Songs You May Have Missed #540


The Police: “Canary in a Coalmine” (1980)

You could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to the early work of Talking Heads or something by 10cc on your first hearing of this 1980 album track by the Police.

It clocks in at just under two and a half minutes and serves as a reminder that not all the work of the “classic rock” bands needed to be epic and ponderous–or contain a flashy guitar solo for that matter. The lyric here is merely a sketch. It could very well have ended up un the Zenyatta Mondatta cutting room floor as an idea that needed more fleshing out.

Thankfully the band instead let it stand as what it is: a couple minutes’ worth of catchy, idiosyncratic pop rock.

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