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© A&M Records
Year of Release: 1980
So Close To Me
Driven To Tears
When The World Is
You Make The Best
Canary In A Coalmine
Voices Inside My Head
De Do Do Do
De Da Da Da
Behind My Camel
Man In A Suitcase
Shadows In The Rain
The Other Way
The Police related sites:
As much as everyone says, when it comes to the question "What Police album
is the best overall?" The answer, most likely would be Synchronicty.
But in my opinion, The Police's first album and this week's choice, Zenyatta
Mondatta are better than Synchronicty. Maybe its because most of
the well-known songs on Synchronicty received heavy airplay on radio,
and in some cases, overplayed. With that in mind, it's a great idea to look
back at the previous releases before Synchronicity, and appreciate
Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland's music as The Police in a better
frame of mind.
The well-known songs from Zenyatta Mondatta are "Don't Stand
So Close To Me," and "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da." Both songs were
heard regularly on the radio, and even to this day, both songs are as fresh
and more enjoyable then the overplayed songs from Synchronicity.
Other enjoyable tunes are "Driven To Tears" and "When The World Is
Running Down You Make The Best Of What's Still Around." "Driven To
Tears" may be the better of the two, yet both songs are enjoyable and
"Canary In A Coalmine" is one of those songs that was overlooked.
It's a happy-go-lucky tune, and would of received heavy radio play, if it was
given the chance. "Voices Inside In My Head" is mostly instrumental,
and it's definitely funky and jazzy. (We could see where Sting would be
focusing on jazz music later in his solo career with this one.) "Bombs
Away" is another happy-go-lucky number, and, like "Canary In A
Coalmine", this would of been another heavy radio airplay contender.
In the mood for eerie, soundtrack music? The instrumental "Behind My
Camel" sets the stage for soundtrack music for certain scenes in movies,
such as for the opening credits and/or radio plays. Another happy-go-lucky
number" song is "Man With A Suitcase." Like a lot of songs on this
album, it gets your head a-boppin'. "Shadows In The Rain" is more on
the upbeat reggae/jazz sides. The album's closing number, "The Other Side
Of Stopping" is another instrumental, and also another contender for
Most of all the songs on Zenyatta Mondatta will get the repeated
play on cd players and today's AOR radio stations. The Police were one of
the best bands to represent the 1980s. As stated in their VH-1 Behind The
Music biography, The Police were to pursue solo work after Synchronicity
and (hopefully) get back together and record. To this day, fans of The Police
are still waiting for an official Police reunion, where they will once again
record and tour.
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