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.
The CD’s title, Unorthodox Jukebox, is the perfect fit for Mars’ genre-bending musical tastes. “My struggle before I was even signed was that I liked to bounce around and experiment with music and try new and different things,” Mars revealed. “I like to take all the knowledge that I know and put it into my music which makes it a little unorthodox because you get a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a little bit of this. So I feel like on this album I really let myself go and I just wanted to make it exciting in the studio and hopefully exciting for fans.”
Audience excitement for Mars was evident this past weekend as he took on double duty as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, giving the show its best ratings since Lindsay Lohan hosted in March. He also debuted another Unorthodox Jukebox single, “Young Girls.”
But what about his very first musical influence, Elvis Presley? Has he traded in The King for The Police? Are his days as an Elvis impersonator through? “Nah,” Mars chuckled. “They’re never gonna be over. As a matter of fact, I’m wearing an Elvis suit right now!”
Unorthodox Jukebox, his follow up to 2010’s Doo-Wops & Hooligans, will be released December 11th on Atlantic Records.