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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me

'Don't Stand So Close to Me' is a 1980 song and hit single by the British rock band The Police. It concerns a schoolgirl's crush on her young teacher and the teacher's nervousness about the situation.

The Police won the 1982 "Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for this song. A re-recorded version of the song was released in 1986 as 'Don't Stand So Close to Me '86'.

The song deals with the mixed feelings of the teacher (lust/guilt/fear), and inappropriateness leading to confrontation.

The music and lyrics of the song were written by the lead singer of The Police, Sting, who had previously worked as an English teacher. In a 2001 interview for the concert DVD ...All This Time, Sting denied that the song is autobiographical.

The line "Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov" alludes to Vladimir Nabokov's famous novel Lolita which covers somewhat similar issues.

Sting was asked to perform on Mark Knopfler's 'Money for Nothing' as he was in Montserrat at the time, and reused the melody from the chorus of 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' in the counterpoint lyric 'I want my MTV'. It was only after this story was related to reporters during promotions for the Brothers in Arms album that lawyers for Sting became involved, and later copies of the album co-credit the song to Sting. The initial pressings list only Mark Knopfler. It is one of only two shared songwriting credits on any Dire Straits album.

'Don't Stand So Close to Me' appeared on The Police's album Zenyatta Mondatta (A&M), and became a hit 'No.1' UK single along with a corresponding music video. It was the single that 'broke' The Police in the USA, as it reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at number 10. In the U.K, the track was confirmed by the end of 1980 to have been the biggest selling single of that year.

The B side, 'Friends', was written and sung by Andy Summers and is inspired by Stranger in a Strange Land, a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein.

Click the link below to download the following:
Original Video
1986 Video
Original Single Version

1986 Single Version
1986 Dance Mix
Friends - Original B-Side
Live Version - 1986 B-Side


The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me - Original Video

The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me (1986) - Video

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