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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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Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now (1983)

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I list this song with trepidation. More synth pop from 1983, by which time Thompson Twins had reduced to a trio: Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway. The three of them contributed to a sound that filled radio play and dance floors, but it made for a really awkward, swaying moments; or maybe that was just me. Listening to ‘Hold Me Now’ today, I can hear more than a touch of The Police during that chant half way through.

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The Police – Bring On The Night (1979)

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A last bit of nostalgia before we kick on with things next week… I’ve been relistening to quite a bit of Radiohead’s In Rainbows this week. It has struck me how much the guitar work on ‘Reckoner’ is like Andy Summers’ elaborate playing on ‘Bring On the Night’. The song featured on The Police’s 1979 long player Reggatta De Blanc. Andy Summers – there’s a name from the past. Have a great weekend.

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Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (2012)

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No mention of 2012 can exclude the ubiquitous sound of Wouter De Backer, a Belgian-born Australian who goes by the stage name Gotye. Released in February, Making Mirrors is Gotye’s third studio album and includes the hit ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ featuring Kimbra. He wrote and produced the song in his parents’ barn in Australia and duly created one of the biggest-selling digital singles of all time. The vocal sound draws comparisons to The Police and Peter Gabriel, which will please those that own their back catalogue.

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