Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You
Thanks for the interst on how “Don’t Call Us..” came about. In 1974, Sugarloaf was without a record deal, still touring but having alot of internal strife. We were all living in LA at that time.
I was the only single guy in the group, so during some off time I went back to Denver, Colorado to hang with my old friends and family, and to collect my thoughts, so to speak. I started thinking about the music business and how much it had changed. Specifically, in the A&R; department.
They had a slick way of rejecting bands. My anger gave way to my sense of humor and I started to fool around with some “attitude riffs”. I decided to go to a friend’s recording studio in Denver and I had the engineer play bass and the maintenance man play drums, and I literally wrote the music to the song that day with the title and some of the words.
I made a very crude demo of it and went back to LA and played it for my producer, Frank Slay. He loved the track and the idea. Frank and I decided to enlist John Carter, a good friend who was a songwriter of “Incense and Peppermints” and at that time the head of A&R; at Capitol Records.
He came over to the office in Hollywood and on his lunch hours, John wrote mosts of the words. We cut the song about a week later and the rest, as they say, is history.
Again, thanks for your interest in “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You!”