De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

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"De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
Single by The Police
from the album Zenyatta Mondatta
B-side "A Sermon" (UK)
"Friends" (US)
Released 5 December 1980
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1980
Genre New wave, alternative rock
Length 4:09
Label A&M - AMS 9110
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) Nigel Gray, Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers
Certification Gold (CRIA)
The Police singles chronology
"Don't Stand So Close to Me"
(1980)
"De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
(1980)
"Invisible Sun"
(1981)

"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 Zenyatta Mondatta and a top ten hit in the United Kingdom and the United States, reaching number five on the UK Singles Chart[1] 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.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Re-recording[edit]

The song was re-recorded in 1986, alongside "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86," for inclusion on the Every Breath You Take: The Singles compilation. However, "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da '86" was dropped from the album and not released. It was, however, included on the DTS-CD release of the Every Breath You Take: The Classics album. The song remains hard to find because later versions of the DTS release do not include the remake.[citation needed]

Composition[edit]

The song is composed in the key of A major with the chord progression of Asus2-F#m7(add4)-C#m7 in the verses and Asus2-A-Asus2-A-E-D in the chorus.[3] The song uses guitar reverb and echo in the verses.

"I've danced in the Caribbean for weeks to that song," remarked Joni Mitchell. "I'm an old rock and roll dancer, you know. The stops, the pauses, in that one are really fun. I appreciated the rhythmic hybrids, the gaps between the bass lines, the repetitive figures with space between them. James Taylor and I had dinner with Sting once at our mutual manager's place. He was quite effusive about us being his heroes. So I always think of him as our son."[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" - A&M / AMS 9110 (UK)
  1. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - 4:09
  2. "A Sermon" - 2:34
7" - A&M / AM 2275 (USA)
  1. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - 4:09
  2. "Friends" - 3:35
7" - A&M / AM 25000 (USA)
  1. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" (Spanish Version) - 4:00
  2. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" (Japanese Version) - 4:00

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 6
Dutch Top 40 11
UK Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Police in the UK Charts, The Official Charts.
  2. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil (1993). "The B-sides and Other Obscure Releases." In Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings (pp.57-59) [Boxed set booklet]. A&M Records Ltd.
  3. ^ http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0068300&
  4. ^ Guitar World, September 1996

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