Christmas Day lost and found: Police's 'Canary in a Coalmine'
Merry Christmas! On this special day, we unfortunately do not have a partridge in a pear tree, but we do have a Canary in a Coalmine.
Canary in a Coalmine is a non-single track off of The Police's Zenyatta Mondatta (it's a nonsense word) album from 1980. The video is not your standard MTV-promotional video, but taken from The Police's 1983 video release of Around the World that chronicles The Police's world tour in 80-81 in support of their breakout album. The video follows Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers from camel rides by Egyptian pyramids to the ruins of ancient Greece.
In coming full circle on Stuck in the ‘80s, the use of canaries to detect dangerous levels of methane and carbon monoxide in English mines was a common practice that started at the start of the 20th century. In these days of aggressive PETA activism, it's hard to fathom that canaries continued to be used in Great Britain mines until 1987 when canaries were phased out and electronic detection devices took over.