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The Call Biography

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Birth Place: Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1980-2000
Genres: Rock, New Wave

The Call was a rock band from Santa Cruz, California that formed in 1980 and disbanded in 2000. The Call was formed by vocalist/guitarists Michael Been and Scott Musick, bassist Greg Freeman and guitarist Tom Ferrier. Been was an experienced musician, formerly a member of the Chicago outfit Aorta, and the band Lovecraft.

The band's self-titled debut album arrived in 1982. The Call followed up in 1983 with their second album, “Modern Romans,” which was notable for its political content. This was followed by “Scene Beyond Dreams.” 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.

The band's fourth studio album, “Reconciled” arrived in 1986 on Elektra Records after the band were without a recording contract for two years. The album went on to be the band's most commercially successful album to date. A number of guest musicians appeared on “Reconciled,” including Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr, Gabriel, Hudson and Hudson’s The Band bandmate, Robbie Robertson.

1989 saw the band land a national hit from their sixth studio album, “Let the Day Begin.” The title track peaked at #1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart. In 1990, a collaboration with U2's Bono on their album, “Red Moon” saw the band continue their successful streak.

In 1996, Warner Bros. Records. released “The Best of The Call,” which featured a selection of old favorites and few new songs. In 1997 their LP, “To Heaven and Back,” was released by Fingerprint Records, followed by a live album, “Live Under the Red Moon,” in 2000. The Call disbanded that same year.