It’s been several years since Bruno Mars had a very public run in with the law, but this time his association with The Police is strictly musical and involves his latest single, “Locked Out Of Heaven.”
Try listening to the opening strains of the song without conjuring up images of “Message In A Bottle,” the classic tune by The Police. And while the rest of the song becomes completely Bruno, with Mars’ soaring tenor voice taking over, there’s a reason the song may have been strongly influenced by Sting and the boys.
Speaking with Scott McKenzie and the Morning MIX, Mars acknowledged the association and his lifelong love of The Police. “Singing in bars, I sang a lot of Police records growing up,” Mars confessed, “so I know what it feels like. I want to write a song like that. I know what it feels like to sing a song like “Roxanne” at a show and see people’s faces light up. As a songwriter, you always want to achieve that and do something like that. And these guys are the guys that influenced me and [without them] my music wouldn’t sound the way it sounds.”
That’s particularly evident on the first single from his upcoming CD, Unorthodox Jukebox. “Locked Out Of Heaven” has been compared a lot to The Police and I take that as a huge compliment,” said Mars.