Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Morning Videos: "Don't Stand So Close to Me"

I seem to have another theme developing here: music videos by British artists (last week's Chrissie Hynde is from Ohio, but The Pretenders were British to the core), released in that short pop moment between punk rock and New Wave, before synthesizers opened up new vistas, while the radios were awash with art rock and easy listening, and when everyone who was hip was experimenting with reggae and ska. And if that doesn't describe The Police, then I don't know what else could.

Andy Summers guitar work on this single is marvellously subtle, but the video definitely shows who's the boss. Even just prancing around in old teacher's robes while carryng a lacrosse racket, Sting has charisma to burn.

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