Thursday, November 12, 2009

Schoolgirl fantasy.

The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me '86 (Dance Mix)
The original version of this song was released in 1980. It broke the top 10 here in the USA and in the UK it was the best selling single of the year. It was re-recorded and changed quite a bit in 1986 for inclusion on The Police's greatest hits package titled Every Breath You Take: The Singles. Drummer Stewart Copeland had broken his collarbone and was unable to play on the song so it was decided to use a drum machine. Copeland wanted to use his own Fairlight CMI for this task, while Sting pushed for his own Synclavier synth to be used instead. Ultimately Copeland won but this little dispute was what, according to Copeland, "broke the camel's back" and lead to the group disbanding before this version was ever released. The track itself was written by Sting and tells the story of a teacher's student falling for him and his indecisive feelings about it. Sting denies the song is autobiographical despite the fact he was once a teacher. Hey, it's possible nothing like this ever happened to him. Not very likely, but possible. 5 bucks says he nailed her. C'mon.

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