Music Video of the Day: Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police (1980, directed by Derek Burbidge)


Because Sting was famously a teacher before he became a rock star, it’s easy to assume that this song, about a teacher tempted to have an affair with a student, was autobiographical. Sting insists that it was not, beyond that it was somewhat inspired by the groupies who were, at that time, crazy about The Police.

This video was directed by Derek Burbidge, who also directed several videos for bands like AC/DC, Squeeze, Queen, Gary Numan, The Eurythmics, and Stray Cats. In the early 80s, if you were a successful band looking to get some extra exposure on MTV, it’s extremely probable that Burbidge would have ended up directing a video for you.

Enjoy!

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police (1980, directed by Derek Burbidge)

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