The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
A&M  (1980)
General Pop, New Wave

In Collection
#118
LP  38:16
11 tracks
01 Don't Stand So Close To Me             04:04
02 Driven To Tears             03:20
03 When The World Is Running Down             03:38
04 Canary In A Coalmine             02:26
05 Voices Inside My Head             03:53
06 Bombs Away             03:09
07 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da             04:09
08 Behind My Camel             02:54
09 Man In A Suitcase             02:19
10 Shadows In The Rain             05:02
11 The Other Way Of Stopping             03:22
Personal Details
Details
UPC (Barcode) 606949365424
Medie LP
Spars DDD
Sound Stereo
Musicians
Drums and Percussion Stewart Copeland
Acoustic Guitar Andy Summers
Bass Guitar Sting
Credits
Producer Nigel Gray; The Police
Engineer Nigel Gray
Notes
Released October 1980 The stage was set for The Police to become one of the 80's biggest acts, and the band delivered with their classic 1980 release 'Zenyatta Mondatta.' The album proved to be the trio's 2nd straight #1 album in the U.K., while peaking at #3 in the U.S. Arguably the best Police album (perhaps second only to 'Synchronicity'), 'Zenyatta' contains perhaps the quintessential new wave anthem, the haunting "Don't Stand So Close To Me, " the story of an older teacher lusting after one of his students. While other tracks follow in the same spooky path (their 2nd Grammy-winning instrumental - "Behind My Camel, " "Shadows in the Rain"), most of the material is upbeat, such as the carefree U.S./U.K. top-10 "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, " "Canary In A Coalmine, " and "Man In A Suitcase." Sting includes his first set of politically charged lyrics in "Driven To Tears, " "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around, " and "Bombs Away, " which all observe the declining state of the world. While Sting would later criticize the album as being not what it could have been (the band was rushed to complete the album to begin another tour), 'Zenyatta Mondatta' remains one of the finest rock albums of all-time. -- Greg Prato, All Music Guide CD Connection Review For their third album, the Police, now official megastars, began to move away from the new wave-reggae hybrid they introduced on their first two releases. There's a bit more funk in the rhythm section on tunes like "Driven To Tears" (a tune that also represents a heightened socio-political bent in the lyrics). Andy Summers' avant-garde roots are also more apparent here, as on the eastern-flavored "Behind My Camel," and the quirky, abstract tone of "Shadows in the Rain." On the ominous-but-catchy "Don't Stand So Close To Me" Sting plays Cole Porter, rhyming "shake and cough" with "Nabokov." The album is best known for the monster hit "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da," ostensibly a nonsense song, but under the surface the lyrics bear a serious message about global alienation and postmodern disaffection.