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. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police

Her friends are so jealous
You know how bad girls get
Sometimes it’s not so easy
To be the teacher’s pet

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Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police was released in the United Kingdom on September 19, 1980, with Friends as the B side. The song, about an affair between a teacher and a student, was the lead single from the band’s third album Zenyatta Mondatta.

In the United Kingdom, the song reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and was the biggest selling single of 1980. In the United States, it reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Every Breath You Take by The Police

Since you’ve gone I’ve been lost without a trace
I dream at night, I can only see your face

Every breath you takeEvery Breath You Take by The Police was released on May 20, 1983, with Murder by Numbers as the B side. It was the first single from the album Synchronicity.

Every Breath You Take was the biggest hit of 1983. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight weeks and the UK Singles chart for four weeks.

Watch the official music video for the song.

45 RPMs: The Police Don’t Stand So Close to Me

Temptation, frustration
So bad it makes him cry

zenyattaThe Police’s hit single Don’t Stand So Close to Me dealt with the subject of teacher-student affairs long before they became common fodder for TV specials and Internet headlines. The song was inspired by Sting’s experience as an English teacher before he became famous (although he denied ever having an affair with a student while he was a teacher) as well as his admiration for Vladimir Nabokov’s classic Lolita. The novel tells the story of a literature professor in his late 30s – “the old man in that book by Nabokov” referred to in the song – who becomes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl.

Don’t Stand So Close to Me was released in 1980 as a single from The Police’s third studio album, Zenyatta Mondatta. It was a No. 1 hit and the best-selling single of 1980 in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Continue reading