Catching up on forty years. 1980: Don’t Stand So Close To Me – The Police
If one song summed up a 1980 school playground it was The Police’s Don’t Stand So Close To Me. I remember when it went to number one and the conversations buzzing around. The taboo of staff and pupil crushes. For the literary astute,a reference to Lolita. For the rest of us, a chance to run around at breaks for weeks afterwards chanting Don’t Stand So Close To Me! Sometimes, a hit’s success really is as simple as that…
This is a classic pop song for the simpering opening (totally ruined by the later remix), the great guitar work and of course, the infectious chorus. The Police were the masters of infection – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Message in A Bottle, Walking On The Moon – if not maybe De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.
And, of course a special prize for everyone’s favourite lyric.
It’s no use, he sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by Nabokov.
And, they really really don’t make videos as simple as this. A few props so you think they might be teachers, a large empty room with a step ladder and three men prancing around.
Also rans in 1980 include Back in Black by AC/DC; Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen; Enola Gay by OMD; Turning Japanese by The Vapors and David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes. And so so many more that year…
Best forgotten – Dennis Waterman’s I Could Be So Good For You. In fact, I have already forgotten it…