From the Stacks

From The Stacks: The Police, ‘De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da’ (Foreign Language Single)

You don’t get to be the biggest band in the world by ignoring huge swaths of the world.

Many American music fans don’t know that some of their favorite songs were recorded in several languages for various global markets. It’s true: You can hear Diana Ross singing in German, Stevie Wonder in Italian, and, in this case, Sting wailing in both Japanese and Spanish.


What makes “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” such a charming selection for the foreign language treatment is the juxtaposition of sound and sense. The track is all about communication, after all, or more specifically what happens when we’re so tongue tied that language is reduced to unintelligible syllables. Hearing that familiar song in an unfamiliar tongue makes that message even more poignant.

There are a couple of versions of this interesting single floating around–the one pictured here and another with a Zenyatta Mondatta picture sleeve. Either way you go, expect to pay around five bucks and don’t go over $10 unless you want to feel like a sucker. Happy hunting.


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