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Police Vs U2
« on: May 26, 2016, 09:30:40 AM »
EBYT for me even though I'm not a huge Police fan.  WOWY was one of the very few songs of U2 I skipped.  It has grown on me over the years, but still not anywhere near the top.



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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 09:51:18 AM »
I was never that much of a Police fan but EBYT beats WOWY here - it's just got more.....it is a twisted, sinister song that is just that little bit less obvious and more subtle than WOWY (which isn't a bad song at all by the way to me)

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2016, 10:14:01 AM »
Tough call, as I'm a huge fan of both groups. Both songs create a great, haunting atmosphere and favor simple instrumentation. WOWY speaks to me a bit more, so I'll give it the nod.

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2016, 11:26:25 AM »
I have to go WOWY.  EBW would be the better song, but the lyrics make me want to get a restraining order against Sting. 

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2016, 11:31:51 AM »
WOWY...just because.

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2016, 11:52:24 AM »
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I have to go WOWY.  EBW would be the better song, but the lyrics make me want to get a restraining order against Sting.

I assume you don't mean EBW but EBYT....for me it is those very lyrics and the picture they paint that make it the more striking song - especially given the story behind them.

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2016, 01:21:27 PM »
What's the story behind EBYT, an tha? Please help a Police lay woman!

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2016, 01:33:29 PM »
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What's the story behind EBYT, an tha? Please help a Police lay woman!

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Sting wrote the song in 1982 in the aftermath of his separation from Frances Tomelty and the beginning of his relationship with Trudie Styler. The split was controversial. As The Independent reported in 2006, "The problem was, he was already married to actress Frances Tomelty, who just happened to be Trudie's best friend (Sting and Frances lived next door to Trudie in Bayswater, west London, for several years before the two of them became lovers). The affair was widely condemned." In order to escape from the public eye, Sting retreated in the Caribbean where he started writing the song. The lyrics are the words of a possessive lover who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make".

I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.

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Sting later said he was disconcerted by how many people think the song is more positive than it is. He insists it is about the obsession with a lost lover, and the jealousy and surveillance that follow. "One couple told me 'Oh we love that song; it was the main song played at our wedding!' I thought, 'Well, good luck.'"[10] When asked why he appears angry in the music video Sting told BBC Radio 2, "I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly and people have actually misinterpreted it as being a gentle little love song, when it's quite the opposite"

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2016, 01:41:40 PM »
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Both songs create a great, haunting atmosphere and favor simple instrumentation. WOWY speaks to me a bit more, so I'll give it the nod.

Similar reasons for me. On other days, I could easily vote for EBYT though.

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2016, 01:47:44 PM »
There's a Police influence on SOI, most notably on EBW.

Voted WOWY based on first impressions. As great as EBYT is WOWY blew me away on first listen.

Based on what I'd prefer to spin right now, I'd go EBYT, but only because of being overexposed to WOWY.

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2016, 01:53:36 PM »
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What's the story behind EBYT, an tha? Please help a Police lay woman!

Lifted from wiki...

Sting wrote the song in 1982 in the aftermath of his separation from Frances Tomelty and the beginning of his relationship with Trudie Styler. The split was controversial. As The Independent reported in 2006, "The problem was, he was already married to actress Frances Tomelty, who just happened to be Trudie's best friend (Sting and Frances lived next door to Trudie in Bayswater, west London, for several years before the two of them became lovers). The affair was widely condemned." In order to escape from the public eye, Sting retreated in the Caribbean where he started writing the song. The lyrics are the words of a possessive lover who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make".

I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.

 Sting
Sting later said he was disconcerted by how many people think the song is more positive than it is. He insists it is about the obsession with a lost lover, and the jealousy and surveillance that follow. "One couple told me 'Oh we love that song; it was the main song played at our wedding!' I thought, 'Well, good luck.'"[10] When asked why he appears angry in the music video Sting told BBC Radio 2, "I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly and people have actually misinterpreted it as being a gentle little love song, when it's quite the opposite"

Sinister to a degree, especially when the lyrics turn the tide at the end "Then you'll find your servant is your master, And you'll be wrapped around my finger."

Surprised WOWY has such a commanding lead in the poll.  Figured it would win out, heck, this is a U2 forum, but didn't think it would trounce it.

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2016, 01:54:48 PM »
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What's the story behind EBYT, an tha? Please help a Police lay woman!

Lifted from wiki...

Sting wrote the song in 1982 in the aftermath of his separation from Frances Tomelty and the beginning of his relationship with Trudie Styler. The split was controversial. As The Independent reported in 2006, "The problem was, he was already married to actress Frances Tomelty, who just happened to be Trudie's best friend (Sting and Frances lived next door to Trudie in Bayswater, west London, for several years before the two of them became lovers). The affair was widely condemned." In order to escape from the public eye, Sting retreated in the Caribbean where he started writing the song. The lyrics are the words of a possessive lover who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make".

I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.

 Sting
Sting later said he was disconcerted by how many people think the song is more positive than it is. He insists it is about the obsession with a lost lover, and the jealousy and surveillance that follow. "One couple told me 'Oh we love that song; it was the main song played at our wedding!' I thought, 'Well, good luck.'"[10] When asked why he appears angry in the music video Sting told BBC Radio 2, "I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly and people have actually misinterpreted it as being a gentle little love song, when it's quite the opposite"

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2016, 02:29:50 PM »
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I have to go WOWY.  EBW would be the better song, but the lyrics make me want to get a restraining order against Sting.

I assume you don't mean EBW but EBYT....for me it is those very lyrics and the picture they paint that make it the more striking song - especially given the story behind them.


Yes, sorry... damn acronyms.  I guess the story makes it a bit better, but not much. To just listen to it, I hear the words of a stalker. 
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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2016, 02:35:45 PM »
It is funny, reading that story, about how many people will take either song (and others) as wedding songs regardless of the reality that the lyrics for songs like that are quite dark.  At my own wedding, the dj asked why I didn't want One or WOWY or All I Want is You played since I was a U2 fan.  I told him to read the lyrics some time and think about them.

We used Two Hearts Beat As One as one of our songs and perhaps the only U2 song played at our wedding.

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Re: Police Vs U2
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2016, 03:10:06 PM »
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It is funny, reading that story, about how many people will take either song (and others) as wedding songs regardless of the reality that the lyrics for songs like that are quite dark.  At my own wedding, the dj asked why I didn't want One or WOWY or All I Want is You played since I was a U2 fan.  I told him to read the lyrics some time and think about them.

We used Two Hearts Beat As One as one of our songs and perhaps the only U2 song played at our wedding.

R.E.M. The one i love is a great example of that...

And Born in The USA always makes me laugh how it went over so many heads...