Another Monday have you feeling like you’re stuck in answering service hell? Don’t phone in the week! This is the day The Nest picks up the receiver on another Unknown Caller we’ve dug out of that little black book we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s got her Lily Tomlin headset on, ready to take your calls…. but not requests. While the Sponkies ooh and aah over the strange sight of a landline telephone. Press five to hear another lost hit….
The 70’s band Sugarloaf is pretty much remembered for only one thing, and no, it’s not the fact that the original name of the band was Chocolate Hair… which would have allowed me to have back to back chocolate bands in the DVA. No, the Denver based group had a huge hit in 1970 with the song “Green Eyed Lady,” which is one of the more underrated rock tunes of the decade.
As with many things that would go on to become extremely popular, some stuffed suit authority figures scoffed when given the chance to help bring it to the public. Sugarloaf peddled its debut album, upon which “Green Eyed Lady” was a late addition, to a number of record companies… including CBS. CBS must have left a really bad impression on Sugarloaf’s lead singer Jerry Corbetta, because five years later (by which time, he pretty much WAS the band), he wrote the song that would become Sugarloaf’s second big hit…. and of course, the one that everyone forgot about.
“Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” made it to #9 in 1975, and pokes fun at CBS Records for constantly spurning the band’s requests to distribute their debut album. The punch line, of course, comes in the last verse when the band is now famous thanks to a green eyed lady, and they give CBS the same treatment the label gave them when Sugarloaf was still nobodies. The number that you can hear dialed during the song is actually one of CBS’s unlisted numbers!
As much as I adore “Green Eyed Lady,” this song is too fun not to be a favorite of mine! I’ll be sure to call you back next Monday with another great lost hit…