Thursday, October 22, 2020

"We'll Be Together" by Sting

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3295
Date:  10/10/1987
Debut:  59
Peak:  7
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Funk Rock

Pop Bits:  Sting's first solo album after the breakup of The Police, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, was a #2 multi-platinum success thanks to a pair of Pop Top 10 hits including the #3 "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free." The success of the album allowed Sting to be more ambitious for his next effort, ...Nothing But the Sun. The release would be a double-LP with songs that spanned various genres such as pop, rock, jazz, reggae, and world music. This first funk-leaning single got things started and it did well becoming Sting's third Pop Top 10 hit. It would also make a bit of a splash at Dance (#17) and Rock (#20) while becoming his second solo song to make the R&B chart (#39). The hit would help the album peak at #9 and eventually it would be a double-platinum seller. It would also receive a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year..

ReduxReview:  This groovy tune was a good one to kick off the album. The hooky track fell in line with recent hits by Peter Gabriel but it sounded distinctly Sting. The production was crisp and it sounded great on the radio. Sting gets a bit of a minus for singing lyrics to another one of his songs at the end (which he'd done before - I don't know why he likes to do that...), but overall it was one of his funkiest jams and a deserved hit.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Sting originally wrote this song for a Japanese beer commercial. He was approached by the Kirin Brewing Company to appear in print ads and a TV commercial for their product. They also asked him to write a song. The company was also specific about the song as they wanted the word "together" to be prominent. In short order, Sting wrote this song. The company loved the track and a commercial was filmed with Sting performing the song and drinking the beer.  2) In 2004, Sting would perform around North America on his Sacred Love Tour. Also on the bill for those shows was Eurythmics' Annie Lennox. During the shows, the pair would do a duet on this song. It was well-received and the pair decided to go into the studio to record a new duet version of the tune. The finished recording would then be included on the soundtrack to the 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. That film was the sequel to the 2001 hit Bridget Jones's Diary, both of which starred RenĂ©e Zellweger. The sequel was a modest hit in the US barely making back its $40 million budget. However, it was a much bigger hit in other countries and the film would eventually rake in and additional $222 million. The soundtrack would reach #72 on the US chart.


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