The theme was continued on the packaging for the second single to be taken from the album, Wrapped Around Your Finger. Three versions of the 7” single sleeve were printed: the same black and white picture of the band was used on each (a colour shot from the same photo session was used on the 12”) but a primary colour wash was applied to the image giving purchasers a one in three chance of which colour they received. This statistical probability wasn’t true of the picture disc edition of the 7” single. Again, there were three different versions, each one featuring a different member of the band, but according to Record Collector magazine of the 12,000 pressed the vast majority featured Sting. A look at eBay today indicates this being the case. There are five copies of the Sting picture disc on offer, for ‘Buy It Now’ prices ranging from £6.29 to £17.95, but just two for the Stewart Copeland version (with quite a variation in price, either £20.69 or £32.95). If Andy Summers is your favourite, you can expect to pay around £40: presently, there’s two on sale on eBay, one for £41.40 and another, auction-only offering with a starting bid of £39.99. Apparently, just 1000 copies each of the Summers/Copeland editions were pressed, the other 10,000 featuring Sting. It was almost as if A&M wanted people to pick sides now, and The Police hadn’t even split yet.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Jul. 15
The POLICE Wrapped Around Your Finger (A&M AM127)
MADONNA Into The Groove (Sire W8934)