It’s the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first Sting solo best-of, Fields of Gold.  “Basically, misinformation is the most frightening aspect about American culture. People only get the information that confirms their prejudices. The opposing viewpoint isn’t really easy to find.”

Sting made that observation to Spin  writer Vic Garbarini, not echoing the conclusions of US intelligence agencies in the last three years, but rather presciently predicting it thirty years ago! This was in conjunction with Sting’s sophomore solo release in October 1987,…Nothing Like the Sun,  which followed up his first post-Police effort entitled The Dream of the Blue Turtles.

In spite of challenging his considerable fan base with a crack band of jazzers including Branford Marsalis, nevertheless  Sting’s pop songcraft permitted several hits to surface from …Blue Turtles  including “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” and “Fortress Around Your Heart”. …Nothing Like the Sun  continued that musical direction with “Be Still My Beating Heart”,”Englishman in New York”, and the #7 “We’ll Be Together” resulting in the album’s debut at #1 in the UK, a #9 peak in sales stateside, garnering three Grammy nominations including Album of the Year, and eventually selling an estimated eighteen million copies worldwide.

In this In The Studio  classic rock interview, Sting covers a lot of ground , including paying his dues pre-Police by playing in cabarets and backing stand-up comedians ; the pejorative term “Third World countries” and the conundrum of developing nations ; the alarming lack of heroes in our society today , and the failure of politicians to provide leadership ; ecology , global warming , and threat of pandemic disease ; how fatherhood changed his relationship with his own father ; losing both parents at the height of international stardom; his favorite pop songwriter ; the Nordic myth that inspired “The Soul Cages” ; and the satisfaction Sting derives from writing such timeless songs as “Roxanne”, “Message in a Bottle”,”Every Breath You Take”,”King of Pain”, “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”,”Fortress Around Your Heart”,“All This Time”,”If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”,”Fields of Gold”,” and “Brand New Day”.-Redbeard