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This Police tune was nearly invisible on American radio in the '80s



The winter has been cold, snowy and icy for parts of the country in 2016 and sometimes the weather makes you feel all bleak and wonder if the sun is invisible, a thought shared by one of most popular bands of the '80s - The Police.

In 1981, The Police released Ghost In The Machine that spawned the Top 40 hits Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic and Spirits In The Material World in the U.S. However, in the U.K., The Police opted to release Invisible Sun as the first single off Ghost In The Machine  and the British public responded by sending the single to No. 2 on the charts. Invisible Sun was never released as a single in the U.S., perhaps because of its subject matter of the Irish-English conflict.

While the black and white video has a cold feel to it with brooding silhouettes of Sting and news footage of urban Irish conflict zones, Invisible Sun is actually a song of hope as Sting appreciates and wonders what motivates the poor and war-torn to continue to go about their lives in hope for a better tomorrow? It's not a surprise that the BBC banned the video to give any impression of siding with the Irish Republic.   


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:26pm]


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