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Blondie – “Call me” single covers

Contributed by Mark James on Feb 10th, 2024. Artwork published in .
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Call Me”, performed by Blondie and produced by Giorgio Moroder, is the theme from the movie American Gigolo. The 7″ single sleeve uses Kaufmann. Shown here are four variations used across different territories, all on the Chrysalis label, with the Latin American version sung in Spanish (“Llámame”). Was Kaufmann utilised strategically for marketing purposes from its familiarity with the film’s script style logo (in Filmotype Lady) and benefit from the publicity the film was receiving?

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The sans on the back cover is .
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The sans on the back cover is ITC Avant Garde Gothic.

Version with Richard Gere, used in the United States and various European countries
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Version with Richard Gere, used in the United States and various European countries

Argentinian version “en Castellano”, featuring
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Argentinian version “en Castellano”, featuring Akzidenz-Grotesk

“Versión Español” from Mexico
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“Versión Español” from Mexico

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  • Kaufmann
  • Filmotype Lady
  • ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  • Akzidenz-Grotesk

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2 Comments on “Blondie – “Call me” single covers”

  1. Was Kaufmann utilised strategically for marketing purposes from its familiarity with the film’s script style logo (in Filmotype Lady)?

    That’s a plausible theory. Alternatively, I can imagine that Kaufmann was chosen because its bold looping forms with joined-up letterforms of low contrast resemble phone cords.

    Photo: Marco Verch (CC BY) via Flickr

  2. Florian – your theory is more credible than mine 😂 I can see how obvious the inspiration would be now. I’ll clean my glasses… !

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