Picks and Pans Review: If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

UPDATED 07/29/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/29/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT


Despite the greeting card lyrics, Sting's first solo video is completely watchable and even revealing. In the course of this clip, poor egoless Sting is finally, albeit inadvertently, revealed as the awkward Brit some suspected him of being all along. The folks who show him up are sidemen and women he himself recruited from the New York City jazz scene to play behind him on his new album. Next to their smooth stepping and swaying, Sting's new wave twitching seems out of sync and absurd. He moves like a pubescent boy trying to adjust to a sudden growth spurt, and his two sexy backup singers, Janice Pendarvis and Dolette McDonald, steal the show just by making it all look soooo easy.

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