Biggest hit Don’t Stand So Close To Me (Police) September 1980 – No 1; ten weeks in chart.
I understand you wrote “Walking on the Moon” in a Munich hotel with the original words “walking in the room”.
I did! I do remember waking up in Munich, it’s amazing you know that, and I had that bass riff in my head and I started walking round the room. You can’t have “walking round the room”! “Walking on the moon” seemed a useful metaphor for being in love, that feeling of lightness, of just being able to walk on air. It’s an old idea. So from that refrain I just worked backwards, so 1969: “Giant steps are what you take”, one giant step for mankind … It’s not meant to be serious.