I remember when The Police exploded on the scene with their new wave, reggae rock, post-punk, pop sound, and all you could say was, WOW!
A British rock band, The Police formed in London in 1977. The best-remembered line-up included Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (Guitar), and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). Their debut album Outlandos D’Amour released in 1978, rose to #6 on the UK Albums Chart. The second album, Reggatta de Blanc, released in 1979, was the first of four consecutive #1 albums in the UK and Australia,
Their first number one hit in the UK was Message in a Bottle.
Message in a Bottle (Synchronicity Concert, 1983)
It just got better and better from there. I still will occasionally belt out a little bit of … ROX – anne … when nobody is in ear shot!
Roxanne (Live in 1979)
I really like this long version of the song that includes some interesting bass lines and vocal variations.
And Stewart Copeland is certainly no slouch as a percussionist. Check this video out.
Wrapped Around Your Finger (Tokyo Dome, 2008)
I always liked this song. I must admit I have been wrapped around a few female fingers in my life. I do try to keep it from happening again, unless of course, there is an equal and mutual wrapping.
Andy Summers is also quite a guitarist winning two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, one in 19979 for Regatta de Blanc and one in 1980 for Behind My Camel. He is also a member of the Guitar Player Magazine Hall of Fame
Every Breath You Take (Atlanta, 1983)
Unfortunately, as is so often the case when you put such great talent together in one group, there is friction. The Police were no different. According to an interview with Stewart Copeland, they fought a great deal.
We got along great as long as we didn’t talk about music, but we had to so we fought. And people say Andy was like some buffer for the two of us. Bullshit. Andy was his own little volcano. His own sharp point of the triangle. We all fought.Copeland
But when they took a break in their fighting, it was certainly magic.
Everything Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Live in Rio de Janeiro, 2007)
The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2003.
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