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He’s not stung or stinging, he’s Sting

I know most of you have found yourself humming a song by Sting at one time or another. You know you have sung, “Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light … Roxanne,” or “Goo goo goo, a da da da, is all I want to say to you.” I have to admit that I probably do so a little more than the average person.

OK, I am publicly admitting that I am a huge Sting fan. I love that damn sexy Brit.

Sting is too underrated in the music business that he has been an active part of for over 25 years.

Not too many rock stars were able to survive the ’80s, (besides the other classic rockers like Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and others) but Sting was able to do it differently.

The Police was what made him famous at first, breaking through with a new sound and different kind of rock in 1977, which was a time of punk and rebellion.

But Sting was able to transcend his success with the band and survive the break up in 1984, by stepping into what the music business sees as almost certain career suicide, going solo. I mean, we have all seen what has happened to Justin Timberlake.

Sting’s trademark high-pitched, raspy voice and blonde hair has made him one of the most recognizable rock stars out there.

Sting has more than proved his worth as a solo singer and incredible songwriter, winning 10 solo Grammy awards, including winning the most Grammys for Best Male Vocal Performance (a total of four wins in 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2001).

OK, so arguing that Sting is a great rock star and a huge part of music history isn’t that difficult. But there is so much more to Sting than the average person knows.

Sting has been in movies. Yes, real movies. So, maybe I haven’t seen them all, and they all aren’t exactly Oscar performances, but if anyone has seen “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” you know that Sting is really cool.

Sting actually introduced that director Guy Ritchie to Madonna, and they are now married. Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, are actually godparents to one of their kids.

How cool would it be to have a mom that is Madonna and a godfather you could call Uncle Sting?

Who else has the balls to be called a singular name like Sting? This, opposed to his real name, Gordon Matthew Sumner, which is slightly less cool, actually came from a nickname he gained from the black and gold rugby shirts he used to wear that made him look like a bee or something. (Yeah, he played rugby, too, that makes his awesome automatically.)

It’s different than Madonna or Cher. Those are actually their names or variations of the real thing. Even Dana Carvey saw this as exceptionally interesting. “He called himself a verb, present tense. He’s not Stung. He’s not Stinging. He’s Sting.”

Heard the rumor that Sting can have sex for over seven hours? Well, its true. Sting is really into a strict yoga regimen and has been open about his practice in tantra and tantric sex. He may be 50, but he could probably put any 20-year-old to shame in the sack.

But, above all the rumors and various talents, Sting is music. He blends rock, jazz and pop all in an amazing listening experience. “Music . has the power to communicate without being understood or intellectually taken in.” True, Sting, true.


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