A previously unseen video from the Police iconic hit “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” was premiered earlier this week. This video was shared via the band’s official YouTube channel.
This video sees Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers meet Father Christmas. They also race on snowmobiles in an appropriatly snowy winter scene.
The video once again shows Sting taking his shirt off akin to the original clip, along with Santa Claus on skis. As the song fades, Sting can also be seen silencing Andy Summers.
Check out this video here.
“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” – The Police
This single featured on The Police’s third album “Zenyatta Mondatta” and was their third UK Number one having spent around a month at the chart summit between September and October 1980. It also reached number one in Spain.
After the Police reunited, a second version of this track was released in 1986. This still remains the most recent recording from the band.
It also became the best selling single for that year, selling an estimated 900,000 copies. Along with Spain, “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” also hit the top 10 Billboard tracks, along with top 3 in the Netherlands, Austrailia, South Africa and others.
It also landed a Grammy for best Vocal Performance by the band in 1981.
Speaking to Q Magazine about the song’s fame and success, Sting said, “You have to remember we were blond bombshells at the time and most of our fans were young girls so I started role playing a bit,” he said. “Let’s exploit that. And it really worked. You know that single sold a million copies in Britain. A million. Imagine that now?”.
Earlier in 2021, Sting admitted his regret over the 2007 Police reunion, calling it “an exercise in nostalgia”.
He said, “At the time I labelled the tour an exercise in nostalgia. That was simply how I felt and is still how I feel today”. Adding, “I think it’s OK to be honest about your feelings and that was the way it went for me”. More on this report here.
Sting also recently had his say on the idea of being knighted “Sir Sting”.