Song of the Day #2,998: ‘They Dance Alone (Gueca Solo)’ – Sting

nothing_like_the_sunIf a prosecutor had to try Sting for pretentiousness, Exhibit A would of course be his lute album.

But Exhibit B may well be ‘They Dance Alone (Gueca Solo),’ from the 1987 album …Nothing Like the Sun. Start with the fact that the album on which it appears is named for a Shakespeare sonnet, then cite its length (seven minutes, 10 seconds), mention that it contains the phrase “Hey Mr. Pinochet” and finally point to the spoken-word interlude. The Spanish-language spoken-word interlude.

The defense would shrug, rest her case and try to make an early movie.

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