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Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Every Breath You Take"

The Police - Every Breath You Take (1983)

A Stalkers Anthem.

Often misinterpreted as a love song, this and Isn't She Lovely? should be removed from wedding DJs bags across the country. It's clearly about a woman who left a man, and now he follows her around town stalking her every move. It's an obsession that, due to the way the fade out plays it up, is clearly never going to stop.

The guitar part was done in one part and was apparently inspired by classical composer Bartók. I've listened to about a half dozen Bartok pieces today and I don't hear it, but six pieces out of the hundreds he wrote doesn't mean anything. Bartók sounds upset to me, lots of pounding frustrations out like a hammer. The guitar lick is more precise, like a surgeons knife. He switches keys without missing a step and it cuts though the whole song without overwhelming the other little things going on. The drum part is fairly simple. Apparently Sting didn't let Stewart Copeland play what he wanted, Sting wanted simple on this track. Sting's own bass part is straight eighth notes with next to no embellishments. Sting also plays keyboards on the track. Heck, the man sings his own back up vocal parts towards the end.

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