Frankie Bones ‎– Call It Techno

Breaking Bones Records ‎– BBR-400
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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122 B.P.M.

Knowledge & Respect
to Juan Atkins,
Robert Clivilles &
David Cole

℗© 1989 Breaking Bones Records

[Additional infos:]
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs

Arpeggiated bleep sequence featured on all tracks taken from Cybotron - Clear.
Bassline sampled from Seduction - Seduction.

Track B1 samples:
Dialogue from the film Trading Places

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): BBR-400 AS
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): BBR-400 BS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): BBR 400 A F/W CSB♪♪
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): BBR 400 B F/W CSB♪♪
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BBR-400 Frankie Bones Call It Techno(12", Promo) Breaking Bones Records BBR-400 US 1989 Sell This Version
BBR-400 Frankie Bones Call It Techno(12", TP) Breaking Bones Records BBR-400 US 1989 Sell This Version
JEP 9004 Frankie Bones Call It Techno(12") JEP Records JEP 9004 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
ID140 Frankie Bones Call It Techno EP(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Intec Digital ID140 UK 2017


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July 28, 2013
Definitely a favorite 12" in my collection. The vocoder action throughout the song is mean. With hints of "We're Rocking the Planet" & "Clear" and not to mention Eddie Murphy's Trading Places tribal laugh. This 12" is a must for any fan of electro/ house.


June 14, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

What a great track this is. I actually like all the versions on this record. Technopella and the House mix are my favorites I think. I can't really desrcibe what makes this track so special. but I'll try. The sinister obscure atmosphere in combination with the vocals (useful lyrics by the way) share a great dynamic. This is one for the ages. I just heard this record being played in a club once, that's a shame.

Classic record, absolute must have!


August 30, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
'Call it Techno' will remain as one of the timeless classics of the underground dance music of the end of the eighties that combinates Detroit techno bass lines, obscure & distorted vocal samples (influenced by 'Phuture - We are Phuture') in an MC conception, and the typical dark structure of the american electro, like 'Hashim - Al Naafish'. The frequencies collision caused by the phazer results in a much more sinister ambiance. This excellent reagents could only result in a magnificent track, impossible to label. At the end, it doesn't matter if it's a breakbeat, a hip house, a techno house or whatever: it's a marvellous tune.


June 6, 2004
Let me rewind fifteen years (15 years) to the date of June 6, 1989. It was 15 years ago that I created this song named "Call It Techno". It was a juxtapose position, sitting aligned between hip-house and techno.
The track itself was a structured song with verse, bridge & chorus, which is nearly unheard of in techno music. It told the story of Techno, Its Detroit Heritage and payed homage to Juan Atkins via the bassline of Seduction (Clivilles & Cole). Of the many records I produced in the late 80's, this track was not considered to be a memorable track as history goes. It did get licensed by BMG/Deconstruction in the U.K. but just kind of stayed underground before get overshadowed by Bonesbreaks & Looney Tunes. But as production goes for something that old, I am proud of the fact that it still sounds good even 15 years later. A good moment for me nevertheless, and a shining moment in my own history.