I just finished watching the Summer Olympic Games, and there were two well-known athletes who stated that these would be their last Olympics. Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps were already well-decorated Olympians before these games; by the time they ended both were considered all-time greats in their respective sports. In sports, there are few athletes who quit while they are on top. Most either are told to move on before they are ready, some can’t resist going away and come back, and others hang around too long.
In the case of one rock band from the 1980s, they broke up at the peak of their fame. At the time of their breakup, the band was considered the biggest group in rock. In just a few short years, they went from being critical darlings, to pop hitmakers, to the greatest band in music. Then internal discord and disagreements conspired to send the members their separate ways.
That group was The Police. I could have chosen a bunch of their songs, but I will go with “Wrapped Around Your Finger” as today’s 80’s song.
“Wrapped Around Your Finger” has the distinction of being the last single released by the band from their last studio album, Synchronicity. It wasn’t their last single; some abomination called “Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86” followed two years after the band’s last album. The group had reunited to make some new music, but it turned out that all they came up with was a re-make of a song that was a hit just six years before. The less I speak of the “Roxanne” remake Puff Daddy put his name to, the better.
Synchronicity also has a distinction with me in that I used someone else’s copy of the album to find out how much I enjoyed it. My future brother-in-law had the album and let me borrow the cassette tape. I think I played it every day until he begged to get it back. Once I gave it back to him, I finally got my own copy; though if I didn’t have to give it back I would have kept it.
The Police released five studio albums during their run, and they are one of the few groups that you can say that each album proved to be better than the one before. Though they did get back together for a reunion tour in 2007-2008, the band called it quits as soon as the tour ended. Throughout the time in between the breakup and the reunion tour, the guys would get together off and on, in different settings.
As many people know, once the band split up Sting had an amazing second run as a solo artist, selling millions of records worldwide. Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland also did solo projects and worked with other musicians, even if they were not as wildly successful as Sting was, they had good careers outside of The Police.
I hope you enjoy “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” and as always thanks for reading and listening.