Walking on the Moon

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This article is about the 1979 song performed by The Police. For the 2009 song performed by The Dream, see Walkin' on the Moon.
"Walking on the Moon"
Single by The Police
from the album Reggatta de Blanc
B-side "Visions of the Night"
Released November, 1979
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1979
Genre
Length 5:02
Label A&M - AMS 7494
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) Nigel Gray, Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers
Certification Gold (BPI)
The Police singles chronology
"Message in a Bottle"
(1979)
"Walking on the Moon"
(1979)
"Six Pack"
(1980)
Alternative covers
French 7-inch single cover
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"Walking on the Moon" is a 1979 song by The Police, from their second album, Reggatta de Blanc. The song was The Police's second number-one hit single in the United Kingdom.[1] It reached number nine in Australia but did not chart in the United States. It is one of The Police's more reggae-influenced songs.

Origin[edit]

Sting said that he wrote the song when he was drunk:[2]

I was drunk in a hotel room in Munich, slumped on the bed with the whirling pit when this riff came into my head. I got up and starting walking round the room singing : 'Walking round the room, walking round the room'. That was all. In the cool light of morning I remembered what had happened and I wrote the riff down. But 'Walking round the room' was a stupid title so I thought of something even more stupid which was 'Walking on the moon.'

In his autobiography, Sting alludes that the song was partially inspired by an early girlfriend:[3]

Deborah Anderson was my first real girlfriend...walking back from Deborah's house in those early days would eventually become a song, for being in love is to be relieved of gravity.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was shot at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 23, 1979. It features the band members miming to the track amidst spacecraft displays, interspersed with NASA footage. Both Sting and Andy Summers strum guitars (not bass) in the video, and Stewart Copeland strikes his drumsticks on a Saturn V moon rocket.

Cover versions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7": A&M / AMS 7494 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Walking on the Moon" (Edit) - 3:59 (This edit has yet to appear on CD anywhere)
  2. "Visions of the Night" - 3:05

12": A&M / AMSP 7494 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Walking on the Moon" - 4:59
  2. "Visions of the Night" - 3:05

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Police in the UK Charts, The Official Charts.
  2. ^ Fielder, Hugh; Sutcliffe, Phil (1981). The Police l'historia bandido. North Bellmore, N.Y: Proteus. ISBN 0-906071-77-1. 
  3. ^ Sting (2003). Broken music: a memoir. New York: Dial Press. ISBN 0-385-33678-0. 
  4. ^ ¡Policia! - A Tribute to the Police - Overview. Allmusic.com.

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Preceded by
"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" by Dr Hook
UK Singles Chart number-one single
December 8, 1979
Succeeded by
"Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd