Sunday, June 8, 2014

"Spirits in the Material World" by The Police

Song#:  0879
Date:  01/16/1982
Debut:  76
Peak:  11
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  The Police's previous single, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," became their biggest hit to date reaching #3. This second single from their "Ghost in the Machine" LP just missed the Top 10 peaking at the dreaded #11.

ReduxReview:  Back then I didn't even know what Ska music was, but I knew that I liked the groove of this song. It was just so different from anything else on the radio. And the shift from the Ska-ish verse to the rock chorus was pretty cool. It still sounds great and remains a fave of mine from the group.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The "Ghost in the Machine" album contained the Sting composition "Demolition Man." However, The Police were not the first to record the song. Earlier in 1981, Grace Jones recorded the tune for her "Nightclubbing" LP. It was released as the first single from the album, but did not chart. However, the album became one of her most popular releases.


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