Don’t Stand So Close To Me – The Police

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on September 27th of 1980 The Police reach #1 on the UK Singles Chart with “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”. This song is about a teacher who lusts after one of his students. Sting was a teacher before joining The Police. After a lot of speculation, Sting denied that this came from any personal experience on the DVD for his 2001 All This Time album. The Police recorded this over a period of months. The song started as a Hammond organ-based Soul track then evolved through various complex arrangements, until it was eventually reduced to it’s simplest elements.This sold 900,000 copies and was the best selling single of 1980 in the UK. In 1985, Sting worked with Dire Straits on “Money For Nothing,” which has a chorus that sounds very similar to this (compare the lines “Don’t stand so close to me” with “I want my MTV”). Sting did not want a songwriting credit, but his record company thought he should get one so they could receive royalties. The Police reunited in 1986 to record updated versions of some of their old songs. The reunion brought out old hostilities, and this was the only song they completed. The new version was released as a single titled “Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86,” and included on their greatest hits album Every Breath You Take – The Singles. This won the 1981 Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Group. The song reached #10 in the US.