As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to or 33⅓ or 45!
The import 12″ for The Police’s Wrapped Around Your Finger was one of my very first 12″ single purchases. I already had the Synchronicity album, and I had also purchased the 45 for “Every Breath You Take” to get my hands on the classic “Murder By Numbers” b-side. I found the Wrapped Around Your Finger 12″ at the Sound Warehouse on Belt Line Road in Dallas, and one listen to the amazing “I Burn For You” permanently cemented my status as a b-side addict for life.
Of course, “I Burn For You” had actually been released on the Brimstone & Treacle soundtrack the previous year, but I didn’t even know the movie existed at that point. I thought “I Burn For You” was a Synchronicity outtake, and I was pretty much convinced that The Police must be the best band in the world if they could leave a song that good off of an album.
I was wrong about “I Burn For You” being left off Synchronicity, but I was 100% correct about the best band in the world part.
The Police: Wrapped Around Your Finger
A&M Records, 1983
1. “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (Sting)
2. “Someone To Talk To” (Summers)
3, “Message In A Bottle” [Live] (Sting)
4. “I Burn For You” (Sting)
Epilogue: I thought it was really cool that you could actually read the time on Sting’s digital watch on the cover of Wrapped Around Your Finger. I just pulled out the original 12″ from my collection, and now I can barely even see the damn watch itself. Blerg!
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Police: “Murder By Numbers” (Sting)
B-side of the 7″ single Every Breath You Take
A&M Records, 1983