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.