The Call was an American rock band from Santa Cruz, California active from 1980 to 2000.
The Call formed in Santa Cruz in 1980 by vocalist / guitarist Michael Been, drummer / percussionist Scott Musick, bassist Greg Freeman, and guitarist Tom Ferrier. Steve Huddleston played keyboards early on for the band. Been and Musick were originally from Oklahoma. Been was previously a member of Chicago band Aorta, and then, between 1969 and 1971, of Lovecraft, the successor band to the psychedelic rock group H.P. Lovecraft.
Beginning with their self-titled debut in 1982, The Call went on to produce 10 albums by 2000. The eponymous premiere album was recorded in England, and Been later recalled that the band was in an exploratory phase at this point. Been noted in a 1988 interview, “The Call was a compassionate album, but it probably came out as anger.” Peter Gabriel liked the band so much that he called them the “future of American music”and asked them to open for him during his 1982 “Shock the Monkey” tour.