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The Police release new Christmas video for hit Don’t Stand So Close To Me

The Police release new Christmas video for hit Don’t Stand So Close To Me with footage unearthed from the band’s archives after 41 years

  • The newly released video was filmed in the winter of 1980 in Grey Rock, Quebec, Canada
  • The footage was unearthed from the band’s archives after 41 years, with the band seen enjoying a snowy scene
  • The track topped the UK Singles Chart in 1980 and is from their third album Zenyatta Mondatta
  •  The new video closely follows the release of Sting’s fifteenth studio album The Bridge


The Police have released a never-seen-before Christmas video for their number 1 hit song Don’t Stand So Close To Me.

From their third album Zenyatta Mondatta, the track topped the UK Singles chart in 1980.

The original video saw the band – Sting, 70, Andy Summers, 78, and Stewart Copeland, 69 – perform in a school setting, dressed as scholars wearing mortarboards in some scenes, whereas the new film sees them playing in the snow.

New material: The Police have released a never-seen-before Christmas video for their number 1 hit song Don’t Stand So Close To Me

The newly released video was filmed in the winter of 1980 in Grey Rock, Quebec, Canada and has been unearthed from the band’s archives after 41 years.

The Police were on tour in Canada and the United States at the time.

The trio are seen wearing ski gear in the clip, at one point taking to a snowmobile to travel across the flakes.

Hitmakers: From their third album Zenyatta Mondatta, the track topped the UK Singles chart in 1980

Hitmakers: From their third album Zenyatta Mondatta, the track topped the UK Singles chart in 1980

Festive spirit: The new video sees the band - Sting, now 70, Andy Summers, 78, and Stewart Copeland, 69 - enjoying a snowy scene

Festive spirit: The new video sees the band – Sting, now 70, Andy Summers, 78, and Stewart Copeland, 69 – enjoying a snowy scene

Sting is seen wearing a red coat with a fluffy white trim similar to that worn by Santa as the band spend time at a ski resort.

They can be seen standing with the ski lift in the background, while in other scenes they can be seen in the recording studio.

The original video for the song involved the band singing in a school, performing hijinks in the classroom.

Making history: The newly released video was filmed in the winter of 1980 in Grey Rock, Quebec, Canada and has been unearthed from the band's archives after 41 years

Making history: The newly released video was filmed in the winter of 1980 in Grey Rock, Quebec, Canada and has been unearthed from the band’s archives after 41 years

On the road: The band were on tour in Canada and the United States at the time the winter video was filmed

On the road: The band were on tour in Canada and the United States at the time the winter video was filmed

 

Blast from the past: The original video for the song involved the band singing in a school, performing hijinks in the classroom

Blast from the past: The original video for the song involved the band singing in a school, performing hijinks in the classroom

Ready to learn: Sing could be seen wearing a mortarboard in the original video as he performed at the school

Ready to learn: Sing could be seen wearing a mortarboard in the original video as he performed at the school

Cheeky: The trio could be seen causing mayhem as they climbed a ladder in a classroom at the school

Cheeky: The trio could be seen causing mayhem as they climbed a ladder in a classroom at the school

Studious: The band could be seen sitting at desks in the classroom, with Sting at the teacher's table, while a message was written on the blackboard behind him

Studious: The band could be seen sitting at desks in the classroom, with Sting at the teacher’s table, while a message was written on the blackboard behind him

Sting can be seen sitting at a desk while dressed a scholar, hard at work studying.

The new video closely follows the release of Sting’s fifteenth studio album The Bridge.

The disc was described as ‘pure, timeless pop class’ by The Telegraph.

Sting is set to appear on BBC Reel Stories with Dermot O’Leary later this month as well as a live Maida Vale session with Zoe Ball for the Radio 2 Breakfast show.

An education: Sting can be seen sitting at a desk while dressed a scholar, hard at work studying

An education: Sting can be seen sitting at a desk while dressed a scholar, hard at work studying

Born to perform: The new video closely follows the release of Sting’s fifteenth studio album The Bridge

Born to perform: The new video closely follows the release of Sting’s fifteenth studio album The Bridge

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