The Police

You don't have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979
  • peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles chart in 1979
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #398 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • from The Police debut album, Outlandos d'Amour (1978)
  • the first hit single for The Police
  • on the record:
             Sting- lead vocals, fretless bass, backing vocals
             Andy Summers- guitar, backing vocals
             Stewart Copeland- drums, backing vocals
  • written by Sting; the inspiration for the song came about in October 1977 when the Police were in Paris for a gig - Sting noticed prostitutes as he walked around the area of their hotel which happened to be in a red-light district; the song title came from a poster in the hotel lobby for the play Cyrano de Bergerac which featured a character named Roxanne
  • produced by The Police (Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers)
  • recorded at Surrey Sound Studios, Leatherhead, England
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