80’s Mania Mondays: He Starts To Shake And Cough/Song A Day Challenge (Day 1)

Today’s 80’s Mania Monday post is going to be a post with a twist. Last week, I was nominated for the A Song A Day Challenge by the fun, fabulous Lennon Carlyle over at the Fabulous With Glitches blog. Lennon makes Mondays and Wednesdays start off with a good laugh, but she can be serious too. She’s also known to write about her love of cars and yes, music. If you haven’t already, check her out (the blog, I mean). As for the challenge, I thought to myself, this is a no-brainer. I write about music just about every day. So, rather than write a separate post for the challenge, I’ll incorporate mine into the daily theme posts I normally write.

Before I start this adventure, a few rules:

  • Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
  • Post the name of the song and video.
  • Post what the lyrics mean to you (optional).
  • Nominate two different bloggers each day of the challenge.

I can definitely do the first two. The last one, I think I’ll pass. Most of the people I would nominate have already done this or have been nominated by other people I follow. If you haven’t done it, go for it! Let’s see what you come up with.

You’ve reached the age of 50. You’re dating again after a breakup of a long relationship. You find someone you are compatible with. You enjoy their company, so much so that you start to date exclusively. When you become a couple, what phrase do you use to describe your new partner?

Girlfriend/Boyfriend? Seems a little on the young-ish side to me.

Old Lady/Old Man? Seems a little old-sounding to me.

Significant Other? Non-gender specific, but probably appropriate.

So, my significant other, aka The Teacher, the better half, asked me yesterday what song was I choosing for my 80’s Mania Monday post today. I asked her to help me come up with a song. She started asking about The Police, and we went back and forth over some songs. Finally she decided, and I agreed that today’s 80’s Mania Monday song had to be “Don’t Stand So Close To Me.”

Thinking about it, it was an obvious choice. She’s a teacher; the song’s about a teacher. Although the teacher has an affair with a younger student, which gets revealed later in the song. Hoping she didn’t make the choice from prior experience…anyways…Sting used his school teaching experience to write the song, as well as his love of the book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” was the second U.S. single released from the group’s third album Zenyatta Mondatta. Just like the first one (“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da) it peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. It also won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Those two songs were the first two top ten singles by the band, but the best was yet to come. However, the song was remade in 1986, with far less success. The new version only made it to number 46 on the pop chart that year. They probably should have left well enough alone. But if you must reminisce about that version of the song, here you go:

A shout out and a thank you to The Teacher, for picking the song and providing the inspiration for today’s post. Also, thanks again to Lennon Carlyle for picking me for the challenge. If you have memories to share of either, or both versions of this Police classic, let’s see them in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and listening.

15 Replies to “80’s Mania Mondays: He Starts To Shake And Cough/Song A Day Challenge (Day 1)”

  1. Well, I am a huge Sting & Police fan from way back. This song & vid bring back specific memories.
    Sting always had this look like he was up to something. It made him kind of sexy in a soulful way.
    Time to jump in the DeLorean! Thanks, T. Wayne!

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  2. Loved this song back in the day… never knew what it was about. You know how sometimes you just dance to the beat of a catchy tune without really hearing the lyrics? So your commentary was enlightening on many levels. Sting was a school teacher-turned-musician? Like, one day he was wearing a tie and carrying a briefcase full of papers to grade, and the next, he got a record deal and gave his notice to the school and never looked back? And the suggestion that this might have been based on personal experience further blows my mind. Anyway, T Wayne, thanks to you and your significant other for resurrecting this one and setting me straight. 🙂

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    1. In those days, Joan, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to pay attention to lyrics! Like you, I often just danced without thinking…the old “I like it, it has a good beat and you can dance to it” theory. Sting walked back the autobiographical aspect of it, but he did say that he was influenced by his time as a teacher.

      The Teacher and I say you’re welcome!

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    1. Ah Kim, I’m sure you weren’t the only one. It’s a great song, from a band with a ton of great songs. Sting’s songwriting often went over my head with his literary references, but they were still great songs when you heard them. Glad you loved this song.

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  3. Very nice choice TEACH!
    Twin, you tickled me with the whole “What do we call ourselves” thing!
    None of the ones listed seemed appropriate. I vote for taking the “old” off of “lady” and “man” and just kinda go with referring to her as your lady….
    Thus saith Lady G! LOL!
    So let it be written, so let it be done! LOL!!!
    The stone tablets are being updated as we speak! ROTFLMAO….
    By the way, you will be hearing more from The Police on my blog tomorrow….I won’t give much more than that away 🙂

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  4. So it is….thanks, Twin! My lady thanks you as well…a big smile went across her face when I showed her this comment.

    I’ll be looking out for that post, as you well know!


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