De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (4:09)

Cover of The Very Best of Sting and The Police

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“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” is a song by The Police, released as a single in December 1980. It was the second single from the album Zenyattà Mondatta and a top ten hit in the United Kingdom and the United States, reaching number five on the UK Singles Chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
According to Sting, the song is about the attraction that people have to simple songs:

I was trying to make an intellectual point about how the simple can be so powerful. Why are our favourite songs ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’? In the song, I tried to address that issue. But everyone said, ‘This is bullshit, child’s play.’ No one listened to the lyrics. Listen to the lyrics. I’m going to remake it again and put more emphasis on what I was talking about.
—Sting, Rolling Stone, 2/1988
The song was prominently featured in the 1982 film, The Last American Virgin, and on its soundtrack. AFI covered this song live, and Incubus has performed their single Stellar as a medley with this song live.
The B side, “A Sermon”, was written by Stewart Copeland. Copeland played most of the guitar as well, including the intro riff, while Summers can be heard in the middle of the song.

B-side “A Sermon” (UK)
“Friends” (US)
Released 5 December 1980
Format Vinyl record (7”)
Recorded 1980
Genre New Wave
Length 4:09
Label A&M - AMS 9110
Writer(s) Sting


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