992 and 'VNE' (SN: 74321 12227 2) in 1992 as well.
#6 | gdazegod on May 17 2014 00:26:33
Thanks for those details Bernd. Thumbs Up
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