Former Police frontman Sting and producer Dave Audé have shared the official remix of their 1980 hit “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” sending out a message on the importance of social distancing.
The song is about a schoolgirl’s crush on her teacher and the subsequent affair that leads to “strong words in the classroom.”
The original version of the song, which was part of the band’s Zenyatta Mondatta LP, rose to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1981. It topped the U.K. pop charts, and was the best-selling single of 1980 in the U.K.
In April, Sting joined The Roots and Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” for a distanced rendition of the song, with the crew using some household objects as percussion and each one recording their part separately in their homes.
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