The Police

Can't Stand Losing You

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Early on, it was pretty difficult to get away from the Police as new wave-reggae act. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – they were really really good at it. “Can’t Stand” stands out in the canon of their work because it isn’t only a “got dumped” song but one that not only has somewhat funny moments – when the narrator laments his returned AND scratched LP records, for example – but, well, suicidal ones. By the end of the song, it’s pretty apparent that our main character has hit bottom and only sees one very unfortunate way out. Not many bands can pull off a song about suicide – the song itself is essentially a suicide note blaming that chick that ruined his life – and make it admittedly danceable. The next question that has to be asked is if that’s a good thing or not. But it really doesn’t matter. It’s a solid pop tune that, at the very least, is solid foundation for the Police’s future work, and at the very most, an adept tongue-in-cheek pop tune that walks the fine line between depressing subject matter and hook laden new wave.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Outlandos d'Amour 1978 A&M 2:58
Every Breath You Take: The Singles 1986 A&M 2:48
21 Years of Alternative Radio 1 1988
Various Artists
Strange Fruit 5:37
25 Years of Radio 1993
Various Artists
Dutch East 5:28
Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings 1993 A&M 3:01
Every Breath You Take: The Classics 1995 A&M / Digital Sound 3:00
Teenage Kicks: 46 Classic Punk & New Wave Tracks 1995
Various Artists
PolyGram 2:48
The Very Best of Sting & the Police 1997 A&M 2:58
Greatest Hits 1998 Polydor / A&M 2:48
It's Only Rock N Roll [Sony International] 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:59
The Police 2007 A&M 2:57
Jackie: The Party Album 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:01