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Released in 1980, and recorded in just four weeks, Zenyattà Mondatta features the hits "De Do Do Do, De Da, Da Da" and the Grammy Award winning "Don’t Stand So Close To Me", eventually going platinum in both the UK and US.
Rolling Stone gave due praise to guitarist Andy Summers, who also received the Best Instrumental Grammy for "Behind My Camel", a track that Sting had disliked so much he’d refused to play on it, going so far as to bury the master tape in the studio’s back garden! Described by David Fricke as “this decade’s model for superstar strategists”, the Police’s third album’s “common denominator is still the elastic interplay among Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers…Never have so few done so much with so little. And made it all sound so damn easy”.