Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Song of the Day: 'Walking on the Moon' by the Police

Although I think Sirius/XM Radio gives the Police an outsize presence, its doing so has reminded me that I do like a lot of songs by Sting and the boys, of whom I generally think of myself as being a rather casual fan. When I saw them live in 1983 -- a spur-of-the-moment invite from a junior high friend I had grown apart from -- at the height of their popularity, I really only went because the Thompson Twins (and Madness) were opening! 

Interesting to note that the song hit No. 1 in the U.K. while not charting in the U.S. Its predecessor, "Message in a Bottle," also hit No. 1 in the U.K. but stalled at No. 74 here. Perhaps this disparity -- five No. 1 and 15 Top 20 singles across the pond versus just one No. 1 and eight Top 20 in the U.S. -- explains why Richard Blade puts more of an emphasis on the band than I ever did.

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