Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You ~ Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf was a Denver, Colorado based rock and roll band in the 1970s featuring Jerry Corbetta.

The band was originally known as Chocolate Hair. They changed their name to Sugarloaf, named after a mountain outside of Boulder, when they received their first recording contract.

They are best known for two songs: “Green-Eyed Lady” in the autumn of 1970, and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” in 1975. Other songs were “Mother Nature’s Wine” (1971), “Tongue in Cheek” (1971), and “Stars In Our Eyes” (1976). In addition, “West of Tomorrow” and “Myra Myra” were not hit singles, but received modest airplay at the time of their release on album rock radio stations.

Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

The song “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” is notable because it contained a practical joke at the expense of CBS Records, which had just turned them down for a recording contract. The song includes the sound of a touch-tone telephone number being dialed near the beginning and ending of the song. Those numbers were an unlisted phone number at CBS Records and a public number at the White House respectively. In addition, the recording includes snippets of the guitar riff of The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and a line of dialogue from Wolfman Jack stating the call sign of a radio station.

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Long distance direct’ry assistance area code 212
Say hey A & R this is mister rhythm and blues
He said hello and put me on hold
To say the least the cat was cold
He said don’t call us child we’ll call you.

I said you got my number
He said yeah I got it when you walked in the door
Don’t call us, we’ll call you
Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

I got your name from a friend of a friend
who said he used to work with you
Remember the all night creature from stereo ninety two
Yeah I said could you relate to our quarter track tape
You know the band performs in the nude
He said uh huh don’t call us child we’ll call you.

Listen kid you paid for the call
You ain’t bad but we’ve heard it all before
Yeah it sounds like John, Paul and George

Any way we cut a hit and we toured a bit
with a song he said he couldn’t use.
And now he calls and begs and crawls
It’s telephone deja vu
We got percentage points and lousy joints
and all the glitter we can use
Mama so uh huh don’t call us, now we’ll call you.

Listen kid you paid for the call
You ain’t bad but I’ve heard it all before
Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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