Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Complete Geek

Do any of you remember the episode of Friends where Monica got the great boots, but they hurt her feet so bad Chandler had to carry her? At the same time, Phoebe finds out that Sting will be performing shortly in NY, but the concert is sold out. She then learns that Ross has a connection to the family as his son, Ben, is attending a preschool with Sting's son. She begs Ross to try and get tickets and sings "Ross Can" to the tune of "Roxanne" When that doesn't work out, Phoebe starts stalking Ben's school and pretends to be one of Ben's moms to get into Sting's house. There she meets Trudy Styler who, upon discovering Phoebe's a stalker, tells her "the police are on there way..." Phoebe jumps for joy at the news of a Police reunion. Sadly, such was not to be... Until NOW that is. The Police will perform in Dallas this summer, and M. and I are so there.

I never saw the group and frankly had little interest until Sting went solo. At the time there seemed to be so many crazy, bleach blond, British rock/punk/whatever running around that I didn't bother to differentiate. I was in school, never had any money, and was too busy working, studying, and going to class for much to penetrate the fog of battle.

But Dream of the Blue Turtles was a fine work. From that point on I became the fan girl I am today and passed my devotion on to my only daughter. God bless her, she's learned or tried every cool riff and knows more about the Police compositions than I do. She's slowly built up my CD collections of actual Police albums over the course of Christmases and birthdays. The only two things I'd bought from those days were "Synchronisity" and a "Best Of..."

I'm not sure how I feel about the Police as a group. We're going because it's Sting. It was weird to see him interacting with two musicians who are evidently his peers. Normally, he either performs with someone not part of his band and behaves like they're his guests or simply as the band leader for his employees. Hearing Stewart Copland smarting off at him and Andy Summer sort of laughing, I thought wow. This is going to be something totally new.

Now, I'm going to prove to you what a complete and total nerd I really am.
  1. The first Sting song which interested me was due to his use of alliteration and irony. "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da" juxtaposed to "Poets, priests, and polititions...." Very funny. Also, I loved the use of literary allusion in Wrapped around your Finger " Mephistopheles is not your name....."
  2. I'm a member of "The Official Sting Fan Club"
  3. Membership in the above cost actual money which I pay annually.
  4. I pay the money each year because I get an exclusive CD of Sting stuff and presale on concert tickets.
  5. I remember all the details of the above Friends episode.
  6. I'm willing to go to Dallas.
  7. I actually knew the name of Mrs. Sting
  8. I'm planning to make a playlist this afternoon representing my ideal Police concert set list. Then I'm sharing it with everyone I know. I know at least one person who will actually be interested.
If you think you're a bigger nerd, top that!

R O X A N N E................................S T I N G .........................


Anonymous said...

Your passion for Sting sort of resembles my passion for Baseball.

Star said...

I almost rival your love of Sting. We saw him a few years ago and it was AMAZING. I heart Sting. I would love love love to see The Police because I love them too.

I love that episode of FRIENDS, actually just watched it. Friends, now that is something that very few people can even compete with me about. Christy and I are a little nutty about friends. Just a little (we have all of the DVDs, all of them, the game, trivia books, etc...)

You are going to love the concert!

Rebekah said...

That was a good episode. They are performing here in St. Louis too. I want to take Nick, but he's being stubborn. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

The lyric is, "Poets Priests and Politicians, have words to thank for their positions."

- Mephostopheles is not my name.

DM said...

Thanks for the correction on the typos. Definitely "politicians," definitely "Mephistopheles."

However, quoting from: Lyrics
By Sting. New York: Dial Press, 2007. p. 88

The line is,"Mephistopheles is not your name."

Of course, the source could be in error. Given it is the author's publication of his own lyrics, I take it as a definitive source.

Thanks for the corrections!