80s Song of the Day: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police was released on November 2, 1981, with Flexible Strategies as the B side. The song was a single from the band’s fourth studio album Ghost in the Machine, although it dates back to a demo recorded in 1977.

The song was a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Check out the song’s page on thepolice.com, which includes this quote from Sting from a September 1993 article in The Independent:

“This was first recorded as a demo, with the piano figure, in a studio in Montreal. I had written the song long before the Police were successful, but it seemed a bit soft for the band at first. But the demo was really great. It sounded like a No 1 song to me. I took it to the band, who were reticent, still thinking it was soft. I was saying, “But listen, it’s a hit.” We tried to do it from scratch as the Police, but it didn’t have the same energy as the demo. After a degree of hair-pulling and torturing on my part, I got the band to play over the top of my demo. I like the song, especially the ascending bass figure. The half tones are unusual. It’s unashamedly a pop song. And it has a lot of energy. Stewart must be about the most amazing drummer – in the history of rock’n’roll. He was a nightmare for me to play with, though. He and I have a different interpretation of where the beat is. I like to push the beat with the bass, be slightly ahead of it, which means I have to have a drummer to hold me down, the drummer has to be rock solid. But Stewart is the same as me – he likes to push the beat too, so we’d get faster and faster and be racing absurdly by the end.”


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