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Encyclopedia > Zenyatta Mondatta
Zenyatta Mondatta
Zenyatta Mondatta cover
Album by The Police
Released October 1980
Recorded July 7, 1980 - August 7, 1980
Genre New Wave
Length 38:16
Label A&M
Producer(s) The Police,
Nigel Gray
Professional reviews
The Police chronology
Regatta de Blanc
(1979)
Zenyatta Mondatta
(1980)
Ghost in the Machine
(1981)

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Written during the band's second tour and recorded in just four weeks (minus several days for a short tour of the Netherlands), the album is often regarded as one of their best works. However, the band members themselves have often expressed disappointment over it, going so far as to re-record two songs during a brief, unsuccessful reunion. Drummer Stewart Copeland, who contributed the songs "Bombs Away" and "The Other Way of Stopping", said about the time pressures: Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is a professional American musician. ...


"We had bitten off more than we could chew. We finished the album at 4 a.m. on the day we were starting our next world tour... It was cutting it very fine."


Nevertheless, Zenyatta Mondatta went to #5 in the U.S. and #1 in the U.K., spurred by the success of the Sting-penned singles "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da". It would later receive glowing reviews from re-assessments in Rolling Stone and Q Magazine, among others. In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... The Rolling Stone logo, designed by Rick Griffin. ... Q magazine is a music and entertainment magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ...


As alluded to by Copeland, the Police embarked on a tour of the world the day of the album's completion, beginning in Belgium and reaching places such as India and Egypt.


The album itself is the last of the Police's early era, influenced by reggae and punk and featuring few musical elements on top of the core guitar, bass, and drums. Perhaps due to the lack of time for writing lyrics, the record has three instrumentals, "Voices Inside My Head", "The Other Way of Stopping", and the Grammy-winning "Behind My Camel". The latter was guitarist Andy Summers' first entirely self-penned composition, and it was not popular with the other members of the band. According to Sting, "I hated that song so much that, one day when I was in the studio, I found the tape lying on the table. So I took it around the back of the studio and actually buried it in the garden." Allegedly, Sting was so uninterested in the piece that he refused to play it. Andy Summers managed to coax Stewart Copeland into recording the bit as a duo, and then overdubbed the bass line himself. One can notice that the bass does sound different in this recording when compared to the rest of the album. Since the recording later won the band a Grammy award, it created an amusing situation where Sting would receive an award for a performance he actually did not make. An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or piece without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ...


Zenyatta Mondatta is also notable for containing the first lyrics referring to political events, with Sting's "Driven To Tears" commenting on poverty and Copeland's "Bombs Away" referencing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. These themes would become more prevalent in the Police's next album, Ghost in the Machine. Soviet redirects here. ... For other uses, please see Ghost in the Machine (disambiguation) Ghost in the Machine is the fourth album by The Police, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ...

Contents


Track listing

  1. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (Sting) - 4:04
  2. "Driven to Tears" (Sting) - 3:20
  3. "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around" (Sting) - 3:38
  4. "Canary in a Coalmine" (Sting) - 2:26
  5. "Voices Inside My Head" (Sting) - 3:53
  6. "Bombs Away" (Copeland) - 3:09
  7. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" (Sting) - 4:09
  8. "Behind My Camel" (Summers) - 2:54
  9. "Man in a Suitcase" (Sting) - 2:19
  10. "Shadows in the Rain" (Sting) - 5:02
  11. "The Other Way of Stopping" (Copeland) - 3:22

Dont Stand So Close to Me is a famous song and hit single by the British pop group The Police. ...

Personnel

Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... Bass guitars typically have four strings instead of six as found on regular guitars. ... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is a professional American musician. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Andy Summers, 1996 Andy Summers was born Andrew James Summers on December 31, 1942 in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ...

Production

  • Producers: The Police, Nigel Gray
  • Engineer: Nigel Gray
  • Re-mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Art direction: Michael Ross
  • Design: Michael Ross, Simon Ryan
  • Photography: Watalu Asanuma, Janette Beckman, Adrian Boot, Miles Copeland, Anton Corbijn, Danny Quatrochi, Michael Ross, Kim Turner
  • Cover photo: Janette Beckman

Charts

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Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 5
1983 The Billboard 200 129

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" Pop Singles 10
1981 "Don't Stand So Close To Me" Mainstream Rock 11
1981 "Don't Stand So Close To Me" Pop Singles 10
1981 "Driven To Tears" Mainstream Rock 35
1981 "Voices Inside My Head/When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around" Club Play Singles 3

Awards

Grammy Awards Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

Year Winner Category
1981 "Behind My Camel" Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1981 "Don't Stand So Close to Me" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

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Zenyatta Mondatta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (646 words)
Zenyatta Mondatta is the third album by The Police, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music).
Written during the band's second tour and recorded in just four weeks (minus several days for a short tour of the Netherlands), the album is often regarded as one of their best works.
Zenyatta Mondatta is also notable for containing the first lyrics referring to political events, with Sting's "Driven To Tears" commenting on poverty and Copeland's "Bombs Away" referencing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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