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The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 2nd, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

A. Front

“Don’t Stand So Close to Me” is a 1980 song and hit single by the British rock band The Police. It concerns a schoolgirl’s crush on her young teacher which leads to an affair, which in turn is discovered. The Police won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for this song.

In 1986, a re-recorded version of the song was released as “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86”. The song was re-recorded in 1986 with a new, brooding arrangement, a different chorus and a more opulent production. The new version appeared as “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86” on the album Every Breath You Take: The Singles, and was released as a single, reaching number 24 in the British charts. It also reached number 11 in Ireland, number 14 in New Zealand, number 19 on the Netherlands MegaCharts Singles Chart (number 20 on Dutch Top 40), number 27 in Canada and number 46 on Billboard Hot 100 (number 10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks).

Because of the decrease in tempo, a slight lyric change is found in the line “Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov” (the word ‘famous’ was added). A new music video was produced for the reworked song by Godley and Creme, notable for its early use of animated computer graphics.

Because drummer Stewart Copeland had broken his collarbone and was unable to drum, he opted to use his Fairlight CMI to program the drum track for the single. While singer/bassist Sting pushed to utilize the drums on his Synclavier instead, the group’s engineer found the Synclavier’s programming interface difficult—and it ended up taking him two days to complete the task. Copeland ultimately finished the drum programming and claimed that the Fairlight’s then-legendary “Page R” (the device’s sequencing page) saved his life and put him on the map as a composer. In a Qantas inflight radio program named “Reeling in the Years”, Copeland was quoted as saying that the argument over Synclavier versus Fairlight drums was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” and that this led to the group’s unraveling.

As the Police had already disbanded by the time the 1986 single was released, this, aside from the then-unreleased “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da ’86,” was the last recording before the band’s reunion and the most recent studio recording the band has released.

SIDE A:
Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 (Dance Mix) 6:24
Producer – Laurie Latham, Police, The

Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 4:51
Producer – Laurie Latham, Police, The

SUDE B:
Don’t Stand So Close To Me (Original Version) 4:00
Producer – Nigel Gray, Police, The

Don’t Stand So Close To Me (Live) 4:01
Mixed By – Kim Turner

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1986 Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #46
1986 Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #10

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: A&M Records ‎– AMY 354
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1986
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock

CREDITS:
Mastered By – Timtom*
Photography By – Peter Mountain
Written-By – Sting

NOTES:
Track A2 taken from the forthcoming compilation album
“Every Breath You Take – The Singles”

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B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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36 Responses to “The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 (UK 12″)”

  1. omar Says:

    Thankyou Paul. Love most of Sting’s solo work as well.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  2. Jeff Says:

    Paul, I love how you find such things. Never heard this before and I’m delighted that there’s a dance mix coupled with the single mix and original song mix. Wow! It boggles my mind how you keep track of all you have and that you take such excellent care of your vinyl. Even some of the disc jockeys I know don’t take the care you do. This is something that singles you out for me. Man, I love BTG just so much. Every time I think of you and your site, I get all fired-up because it’s so perfect here. I can’t rave enough about you Paul. You are a DEITY in my book!!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am very happy to introduce this one to you Jeff. Enjoy!

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  3. NKelly Says:

    Awesome much rarer 1986 mixes. Fantastic!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy! Neil 🙂

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  4. ex15 Says:

    Now I have this from another site, in vinyl rip.

    But this really does sound better..

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ex15 :0

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  5. woz Says:

    A fantastic 12″! Thank you, Paul!

    I always thought it was more than interesting that this song was a hit, despite the subject matter. What is everyone connecting and singing along with exactly?

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    The Doctor Reply:

    Well… when you get right down to it, a lot of people don’t really listen to lyrics, or pay attention to what they’re saying. (I once knew a woman who was convinced that Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” was all about what a wonderfully romantic thing it was to marry your high-school sweetheart. Truly, the mind doth boggle.) Consider how many people think “Every Breath You Take” is a love song, and how many weddings and anniversaries it’s been played at over the years…

    I think a lot of people don’t actually recognize the reference to “that book by Nabokov”, and assume the characters in the song are older than they actually are. If they’re thinking that the girl is 17 and the teacher is in his 30s, then the fact that she’s “half his age” doesn’t sound nearly as creepy to them as it would to someone who does recognize the reference and realize that the song is talking about a girl who’s 12 or 13 and a teacher in his 20s.

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  6. David Says:

    OK Paul, Now you’re showing off! Thanks for the post and a BIG thanks for taking the time. I sometimes wonder if people realize how much of your time this takes. Well I truly appreciate it. This is my absolute favorite page on the web.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It does take a massive amount of my time David but well worth the joy I see in my readers 🙂

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  7. Rob G Says:

    Thank you!!! I know I’m the odd duck… but I absolutely love the remix 86 version. Sure the original is classic, but this version has this creepy looking back sad vibe to it, and the vocal layering and *gasp* thanks 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I abree Rob this version is much sexier and a bit sleezy 🙂

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  8. CL Says:

    Thanks DJ

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂

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  9. VanceMan Says:

    I had no idea that there was a dance mix of this version; to be honest, I’m not sure why there was one either but I appreciate that you’ve made it available. I always thought it was an interesting contrast between the original and this version as an explanation of what “production” can mean in recorded music.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your comment VanceMan 🙂

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  10. Chris Says:

    October/November, freshman year of college this came out. Loved the remix, even though so many of my friends hated it. Had to buy the UK version of the Singles compilation that Christmas because it had “So Lonely” on it and the US version didn’t.

    Thanks for bringing up the great memories, Paul. As always, keep up the good work.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Chris. Enjoy!

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  11. gonzalo76 Says:

    FANTASTIC post!!!
    Thank you so much Paul!!!
    BR
    Gonzalo

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gonzalo76 🙂

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  12. Mike C. Says:

    Great post. Great week of posts. Can’t wait for Friday! Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Mike C 🙂

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  13. George Says:

    I’ve never heard the remix,but know of and have heard both versions. Not sure how true this story is,but I’ve heard the only reason “Every Breath You Take: The Singles” exists is because,at the time of Stewart’s horse riding accident,they were preparing to record a brand new album,which was to include the remake of “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”,but they only barely got that track completed.

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  14. KEVolution! Says:

    a classic from my youth! can’t wait to hear the remixes!

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  15. Joey Says:

    Thanks again Paul, an amazing week: this is a cool one that has been nearly forgotten and needed rescuing. This one always felt more like a Sting project rather than a real Police record. They just seemed so much ooolder by 1986, back when 3 years really meant something significant in the musical environment. The cover always reminded me of a funeral photo, just a feeling of “the end”. Still a good record, but so 80’s it would have really had a different feel if Stuart Copeland hadn’t broken his leg and resorted to being somewhat replaced by electric drums.

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    Greg Reply:

    Joey, I agree with you. As I said in my post, this version had a sense of finality draped all over it. It did feel like Sting was more of the centerpiece for this then a Police project, even the video reflected this from images from Sting’s solo vids interspersed with the Police images to the final shot with Andy and Stewart fading out leaving Sting alone.

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  16. Soundstory Says:

    Hey Paul,

    Yet another brilliant choice !!

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  17. CakeSaint Says:

    DJ PaulT,

    This is a wonderful archive release that would have otherwise not seen the light of day. I have to commend you for preserving this type of item for us, all around the world. Your vinyl ripping skills are absolutely unrivaled and your library seems to be unending. Many thanks from Japan!

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  18. Mike Says:

    Never knew there was an 86 version of de do do do till this post, muted version, wonder whether they planned to do them all? Thanks!

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  19. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul. I only had this on mp3 until now.

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  20. Greg Says:

    Oh, Paul how I love this site. I first discovered this version through the video on MTV (the main source for any new artists and music I discovered back then) and was blown away by it. This version always had a sense of finality to it for me; that somehow the band knew this would be the last time they would be recording together; even the video seemed to reflect that with Sting, Andy and Stewart all standing side by side but seemingly aloof to each other. I snagged the US single as soon as I found it and still have it today. Now, to discover another mix of this is just perfect. Thank you making this audio geek’s day at least once a month for the last 3 years!

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  21. Stephen Says:

    I may be the only follower of yours old enough to have lived through this period (eeeeeeek!), but while I knew about the bad blood in the band which caused the split, the detail about the fight over the drum machines is a new one to me. Lovely tidbit. It takes following musical posts to a completely different level.

    Thanks for the (obvious) huge amount of work you put into each post. From the careful recording and settings of the rip, through to the immaculate background information. Your curatorial ear is exquisite.

    Thank you Paul – you’re a treasure!

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  22. Grant Says:

    Thank you soooo much for this!

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  23. Matt Says:

    Many thanks for this one. One of the best 12″ singles of the 80’s

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