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After the walls came down, this band should have been much bigger



There have been many under-the-radar artists that Steve Spears and the SIT80's blog have personally championed in order to shine a spotlight on their catalog. Next to Oingo Boingo, perhaps no forgotten ‘80s band has been held in such high regard on the blog as The Call.

Led by Michael Been, The Call was a mixture of Oklahoma and California musicians and caught the attention of the MTV crowd in 1983 with The Walls Came Down from their album Modern Romans.

The Walls Came Down was yet another song to touch on The Cold War tensions between the US and Russia and peaked at No. 74 on the singles chart.  The video features bearded keyboard whiz Garth Hudson of The Band, who played on the first three albums of The Call. 

Even though the band never had a single that hit the Top 40, The Call did reach No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Charts in 1989 with Let The Day Begin and their 1986 classic I Still Believe was used as Al Gore's presidential campaign theme song. As reported on the blog in August 2010, Been died backstage of a heart attack in Belgium while helping his son's band on tour.

[Last modified: Friday, November 22, 2013 8:01am]


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