The Madonna Hit That Was Inspired by a Sting Concert
Madonna and Sting were both huge in the 1980s and 1990s, but they were worlds apart musically — or were they? One of Madonna’s many hits was inspired by a Sting concert. In addition, Madonna and Sting’s families are connected in a major way.
Madonna influenced more musicians than just about any other female singer from her era. In 2000, she made a move that felt right — she released a musical tribute to music itself. The song in question — “Music” — is both forward-thinking and pleasantly nostalgic. One one level, it uses futuristic vocoder effects. On another level, it has a bouncy baseline reminiscent of Madonna’s early singles.
The retro sensibilities of “Music” make sense given that it was inspired by the popular 1980s band the Police — indirectly. Madonna went to a Sting concert and was moved as Sting began to play his band’s old songs.
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“I went to see [Sting] in New York at the Beacon Theater,” Madonna told Rolling Stone. “… I’m obsessed with checking out the audience and seeing how they react. And people were pretty well-behaved and enthusiastically polite for stuff that he was doing off of his new album.
“But then, when he did the old Police songs — and it was just him and a guitar, and the lights came down — somehow the energy in the room changed,” the Queen of Pop continued. “It ignited the room, and it brought everybody closer to the ...
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