The Police have released many singles over the years, with some getting both a 7″ and 12″ pressing. All of their singles have pressings from multiple countries. What is pictured below is one of the many variants of the standard U.S pressing of the 7″ version of “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.” It’s important to note that all of the standard U.S. pressings have the same catalog number, which is AM-2275. The U.S. pressing has an exclusive picture sleeve and b-side as well.
Along with the standard U.S. 7″ single, which has “Friends” as the b-side and comes in die cut picture sleeve, there is also a promo version that comes in a some sort paper dust sleeve and has both the stereo (b-side) and mono (a-side) versions of “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.” I say some sort of paper dust sleeve because I am not sure what the sleeve this U.S. promo pressing comes in. I have never seen pictures of one to confirm anything. It may come in one o the many versions of A&M Records’ stock sleeves or may come in a regular, plain white paper dust sleeve.
The aforementioned variants of the standard U.S. pressing can be told apart by both the type of sleeve and different etchings in the matrix. All but one of these U.S. pressings come in a die cut picture sleeve, with the stand out coming in the same exact picture sleeve, except that it’s not die cut. This non die cut picture sleeve pressing also has different center labels from the rest of the standard US. pressings, which is a silver background with a red triangle. The rest of the standard U.S. pressings come with a center label that has a yellow background with a blue triangle.
The standard U.S. pressings that come in a die cut sleeve have four variants. One has a ‘P’ etched in the run outs, another has a ‘T’ etched in the run outs, another has ‘PS’ etched and the last has only one composer printed on the b-side. There is also a unique U.S. pressing that has no English language songs on it. It has the Spanish version of “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” on the a-side and the Japanese version on the b-side. It comes in a picture sleeve with a picture of the band using cameras, with the background being the Japanese rising sun. That is on the cover of the sleeve, despite it’s not the lead track. The back of the sleeve has a picture of Sting wearing a sombrero. There is also a European pressing of this “Spanish/Japanese” single as well that has the same picture sleeve.
Along with the U.S. pressings, there are also a UK, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Portuguese, general European, Japanese, Colombian, Brazilian, Peruvian, Bolivian, Ecuadorian, Argentine, Chilean, Venezuelan, New Zealand, Australian, Mexican, South African and Philippines pressings.
The UK pressing has “A Sermon” on the b-side and comes in an exclusive picture sleeve. The picture sleeve cover art has a picture of what may be the band overlaid with “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” in giant block lettering. I say the picture may be the band because to my eye it’s impossible to tell for sure or not, the picture may very well be of random people. The photo on the back does have a picture of the band however, and the picture also has an iguana in it as well. The UK catalog number is AMS 7578.
The German, French and general European pressings all match each other visually and musically. Their b-side track is “A Sermon” and catalog number for them is AMS 9110.
The Irish, Portuguese, Australian and one of the two Italian pressings match the UK pressing visually and musically in every way. The Italian,Portuguese and Australian catalog number is PAMS 7578 F and the Irish catalog number is the same as the UK’s. The Australian catalog number also has another set of numbers attached; K 8136 and K-8136. The other Italian pressing has an exclusive picture sleeve. The cover art is black and white picture/drawing of the band against a light orange background. The picture of the band is set inside a blue triangle. “A Sermon” is also on the b-side of this Italian pressing.
There are two Spanish pressings, one is a promo housed in a stock paper sleeve and the other comes in an exclusive picture sleeve. This picture sleeve has a picture of the band in the center with an orange border around the band picture. Everything on the sleeve runs at an angle from bottom left to top right. The catalog number for both Spanish pressings is AMS-9110. The Brazilian pressing also comes in an exclusive picture sleeve. It has an orange background with a blue triangle that starts from the bottom. The Japanese pressing comes in an exclusive picture sleeve as well. It’s the only one with Japanese writing on the cover, so it’s pretty easy to tell apart. The picture on the sleeve is the same cover art used with the album Zenyatta Mondotta.
The Colombian, Peruvian, Bolivian, Ecuadorian, Argentine, Chilean, Venezuelan, New Zealand, Mexican, South African and Philippines pressings all come in either stock A&M Records sleeves or plain white paper dust sleeves. One interesting note though, is that the Ecuadorian pressing was released on CBS Records, the only pressing not released on A&M Records.
The Colombian and Venezuelan pressings are the only 12″ pressings of this single. There are a two different variants for the Colombian pressing. They are both pressed on colored vinyl, the only pressing of this single to be pressed on colored vinyl. One is on green and one is on yellow.