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"Plays well with others," sure. "Stays well with others," maybe not.

"Gordy" or "Gordo" would have been the obvious choices, but when a childhood friend looked at Gordon Sumner's favorite bumblebee-striped sweater and dropped a vastly jazzier nickname on him instead, the act had the effect of a lit match on dry wood. In that moment was born one of pop's greatest egos, and in that moment was it foreordained that this "Sting" would one day decide that his destiny did not include mortal bandmates called Stew and Andy. Decide for yourself whether the pop universe is a better place as a result of Russians and Fields Of Gold than it would have been with another two decades of Roxannes and So Lonelys from The Police, but it's all academic anyway. Your Birthstar was a stellar explosion waiting to happen -- a star so unstable that the mere fact of selling millions of records and sounding better than 99 percent of their contemporaries was never going to hold it together. A single entry at the top of the charts toward the end of a substantial career places your Birthstar in the constellation Tip of the Ice Cube, but it is their place in the constellation Launching Pad -- that grouping of popstrological left-behinds -- that explains why their popstrological children have such a strong potential to achieve collaborative greatness, but may face great difficulty in making those collaborations last.
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Every Breath You Take  Jul 3-Aug 27, 1983


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