Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Wave Wednesday: "Every Breath You Take", by the Police (music video)

Synchronicity (album) This week's New Wave Wednesday pick is Every Breath You Take from 80's super band The Police, featuring music, lyrics and lead vocals by former English teacher, Sting. The 1983 hit from the album Synchronicity topped the charts for eight weeks.

Sting was going through a messy divorce when he wrote the song and didn't intend it to have such a stalker tone.

The rain forest activist once told and interviewer, "I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realise at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control."

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