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(Telegraph)   Sting confesses that one classic Police hit was originally improvised as "Walking Round the Room" and another classic Police hit "Every Breath You Take" wasn't supposed to be so stalker-like. Another year has passed since he broke his nose   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 42
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2013-08-27 08:20:23 AM
I was going into college when that album came out, it was played every where and I couldn't stand it.
 
2013-08-27 08:30:55 AM
He lives his life like a canary in a coal mine behind his camel, and he can see those fighter planes.

/ wait, what?
 
2013-08-27 08:34:12 AM
www.cartoonistgroup.com
 
2013-08-27 08:39:31 AM
It's Stung subby.  The past tense is the only way we should refer to him.
 
2013-08-27 08:45:04 AM
My band plays Walkin' on the Moon.

But we will NEVER play Every Breath You Take.
 
2013-08-27 08:48:56 AM
I remember hearing him talk about "Every Breath" years back and how he woke up out of a dead sleep with the refrain running through his head.  Even then, I thought the thing was overly creepy and yet so damned catchy.  It 'is' the Stalker's theme music.
 
2013-08-27 08:59:24 AM
I hate that song only because it set up the crappy Puff Daddy remake. But now that I think about it, many of their songs are kind of creepy.
 
2013-08-27 09:08:21 AM

stupiddream: It's Stung subby.  The past tense is the only way we should refer to him.


Steve Martin once hosted Saturday Night Live and Sting was the music guest*. At the end of the opening monologue, Martin accidentally deliberately called him "Stingy."

/my brain steel-trap clings to the most irrelevant trivia.


*in the same episode Sting appeared in a spy-movie-spoof sketch as an eyepatch-wearing pirate sort.

/I saw this when E! was re-airing edited-down 60-minute versions of episodes as my parents didn't allow a TV in the home while I was being raised.
 
2013-08-27 09:10:54 AM
Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake...
24.media.tumblr.com
I'll be watching you, motherfarker!
 
2013-08-27 09:11:09 AM
These have always been the Police lyrics that get me:

And when their eloquence escapes me,
Their logic ties me up and rapes me.


o_O
 
2013-08-27 09:11:46 AM
Now it's Andy Summers' turn to explain WTF he was thinking when he wrote and sang "Mother". That song is so grating and jarring.

/The telephone is ringing!
 
2013-08-27 09:28:31 AM

ristst: My band plays Walkin' on the Moon.

But we will NEVER play Every Breath You Take.


Scrantonicity?
 
2013-08-27 09:32:40 AM

DeepDownHounds: Now it's Andy Summers' turn to explain WTF he was thinking when he wrote and sang "Mother". That song is so grating and jarring.

/The telephone is ringing!


Is that my mother on the phone?

Are we supposed to be surprised that songs don't spring fully formed from his brow? Or that they can be interpreted in ways that the author didn't initially intend?
 
2013-08-27 09:43:54 AM
I see him addressing complaints that "so you sent my letters back" and "my LP records and they're all scratched" doesn't actually rhyme.  Who the hell complains about that sh*t?  That line couplet is terrific.
 
2013-08-27 09:47:37 AM
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE was 'our song' between me and my first girlfriend.

Even at the time, we realized it was kind of creepy (seniors in High School), but it is a pretty heartfelt song.

I still get kind of out-of-focus and misty whenever I hear it, though.
 
2013-08-27 10:04:47 AM
DjangoStonereaver: EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE was 'our song' between me and my first girlfriend.

Even at the time, we realized it was kind of creepy (seniors in High School), but it is a pretty heartfelt song.

I still get kind of out-of-focus and misty whenever I hear it, though.



Were you the girl in the relationship?
 
2013-08-27 10:25:38 AM

Yes please: But now that I think about it, many of their songs are kind of creepy.


See Don't Stand So Close To Me, for just one easy example.

karnal: Were you the girl in the relationship?


What makes you think there was just the one?  It's the '90's, it's Hammer time.
 
2013-08-27 10:28:27 AM

karnal: DjangoStonereaver: EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE was 'our song' between me and my first girlfriend.

Even at the time, we realized it was kind of creepy (seniors in High School), but it is a pretty heartfelt song.

I still get kind of out-of-focus and misty whenever I hear it, though.


Were you the girl in the relationship?


Its not my problem that you're too insecure in your own gender identity to appreciate a man who is
comfortable sharing his feelings with his fellow antisocial agoraphobes on the Internet, karnal.

/If I was in better touch with my feminine side, I'd never leave my room.
 
2013-08-27 10:31:34 AM
www.tnanews.com

I'll be watching you
 
2013-08-27 11:05:39 AM
"Mick, the police are here to see you."  [flush-flush-flush-flush].  "Oh, hey Sting."
 
2013-08-27 11:13:06 AM

DjangoStonereaver: EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE was 'our song' between me and my first girlfriend.

Even at the time, we realized it was kind of creepy (seniors in High School), but it is a pretty heartfelt song.

I still get kind of out-of-focus and misty whenever I hear it, though.


What I remember during the time period was that there were a large number of people who played the song at their weddings, or otherwise called it "their" song.  It's about a stalker, people.
 
2013-08-27 11:17:39 AM
Mid way through West Pac, "Every Breath You Take" was the first song I heard on the radio when we pulled into Australia. I called bullshiat on it being The Police. Not a farking chance!!!
 
2013-08-27 11:34:45 AM

DeepDownHounds: Now it's Andy Summers' turn to explain WTF he was thinking when he wrote and sang "Mother". That song is so grating and jarring.

/The telephone is ringing!


But it makes the intro to "Ms. Gradenko" that much more beautiful.

Also another weird song.
 
2013-08-27 11:53:47 AM
In college, I tested out of all the mandatory English courses but was required to take a crapload of English credit hours to graduate.  So I ended up taking all the weird ones, which in retrospect was cool (spending an entire semester on Faulkner was exhausting, but amazing too).  One course I took on modern literature had a module entitled "the poetry of rock music" in which we analyzed lyrics of The Police, Jethro Tull, The Ramones, etc. etc.  I remember writing a comparison and contrast paper with the two themes under consideration being Araby (a short story) by James Joyce and Wrapped Around Your Finger by the Police.

Anybody who writes lyrics that reference "the Scylla and Charybdis" is worthy of study.
 
2013-08-27 11:54:04 AM

Crewmannumber6: ristst: My band plays Walkin' on the Moon.

But we will NEVER play Every Breath You Take.

Scrantonicity?


Beat me to it.
 
2013-08-27 12:09:12 PM
Now if he will just stop beating the dead horse of revisions to Roxanne.

I seem to remember an interview where he said the opposite about Every Breath You Take. At that time he said it wasn't supposed to be romantic but rather creepy.

I love "Mother" but anything in odd time signatures like 7/4 is fun to play.
 
2013-08-27 12:38:41 PM

Sinbox: *in the same episode Sting appeared in a spy-movie-spoof sketch as an eyepatch-wearing pirate sort.


GoldSting!
 
2013-08-27 12:59:05 PM
tillerman35:
Anybody who writes lyrics that reference "the Scylla and Charybdis" is worthy of study.

Except for the fact that he rhymes it with "young apprentice" (there's one of those dodgy rhymes again), and pronounces "Charybdis" wrong - it's "ka-RIB-dis", not "kar-BEE-dis", you pretentious twit.
 
2013-08-27 01:12:30 PM

puckrock2000: tillerman35:
Anybody who writes lyrics that reference "the Scylla and Charybdis" is worthy of study.

Except for the fact that he rhymes it with "young apprentice" (there's one of those dodgy rhymes again), and pronounces "Charybdis" wrong - it's "ka-RIB-dis", not "kar-BEE-dis", you pretentious twit.


Dafuq are you talking about? The only way I know it's properly pronounced is because of him. The song is the only place I've ever heard it out loud.
 
2013-08-27 01:23:24 PM

Bukharin: Sinbox: *in the same episode Sting appeared in a spy-movie-spoof sketch as an eyepatch-wearing pirate sort.

GoldSting!


http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/tightwad-007/n9621/


That's it!

My appreciation for the mental assist.

Damn! That was my favorite of all casts. Of course, it was the first I ever watched. Too bad that it ruined me for all others.
 
2013-08-27 01:24:50 PM
...for towards all others.
 
2013-08-27 01:31:05 PM

puckrock2000: tillerman35:
Anybody who writes lyrics that reference "the Scylla and Charybdis" is worthy of study.

Except for the fact that he rhymes it with "young apprentice" (there's one of those dodgy rhymes again), and pronounces "Charybdis" wrong - it's "ka-RIB-dis", not "kar-BEE-dis", you pretentious twit.


I am also confused, 'a-pren-tiss', 'ka-rib-dis'.  I don't see the problem.

\\ turn your face to alabaster
\ kinda pale, not healthy looking
 
2013-08-27 02:17:16 PM

puckrock2000: tillerman35:
Anybody who writes lyrics that reference "the Scylla and Charybdis" is worthy of study.

Except for the fact that he rhymes it with "young apprentice" (there's one of those dodgy rhymes again), and pronounces "Charybdis" wrong - it's "ka-RIB-dis", not "kar-BEE-dis", you pretentious twit.


And here I thought
No one cared anymore
about perfect rhymes
Synchronicity
 
2013-08-27 02:42:13 PM

tillerman35: Anybody who writes lyrics that reference "the Scylla and Charybdis" is worthy of study.


You should check out some Richard Thompson.
 
2013-08-27 03:13:48 PM
The Police - Live at The Old Grey Whistle Test (02/10/1978)
"Can't Stand Losing You and Next To You, performed live during a taping of The Old Grey Whistle Test. This performance marks the first ever television appearance of The Police in the UK."
 
2013-08-27 04:47:42 PM

cevarius: The Police - Live at The Old Grey Whistle Test (02/10/1978)
"Can't Stand Losing You and Next To You, performed live during a taping of The Old Grey Whistle Test. This performance marks the first ever television appearance of The Police in the UK."


Compare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73tOOPDn05E

Same year.
 
2013-08-27 05:22:38 PM

AdrienVeidt: puckrock2000: tillerman35:
Anybody who writes lyrics that reference "the Scylla and Charybdis" is worthy of study.

Except for the fact that he rhymes it with "young apprentice" (there's one of those dodgy rhymes again), and pronounces "Charybdis" wrong - it's "ka-RIB-dis", not "kar-BEE-dis", you pretentious twit.

Dafuq are you talking about? The only way I know it's properly pronounced is because of him. The song is the only place I've ever heard it out loud.


I seem to remember the first time I heard it, and giving him props for it being properly pronounced.  Only one way to check.  (Toodles off to YouTube...)  Hmmm... He does sort of trail off a bit while singing "Charybdis," but if I crank the volume to 11, it certainly sounds correct.
 
2013-08-27 08:19:31 PM

karnal: Were you the girl in the relationship?


There was clearly no man in this relationship.
 
2013-08-28 01:39:11 AM
Poor job Subby, why not link the article that the Sting bit is taken from?

I think Ray Davies is one of the great pop/rock songwriters, Paul Weller has written some great stuff and [ducks] Damon Albarn had a great run from Modern Life Is Rubbish > 13.

whizbangthedirtfarmer: What I remember during the time period was that there were a large number of people who played the song at their weddings, or otherwise called it "their" song. It's about a stalker, people.

There's also the people that play(ed) R.E.M.'s The One I Love, even though the lyrics are

This one goes out to the one I love
This one goes out to the one I've left behind
A simple prop to occupy my time
This one goes out to the one I love


Lyrics, what are they for?

Sting gets a pass from me because he wrote Message In A Bottle, Noel Gallagher because of Champagne Supernova. Mileage may possibly vary.
 
2013-08-28 03:21:05 AM
I absolutely love The Police - always have, always will.

That being said, I think Stewart and Andy wrote far more interesting songs than Sting did - On Any Other Day, Does Everyone Stare, Friends, Omega Man, Darkness, Someone To Talk To...

Seeing them live for the reunion tour was a dream come true - I was too young to see them live in their heyday.
 
2013-08-28 08:37:13 AM

bigbabysurfer: I absolutely love The Police - always have, always will.

That being said, I think Stewart and Andy wrote far more interesting songs than Sting did - On Any Other Day, Does Everyone Stare, Friends, Omega Man, Darkness, Someone To Talk To...


and....
 
2013-08-28 10:36:05 AM
I'm tired of seeing Telegraph articles linked to from Fark that I can't see because they want me to sign up for a 30 day trial
 
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