Bruno Mars is one of those artists who - like Katy Perry or Pink (who I'll discuss one day soon) - are on the charts today that you wouldn't normally think I'd like. But I do.
I especially like his latest single Locked Out of Heaven:
It reminds me a lot of early Police songs, around their Outlandos d'Amour and to a lesser extent Reggatta de Blanc phase. As I did with the song Strawberry Letter 23, before I worked up a whole compare and contrast post, I Googled to see if someone else had already done the work. Sure enough, someone had!
First, here are the three Police songs that I think Bruno Mars took inspiration from.
#1 - Can't Stand Losing You (from Outlandos d'Amour):
#2 - Roxanne (from Outlandos d'Amour):
#3 - Message in a Bottle - especially the chorus (from Reggatta de Blanc):
Here is the mash up of Bruno Mars's Locked Out of Heaven with The Police's Can't Stand Losing You - Can't Stand Locked Out of Heaven:
Here's an article entitled "Does Bruno Mars Think 'Heaven' Sounds Like A Police Song? 'Hell Yeah!''
Full article here.
Finally, here is the cast of Glee performing the song on their January 24, 2013 episode: