STING – Codeword Elvis

Band The Police is associated with New Wave, not German experimental music. But in first year of existence, Sting and Summers recorded full album with Eberhard Schoener. Their music was more comparable to Tangerine Dream or so. The sessions went well, Eberhard invited them back for a second the next year. They agreed to play the role of backing band for electronic musician because The Police needed money and did the job. The results of sessions came out in Germany as Eberhard Schoener albums included “Video Flashback” will give an idea of what The Police would sound like without their songwriting. They are augmented by an avant-garde orchestra and Sting handles all the vocals. In January 1979 after the success of Outlandos d’Amour album, Sting was visiting Schoener. They went out on a Schnapps drinking session. Next morning, Sting awoke and tried to clear his head. He began pacing up and down the room, humming and muttering to himself, “Walking round the room, I hope my legs don’t break .. walking round the room”. The rest is history (nDy) 
Sting, salah satu musisi dgn karakter dan intelegensi tinggi, juga sangat populer. Aku pertama kenal dan langsung naksir Sting saat SMP tahun 82an lewat hits The Police, De do do do De da da da. Dunia menggelar sbg pembaharu musik SKa, pondasi New Wave. “Aku terlalu tua untuk main Punk, tapi juga kemudaan digelar Rockers. Maka kami bikin musik dgn gaya sendiri”, kata Sting. Aku nyaris hapal semua lagu2 mereka, saat nge-band di SMA kuberi nama De Plokis. Sting makin favorit setelah merilis album solo berikut kiprah humanisnya. Setelah merasa paham dgn musik Sting dan The Police, aku nemu rahasia lain saat awal koleksi YESS di Bandung era 86an. Berupa album Video Magic milik komposer Jerman, Eberhard Schoener. Ternyata Sting pernah terlibat Krautrock saat The Police masih miskin dan butuh pamor sebelum era 78an. Sayangnya amat minim info terkait lagu memakai nama Elvis yg ditulis Schoener. Selain lirik terasa pas dgn kondisi prihatin tapi optimis saat itu. Codewords Elvis memang hanya dikenal di kalangan kolektor, khususnya diburu oleh fans Sting. (nDy)

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