Are you ready for a bit of The Police / Sting trivia? I hope you are, since one day, you’ll be doing trivia at a bar, having a beer or two and it could come up!
Prior to his days in the Police, Sting had spent time as a secondary school teacher for English and Mathematics, and his work with the band reflects his literary awareness. For example, material on the album Ghost in the Machine was inspired by the writings of Arthur Koestler, and the Police’s final studio album Synchronicity was influenced by the writings of Carl Jung.
Sting also peppers his songs with literary allusions: the song “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” mentions Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita; the song “Tea in the Sahara” alludes to the novel The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles; and the song “Wrapped Around Your Finger” refers both to the sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis, from Greek mythology, and to Mephistopheles, from the German legend of Faust.
Once Upon a Daydream
Wrapped Around Your Finger
Tea in the Sahara (Live)