Every Breath You Take – The Police

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on June 5th of 1983 The Police sit atop the UK Singles Chart with “Every Breath You Take”. This is one of the most misinterpreted songs ever. It is about an obsessive stalker, but it sounds like a love song. Some people even used it as their wedding song. The Police frontman Sting wrote it after separating from his first wife, Frances Tomelty. Sting knew this would be the band’s biggest hit when he wrote it, even if he didn’t think he was breaking new ground. In Rolling Stone magazine, he said: “‘Every Breath You Take’ is an archetypal song. If you have a major chord followed by a relative minor, you’re not original.” Sting wrote this at the same desk in Jamaica where Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. Police guitarist Andy Summers made a significant contribution to the arrangement of this song. He explained in a Record Collector interview: “Without that guitar part there’s no song. That’s what sealed it. My guitar completely made it classic and put the modern edge on it. I actually came up with it in one take, but that’s because Sting’s demo left a lot of space for me to do what I did. There was no way I was just gonna strum barre chords through a song like that.” The middle of the song was finished last. They didn’t know what to do with it until Sting sat at a piano and started hitting the same key over and over. That became the basis for the missing section. This won Grammys in 1984 for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocal. Not only was it a huge hit in the UK the song was the biggest hit of the year in the US where it stayed at #1 for 8 weeks.