With all the myriad forms of communication available to us these days—texting, social media, telepathic Morse code, all that good stuff—it’s remarkable that the #1 long-distance communication method discussed in popular music is still the telephone. Two of the top three songs in the country are phone-dominated at the moment, including the song that we just named our single of the half-year. Would “Follow me on Twitter maybe” have won our hearts in the same way? It’s probably for the best that we never have to find out.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “CALL ME MAYBE”
The best song of the year thusfar, and the best telephone-related song of the 21st century, buzzing with all the energy and excitement of seeing that name and number on the Caller ID that you’ve been dying to see for so long. Of course, there’s no telling that Carly Rae’s guy in question is actually going to call her, so maybe we’re due for a “Maybe I Wrote Down My Number Wrong (It’s 555-0641)” sequel number before year’s end. We hope the violin hook is still awesome.
KRAFTWERK, “THE TELEPHONE CALL”
Nobody sees the rhythmic possibilities in the everyday sound effects of life quite like Kraftwerk, so it’s no surprise that they created one of the better electro-funk dance songs of th e’80s out of a whole bunch of operator messages, ringing sounds, and the sound of rotary phones being dialed. The latter sound might not have much contemporary relevance, but man, you forget just what a cool sound those annoying fucking phones made.
TWEET, “CALL ME”
Tweet is better remembered today for her narcissistic stripping tale “Oops (Oh My),” but as great as that song is, follow-up effort “Call Me” was just as sexy and insidious. The bhangra-ish Timbaland-produced beat is perfectly slithery, and the Missy Elliott-co-written song is a glorious example of less-is-more R&B: “Call me / Baby / We can do / Something.” What else is there to say, really?
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, “TELEPHONE LINE”
“I’d tell you everything / If you’d pick up that telephone.” There were probably answering machines at the time of the song’s release in 1977, but ELO’s classic rock ballad “Telephone Line” understands the importance of actually hearing the voice on the other end, and the loneliness of getting nothing but a ringtone. (See also: Todd Rundgren’s “Hello, It’s Me.”) It’s a heartbreaking song, though children of the ’90s might not be able to listen to it without picturing Steve Buscemi in drag from Billy Madison.
ROBYN, “CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND”
In this one, Robyn cruelly uses the convenience and long-distance capabilities of the telephone to her own advantage. “Call your girlfriend,” she demands, not wanting to take the risk (or waste the time) of allowing the man she is claiming as her own to actually meet with his soon-to-be-ex to break up face-to-face. No doubt this is exactly what Alexander Graham Bell had in mind as the ultimate implementation of his invention. (That or The Village People’s “Sex Over the Phone.”)
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via Popdust http://popdust.com/2012/05/26/the-popdust-weekend-telephone-playlist-carly-rae-jepsen-maroon-5/