So, after making my post the other day, and linking the “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” video, I half watched it as Mel read the entry.
At 1:18 the line The bitter sting of tears is sang by none other than Sting himself. Now I find it hard to believe that they were able to convince Sting that this was a cool idea. I’d imagine that in the 80s, at the height of his popularity that Sting was probably pretty pretentious. I could be wrong. Maybe he didn’t develop that particular trait until years later. But I imagine he was anyway, because it makes that shot that much funnier to me.
Let’s assume for the sake of our sanity that it was indeed Sting that was singing that line, and that’s why he was lipsyncing it in the video, and not just because Bob wanted to have a nice closeup pun shot for his extremely important and world-saving video. How exactly did he convince Sting that it wouldn’t be lame for him to sing it? Did he trick him into singing the entire song, and editted the ol’ Police in for that set of lines? If he did, is that the whole reason he wrote the line “The only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears”?
But if you listen to the song, it doesn’t really sound like the voice changes. Bob’s website says it’s Bono and Sting singing the line. But, almost 25 years later, I have no troubles whatsoever disbelieving something like that. I think it’s just Bono singing there. And that Bob put the closeup on Sting lipsyncing because he could. I think he tricked Sting into lipsyncing the whole song in front of the microphone, and that he was too stoned to notice that no one else had to do the whole song.
|Sting: Too Stoned To Notice.
I really believe Bob Geldolf is that diabolical. And that lame. He’s that diabolically lame.