Monday, January 10, 2011

Voices Inside My Head

Lots of people are familiar with many of Sting's musical accomplishments, but not nearly as many are familiar with The Police. Sure, they had some major hits in the early to mid 1980's, like "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "Roxanne" and "Message In A Bottle" (released in the late 1970's, but made popular again with the release of their greatest hits album), and all of their hits from the Synchronicity album. However, it is their earlier albums that I'm a big fan of. Incidentally, The Police were the top grossing musicians in the world in 2008, due to their reunion tour. Who would have thought it?

One of those early albums that I loved was Zenyatta Mondatta, even though I started listening to it almost a decade after it first came out. Oddly enough, this was the only one of their five albums that did NOT make Rolling Stone's list of the top 500 albums of all time (in November of 2003). It spawned hits such as "De Do Do Do," "Don't Stand So Close To Me," and "Canary In A Coal Mine." It also had "Shadows In The Rain," although most people are much more familiar with Sting's (admittedly much better) solo version from several years later (on Dream Of The Blue Turtles). Zenyatta Mondatta also had a lesser-known track called "Voices Inside My Head."

Voices has been remixed as a dance track quite frequently over the years. The version that I was always most familiar with was by KC Flight & Funky Junction, which I got on vinyl from Hooj Choons in 2001. Mind you, that version doesn't use Sting for the vocals, and it's more of a deeper, chuggy, progressive house track (especially the Fata Morgana remix).

There's a "new" version out right now by Santito. It was actually released a few months ago, but I've been listening to it a lot lately, and I think that it should do pretty well on the BPM & Billboard charts before too much longer. The club mix is a lot more mainstream than the KC Flight & Funky Junction track, so it's a lot more accessible to top40 clubbers. Also, it uses Sting's vocals, which is nice.

Here's a link, check it out: