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There are three bands with the name The Call.

1. The Call were a San Francisco Bay Area-based rock band originally formed in Santa Cruz in 1980 by vocalist/guitarist Michael Been, Scott Musick, and Tom Ferrier. Despite support from such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Jim Kerr, the band never achieved the success they deserved.

The eponymous premiere album was recorded in England, and Michael Been later recalled that the band was in an exploratory phase at this point. Been noted in a 1988 interview, “The Call was a compassionate album, but it probably came out as anger.” Peter Gabriel liked the band so much that he asked them to open for him during his 1982 “Shock the Monkey” tour.

The next album, Modern Romans, was notable for its political content. Been later stated, “There was a great deal happening politically - Grenada, Lebanon, or the government saying the Russians are evil and the Russian government probably saying the same about us. That kind of thinking inspired me to write the last lines of ‘Walls Came Down’.”

This was followed by Scene Beyond Dreams. Been has referred to it as The Call’s “metaphysical” album. With a strong poetic sense to the lyrics and a change in instrumentation, the change in sound is notable. Garth Hudson of The Band played keyboards on these first three records.

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  • James_Hartley

    Nice find.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jonodude

    I want to see their first three albums on CD.

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • filR

    These are some really excellent tunes.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • GalaxyExpress99

    What a band! :) I first discovered them in East Berlin, while shopping for records at a vintage market. Was there dropping records into my hand one after the other, when I heard 'The Walls Came Down'. He didn't have to play very much. I was bloody fucking hooked! This young kid in a torn shirt was playing Modern Romans. His dad owned the store. I immediately snatched the opportunity and told him I was buying that too. My boyfriend was gutted as I'd beat him to it! Immensely wicked post-punk record.

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • epi_gee

    do not vote up the Black Metal band pic... the World doesn't need any more Black Metal bands. They can change thier name.. vote up the original Call pics :)

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
  • epi_gee

    LAME !! I came here to omment on how few listens the call has... UNREAL !!! 77,649 ... and 200 are mine. Is that accurate? I find it hard to believe with all the shit that has 2 millions plays on this site. THEN I find out that Michael Been has died as well. DOUBLE LAME !!! RIP. All the Black Metal fans that are coming into this page, do yourself a favor and listen to the original CALL ! they are fantastic. -E

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Enrique67

    Still missing Michael Been. One of the most underrated songwriters of his generation...so much passion, vision, and truth in his songs. You are still missed!

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • lotsajoy

    I found out about these guys after clicking on the tag called "Black Metal".

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • PEKADO

    RIP *******

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • paggenbach

    RIP Michael Been. What a way to go...

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • slov1

    nice memories from the eighties... RIP

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • jfon605

    RIP Michael Been. :(

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • stfuslifer

    One of the best is gone...RIP :'(

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Jyroflux

    Thanks for the great music Michael. RIP.

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Tru_dat

    RIP Michael Been...one of the 80s truly greats

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • juepucta

    RIP Michael Been...

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • radiohoofdnz

    Into the woods is the best album.

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • luckystoned

    luckystoned says: listen to the call :)

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Madr39

    I would try Into the Woods. I love that album.

    26 Oct 2009 Reply
  • angelus_04

    I'd say vote for the image for the 80s band The Call but it appears to be there already so no one has to do anything lol the right band is up there

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
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