Walking On the Moon
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As good as it gets.
Like 'Invisible Sun' I first saw this video during my youth of the day. The video begins with the arrival of the band and it is almost 'ironic' that it is by light aircraft. However, with instruments to hand the song launches into some brilliant and by what I would call 'daring' lyrics by the ever fashionable Sting. Stewart Copeland also delivers some fantastic percussion and the fact that he is seen to be playing against bits of rocket engine and space craft chassis just adds to the whole flavour. Andy Summers is again immaculate with some most excellent guitar chordage which in more ways than one completes the whole Police ' triangle'. Since its release in 1979 I have been fortunate enough to visit Cape Kennedy and to me there was no where on earth more suitable to have shot this video. Coupled with some brilliant footage from NASA this will capture a piece of childhood in everyone so sit back, fasten your seatbelt and prepare your self for take off ! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have done over the years. Laurie, Feb 2009
Things to Come
As H.G. Wells might have put it - "Am I but a repository of Mercury". Of course the Mercury Project ran from 1959 to 1963 with the goal of putting a human in orbit around the Earth. A strange juxtaposition when one considers the music of Sir Arthur Bliss from Things To Come (1936) alongside that of The Police. The film famously predicted the outbreak of World War Two and here we find the group members bing 'intimate' shall we say with rockets - consider the V2 which nearly destroyed London. Listen and appreciate the freedom we have and perhaps take for granted.
As Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C once said "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” and the quality of this video cannot be hidden, the lyrics along with a great bass line is just superb in the ideal setting!!! I have not been to Cape Canaveral but I have launch a home made rocket (made out of a lemonade bottle) to great affect and I can tell you it made me appreciate the song even more. There is a Chinese proverb "When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger” and you would be mad to miss out on this track and video. I leave my fellow reviewers Lau and Phil with this, I think it was Sri Sathya Sai Baba an Indian Spiritual leader, who said "Man is now able to soar into outer space and reach up to the moon; but he is not moral enough to live at peace with his neighbor!” well I say peace on you all and remember to take giant steps. Koreyer Feb 2009.
Formed: 1977 in London, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s
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