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The Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger (1983)

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‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ was the second single off The Police’s fifth, final and most successful album Synchronicity. Written by Sting, it was never going to be one of Andy Summers’s favourite tracks, but he still got to play around with his trademark effects, even when playing second fiddle.

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Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (1975)

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Paul Simon again

Over a decade before ‘Englishman In New York’, and nearly two before Sting sang ‘Shape Of My Heart’, Paul Simon was using similar chords, arrangements and a much larger slab of humour when explaining there must be ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’. From his album Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon would also favour a classic percussion intro rather than the more righteous acoustic intro favoured by the Geordie. Written after Simon’s divorce from first wife Peggy Harper, the song’s advice to a husband on ways to end a relationship is intentionally upbeat.

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