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15 February 2021, 11:28 | Updated: 15 February 2021, 11:37
The Police's classic hit 'Every Breath You Take' remains one of the best-selling and most loved tracks of all time, let alone the 1980s.
But did you know about the fascinating backstory behind Sting's stalking classic?
In 2019, Sting received a BMI Award for 'Every Breath You Take', after it became the most played song in radio history. An incredible feat.
What inspired the moody song? Why do people think it's a romantic song? Why was there a fallout between the band over the song?
Here's all you need to know about 'Every Breath You Take':
Police star Sting wrote the song in 1982, and it was later included on the band's fifth and final album Synchronicity, released a year later.
Sting later said: "I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting.
"It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control."
He said: "One couple told me 'Oh we love that song; it was the main song played at our wedding!' I thought, 'Well, good luck'.
"I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly and people have actually misinterpreted it as being a gentle little love song, when it's quite the opposite."
The demo was recorded in an eight-track suite in London's Utopia studios and featured Sting singing over a Hammond organ.
A few months later, he presented it to his bandmates in Montserrat. While recording, Andy Summers came up with a guitar part inspired by Béla Bartók, that would later become the famous riff, and played it in one take.
He was asked to put guitar onto a simple backing track, with Sting offering no directive beyond "make it your own."
Summers later said: "This was a difficult one to get, because Sting wrote a very good song, but there was no guitar on it. He had this Hammond organ thing that sounded like Billy Preston.
"It certainly didn't sound like the Police, with that big, rolling synthesiser part. We spent about six weeks recording just the snare drums and the bass. It was a simple, classic chord sequence, but we couldn't agree how to do it.
"I'd been making an album with Robert Fripp, and I was kind of experimenting with playing Bartok violin duets and had worked up a new riff. When Sting said 'go and make it your own', I went and stuck that lick on it, and immediately we knew we had something special."
Copeland said: "In my humble opinion, this is Sting's best song with the worst arrangement. I think Sting could have had any other group do this song and it would have been better than our version — except for Andy's brilliant guitar part.
"Basically, there's an utter lack of groove. It's a totally wasted opportunity for our band. Even though we made gazillions off of it, and it's the biggest hit we ever had."
The Police - Every Breath You Take (Official Video)
Singer Richard Marx once said: "The first video I watched over and over was 'Every Breath You Take'. It was like seeing a Bergman film.
"Directors usually spelled out every word of the lyrics in a video, but this was the first video I knew that didn't do that. It was abstract."
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Summers said: "And I mean, it’s very flattering. I guess everybody likes it. You can work yourself up into a fury about 'Why am I not getting paid for it?'.
"The Puff Daddy one was weird for me, because, I mean, what do you use with the guitar riff? He actually sampled my guitar, and that’s what he based his whole track on. Stewart’s not on it. Sting’s not on it.
"I’d be walking round Tower Records, and the f**king thing would be playing over and over. It was very bizarre while it lasted."