An album-by-album rewatch of Sting's career with The Police and beyond. We mostly make fun of people and laugh at our own dumb jokes, but sometimes we say smart stuff. New episodes every Monday morning until we get through all of his albums (god help us with the more recent stuff). Talk to us about Sting on the internet with #JazzDadsShips. Also, check out our dumb show about Billy Joel, "We Didn't Start the Podcast."
10: Ten Chaucer's Fart Jokes
Like Cnut commanding the tides to recede, Sting brings his band to his new manor house and says "I command thee to make hits!" — only when Sting does it, it actually works. Therefore, Sting > Cnut. Songs discussed include "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," "Fields of Gold," "Shape of My Heart."
9: The Oedipus Cages
The elder Mr. Sumner was kind enough to die, thus breaking Sting’s writer’s block (or did it?), and the daddy-issues tunes came flowing out like so many single tears across a stoic, chiseled face. It’s peak #jazzdadsships. Songs discussed include “All This Time, “The Soul Cages,” “Island of Souls.”
8: ...Nothing Like the Police
As the length of Sting's hair peaks, so does his career as a solo artist, and the people of central America are forever grateful to him for mining their trauma like so much Aztec gold. Songs discussed include "The Lazarus Heart," "Fragile," They Dance Alone."
7: The Dream of the Green Revenues
Sting goes looking for more people to exploit for authenticity and comes up with a crew of American jazz session players whose brilliance he does not deserve. Songs discussed include "Fortress Around Your Heart," "Russians," "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free."
Like a lover who wants to show their soon-to-be-ex what they'll be missing, Sting turns in his finest creative performances to date before promptly giving Stewart and Andy the ol' Irish goodbye. Using our crack forensic team of Claire and Bruce (here on work experience), we create a digital model of what "Every Breath You Take" would have sounded like without Andy's brilliant contributions. Other songs discussed include "King of Pain," "Walking in Your Footsteps," "Synchronicity I."
5: Ghost in the Drum Machine
Donning the shortest men's running shorts that scientists of the time could produce, Sting and the boys headed to the sunny island of Montserrat to produce a feel-good summertime album about . . . Descartes, or something? Shortly thereafter, Montserrat was blanketed in lava and ash as the earth tried desperately to cleanse itself. Songs discussed include "Everything Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "Spirits in the Material World," "Invisible Sun," "Omega Man."
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Each episode is better then the last
I was disappointed with the first episode because it could not compare with We Didn’t Start the Podcast. But after another episode or two it seems like Meg and Adam have found their groove. Their discussion of Sting and The Police have me laughing and cringing... and yet, I still want to listen to Island of the Big Turtles, or whatever it’s called.
I love the Police and Sting. When I was a teen I would pour over the liner notes on Sting’s albums. Despite my affection, I can’t help but laugh throughout this podcast. But I still love Sting! ps why did you stop? There are still more albums!
You had me from “Newcastle is his trucker hat”!
For me, Sting has just been in the background of life. I’ve heard his stuff everywhere for decades without knowing anything about him. This podcast is surprisingly fun and interesting. Possibly not the first choice if you’re a die-hard fan of Sting? I’m not and I really enjoyed it.