Amazing to realize that it has been almost forty-five years since The Police copped their first hit album in America with their third effort, Zenyatta Mondatta. On their first U.S.tour in early 1979, the three members of The Police, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, & Sting arrived for their first interview at Memphis radio ROCK 103 studio in a station wagon. Barely 15 months later they returned to take me to lunch, except this time they were in a chauffeur-driven limousine.
It seems that stardom for The Police had occurred in the UK after the release of their second album Reggatta de Blanc , but mainstream popularity in the U.S. still eluded them. Thinking aloud during this classic rock interview, main songwriter Sting remarked rhetorically, “I wonder what it would take to write a hit song in America? The idea appeals to me.” So when the third Police album Zenyatta Mondatta appeared barely ten months later in October 1980, containing the hits “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, “When the World Is Running Down”, “Driven to Tears”, & “De Do Do Do”, I had to smile and admit to myself that Sting certainly did not take long to figure that out. – Redbeard