American Gigolo (soundtrack)

American Gigolo (soundtrack)

Infobox Album
Name = American Gigolo
Type = soundtrack
Artist = Giorgio Moroder

Released = 1980
Recorded = 1980
Genre = Pop
Length = 36:26
Label = Polydor
Producer = Giorgio Moroder
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3.5|5 [ link]
Last album =
This album =
Next album =
Misc = Singles
Name = "American Gigolo"
Type = soundtrack
single 1 = Call Me (Theme from American Gigolo)
single 1 date = 1980
single 2 = Night Drive
single 2 date = 1980

"American Gigolo" is the name of a 1980 soundtrack album to the movie of the same name, starring Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton. The music was composed and performed by Giorgio Moroder and was released worldwide on the Polydor label.

"Call Me (Theme from American Gigolo)" by Blondie is the lead song for the popular soundtrack and a portion was played during the film's intro. The song, in the early stages an instrumental demo titled "Man Machine", had originally been offered to Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, but Nicks declined and Blondie instead recorded the song with lyrics by lead vocalist Debbie Harry. The single, released on Blondie's label Chrysalis Records in February of 1980, was a number one hit in both the U.S. and the U.K. and most other parts of the world, and became their second U.S. number one, after their commercial breakthrough with 1979's "Heart of Glass". The band also recorded a Spanish language version of "Call Me", entitled "Llamame", released both in the U.S. and South America. Giorgio Moroder's instrumental track "Night Drive", another variation on the "Man Machine"/"Call Me" theme, was also issued as a single in certain territories.

The song "Love Passion" was written by director Paul Schrader and Moroder and was performed by Cheryl Barnes, and can be heard in the movie in the gay club scene where Gere's character Julian goes to seek help from Leon, his pimp, after realising he has been framed for a murder he didn't commit.

"American Gigolo" was the second soundtrack album to be written and produced by Moroder in 1980, the first being "Foxes", which included Donna Summer's hit single "On the Radio" as well as tracks by Janis Ian and Cher. Later that same year he also produced what was to be his and Summer's final full-length studio album together, "The Wanderer". (1981's "I'm a Rainbow" was shelved by Geffen Records and remained unreleased until 1996.)

In 1978 Moroder had won an Academy Award for Original Music Score for his soundtrack to "Midnight Express". In 1979 Donna Summer's "Last Dance" from "Thank God It's Friday", produced by Moroder, won both an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe for best song, and following the success of "American Gigolo" and Blondie's "Call Me" in 1980 he went to on compose and produce soundtracks to a large number of Hollywood movies all through the 1980's, such as "Cat People" - including David Bowie's hit single "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (1983), "Flashdance" - including Irene Cara's "Flashdance...What A Feeling" (1983), "Scarface" - including Debbie Harry's "Rush Rush" (1983), "Metropolis" and Freddie Mercury's "Love Kills" (1984) and "Top Gun" including Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" (1985) - to name but a few.

The "American Gigolo" soundtrack album has been re-issued on CD by both PolyGram and Universal Music on the labels Polydor and Spectrum.


"All tracks written by Giorgio Moroder unless otherwise noted"

Side A:
#"Call Me (Theme from American Gigolo)" (Giorgio Moroder, Deborah Harry) - 8:09 audio|Blondie - Call Me.ogg|Listen
#* Vocals by Blondie.
#"Love and Passion" (Giorgio Moroder, Paul Schrader) - 5:51
#* Vocals by Cheryl Barnes
#"Night Drive" - 3:54

Side B:
#"Hello Mr. W.A.M. (Finale)" - 4:36
#* Based on clarinet concerto K. 622 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
#"The Apartment" - 4:31
#"Palm Springs Drive" - 3:25
#"Night Drive (Reprise)" - 2:52
#"The Seduction (Love Theme)" - 3:13

Personnel, production

* Giorgio Moroder - producer
* Harold Faltermeyer - arranger, keyboards
* Keith Forsey - drums, percussion
* Blondie - vocals
* Cheryl Barnes - vocals
* Recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, California.
* Mixed and mastered at Allen Zentz Recording.

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