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Can't Stand Losing You by The Police
Album: Outlandos d'AmourReleased: 1978Charted:
This song is about a teenager who commits suicide when he loses his girlfriend. It took Sting only a few minutes to write the lyrics - they are not supposed to be deep and meaningful, but more of a joke.
A track from the band's first album, this was the second single The Police released, following "Roxanne
This was the first Police song to chart: it hit #42 in the UK when it was released in 1978. A year later, after The Police became widely known, it was re-released and went to #2.
The single came with some interesting artwork: a picture of a hooded body hanging from a rope, indicating the boy in the song who killed himself. The hooded boy is the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. (thanks, Jeff - Kendall Park, NJ)
The BBC banned this because of its morbid content.
The single was released in a variety of different colors, which have become collector's items.
used a processor called an Echoplex on his guitar. The device allowed him to continuously loop his guitar licks, creating a layered sound.
At live shows, The Police would improvise the middle of this to fill time, since they didn't have a lot of songs. The improvised jam eventually turned into the song "Reggatta De Blanc," which became the title track to their next album.