Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You by Sugarloaf (Claridge, 1975)

Sugarloaf was a Colorado quintet which scored a Top 10 in 1970 called Green-Eyed Lady. By 1973 they had released their 3rd and last LP, I Got A Song and most thought that the ‘Loaf was just another one-hit-wonder band. But, in a surprise to everyone, including themselves, they pinched a 45 onto the charts in 1975 which crawled all the way to #9. It was the ultimate diss to a flippant record company with organist Jerry Corbetta and the guys having the last laugh.

Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You was a popular industry catchphrase (replaced only by Love ya. Mean it!) passive-agressively repeated by morons too ‘busy’ to look for and find new talent. This was the feeling that the band Sugarloaf was getting from their original record company and subsequent companies that went to looking for a new deal, even though they had a hit and a track record. Some bands break up in that stress and humiliation. Sugarloaf turned it into gold. And they made a little record company called Claridge Records, who put out the single, a lot of money.

One of the best digs on the record comes when Jerry sings from the record executive’s point of view: you ain’t bad, but we’ve heard it all before. Yeah, sounds like John, Paul & George. Then they play the opening lick of I Feel Fine. On the surface, it’s a funny joke. But there’s a deeper meaning, which I’m not sure they intended or not.

The Beatles are the greatest case of record companies not having a freakin’ clue. How many of them told the Fab 4, don’t call us, we’ll call you…and get a haircut. We all know how that story turned out. The record label that signed them in America: Capitol. The record label that dropped Sugarloaf after they couldn’t produce any followup hits: Liberty, eventually owned by Capitol. There’s some irony for you. Also, supposedly the phone number that’s being dialed in the beginning of the song is a CBS records executive who had recently turned the band down for a record deal.

Wolfman Jack turns up on this record, as he did frequently in the 70s, as the late night creature on Stereo 92.

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