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Published on Jan 12, 2018
A segment from the long running Australian music TV series Countdown, which aired on the ABC from 1974-1987.
This particular segment aired during the Countdown episode which originally aired on March April 13, 1986, on the ABC.
This clip features an interview of British singer Sting, conducted by Countdown Talent Co-Ordinator Molly Meldrum.
The interview begins with a discussion about what he expects from his current musical venture, and how he sees his music. They also discuss criticism Sting has received about his music having tainted the purity of "Black music", which Sting responds by expressing his belief that differing music forms should be combined, otherwise the individual forms die. Also discussed is how much more relaxed he is now compared to when he was in The Police, and the meaning of his song 'Russians' in the context of the Cold War.
Songs featured through the interview are 'If You Love Somebody', 'We Work The Black Seam', 'Russians',
This interview also featured as part of one of the episodes of 'The Meldrum Tapes', which featured interviews with famous musicians of the day. To view more of Sting from The Meldrum Tapes, go to the following link: https://youtu.be/UmeYFVrHcbY
Vaxfacts: Sting (real name Gordon Sumner) got his stage name from a bandleader he played jazz with in the late 1970s, when Sting once wore a sweater with hooped black and yellow stripes. The bandleader, Gordon Solomon, thought he looked like a bee, and thus the name Sting stuck.