Message in a Bottle: THE POLICE

Australian singles chart:
Message in a Bottle entered the Kent Music Report on 26 November 1979 and peaked at #5. The song was #32 on the Top 100 of 1980.

The song is on Reggatta de Blanc which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 26 November 1979. It reached #1 on 18 February 1980 where it remained for 2 weeks.


Nigel Gray, The Police

Message in a Bottle exemplifies the reggae rock/new wave style of early Police. Cash Box described the song’s hook as “a mesmerizing guitar figure” that is similar to that of Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear The Reaper.
The song is ostensibly about a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love. A year later, he has not received any sort of response, and despairs, thinking he is destined to be alone. The next day, he sees “a hundred billion bottles” on the shore, finding out that there are more people like him out there.
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