Saturday, August 13, 2016

"Wrapped Around Your Finger" by The Police

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1747
Date:  01/07/1984
Debut:  61
Peak:  8
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After rockin' it out a bit with "Synchronicity II" (#16 Pop, #9 Rock), the third single from their album Synchronicity, the trio retreated back to ballad territory with this next release. The tactic worked will with Pop listeners who embraced the song and its video. It would become the third song from the album to reach the Top 10. It would also reach #9 at Rock/#13 at AC and be the last track from the album to be issued as a single. What no one knew at the time (not even The Police) is that this song would be their final significant hit (excluding a mid-chart revisit of an older hit in 1986). The band would call it quits after an attempt to record a follow-up album.

ReduxReview:  This should have been the third single from the album, but at least it was finally released and got them back in the Top 10. Again, like "Every Breath You Take," it's a very pretty song with dark lyrics. I could do without all the mythological references, but overall the message is there and it works. The video with all its slo-mo and Sting knocking over the candles was a highlight as well. Not a bad way to end a career (well, at least for the band).

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Back in 1978 when The Police were just about to break out with their debut album, they needed money. They were approached to do a commercial for Wrigley gum. They decided to do it, but there was one condition - they all had to die their hair blonde. Needing the money, they did it. The commercial was filmed, but in the end the company decided to not use it. However, the bleach blonde look seemed to work for the band and they kept it going, especially lead singer Sting.


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