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WATCH: “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” – Sugarloaf ’74 vs Van Halen ’75

I had intended to just find a great LIVE version of Sugarloaf’s quirky 1974 hit, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” but about all I could find was a recording of Sugarloaf’s album version (nice, but not the same as a LIVE performance) and surprisingly, a recording less than a year later of a bootleg tape of one of Van Halen’s early concerts also singing the song! Obviously David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen give there own take on the song, but it’s a very interesting contrast.

Here’s the original Sugarloaf version:

Van Halen’s version from 1975 at what I think was a concert at Pasadena High School in April 1975. Audio only, but still interesting to hear that pre-historic Van Halen sound and David Lee Roth interacting with the crowd. Priceless!  (Full concert audio below!)


Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia:

“Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” is a hit song by the psychedelic rock band Sugarloaf. Co-written by lead vocalist Jerry Corbetta, the song was featured as the title track of the band’s fourth and final album. It was the band’s fourth single. The song was recorded at Applewood Studios in Golden, Colorado. Performing on the song, along with Jerry Corbetta, were session players Paul Humphries (drums), Max Bennett (bass), Ray Payne (guitar), and a group called the “Flying Saucers” (Jason Hickman, Mikkel Saks, and David Queen) on harmony vocals.

The song peaked at number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the winter of 1974-1975 and number 12 on the Cash Box Top 100. The song is their second greatest hit. It spent 21 weeks on the chart, four weeks longer than their bigger hit, “Green-Eyed Lady.”

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