Zenyatta Mondatta is the third studio album by The Police, released in October 1980.
It reached #1 in both Australia and the U.K. In the U.S. the album spent almost three years on the charts and peaked at #5. It features the two hit singles: “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”.
Stewart Copeland has claimed that the group arrived at the album’s title after deciding it should roll off the tongue.
“Zenyatta Mondatta are invented words. It doesn’t have a specific meaning like ‘Police Brutality’ or ‘Police Arrest’, or anything predictable like that.”
The album won two Grammy Awards including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal , and The Police’s second consecutive win for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Behind My Camel”- guitarist Andy Summers’ first entirely self-penned composition.
The album is the last of the Police’s early era, influenced by reggae & punk and featuring few musical elements on top of the core guitar, bass, and drums.
Zenyatta Mondatta also saw the band’s lyrics turning towards political events, with Sting’s “Driven to Tears” commenting on poverty and Copeland’s “Bombs Away” referring to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Join PodCloud1 during October the month of its original release, as we ‘Revisit a Classic’ in its entirety- “Zenyatta Mondatta” by The Police.
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1. Don’t Stand So Close to Me
2. Driven to Tears
3. When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around
4. Canary in a Coalmine
5. Voices Inside My Head
6. Bombs Away
7. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
8. Behind My Camel
9. Man in a Suitcase
10. Shadows in the Rain
11. The Other Way of Stopping
Jerry Moss, co-founder of A&M Records, named his champion racehorse Zenyatta after this album.
A different album is featured every month on PodCloud1’s Revisiting The Classics