History Music / ThePolice

7th Mar '16 10:22:05 AM czfjrod
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* CreatorBreakdown: The evolving style of the band and the darker tones of later albums were due in part to the growing pressures of the music industry. It didn't help that they were clashing over their own musical truths. This applies to the few released songs written by Stewart or Andy.
** "Darkness", written by Stewart, was all about having to deal with these pressures.



* FollowTheLeader: The reason for the band's formation. Curved Air, the ProgressiveRock band Stewart was in, had just combusted and he wanted to join the PunkRock scene instead. The band quickly carved out a niche for themselves, however, by using a lot of jazzy chords, reggae and african influences, the bizarre vocal style of Sting, and plainly catchy pop singles.
** The band were likely following Music/TheClash's example, being that punk and reggae were their primary influences. They lasted almost the same amount of time and made similar changes in style per album.


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** For the movie ''Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out'', Stewart got clearance to use the original multitracks for remixing, and scored the movie with the resulting "derangements".
15th Feb '16 9:59:09 AM dsneybuf
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* [[Music/TheAnimals Andy Summers]] - guitar, piano, bass, keyboard, backing and lead vocals (19771986, 2003, 20072008)
* '''[[Music/{{Sting}} Gordon Sumner (Sting)]]''' - lead vocals, bass, double bass, harmonica, synthesizer, keyboard, saxophone, oboe, drum machine (19771986, 2003, 20072008)

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* [[Music/TheAnimals '''[[Music/TheAnimals Andy Summers]] Summers]]''' - guitar, piano, bass, keyboard, backing and lead vocals (19771986, 2003, 20072008)
* '''[[Music/{{Sting}} Gordon '''Gordon Sumner (Sting)]]''' (Sting)''' - lead vocals, bass, double bass, harmonica, synthesizer, keyboard, saxophone, oboe, drum machine (19771986, 2003, 20072008)
10th Jan '16 6:43:57 PM kataangluvr
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* SpurnedIntoSuicide: The person singing "Can't Stand Losing You" implies that he's going to do this because he doesn't want to live without the girl who rejected him. Of course he also says that he's going to make her feel guilty for pushing him into the act.
9th Oct '15 11:55:54 AM WarriorsGate
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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: There's actually two different scenarios going on in "Synchronicity II" (presumably they vaguely have something to do with each other): While the family drama as described above takes place, many miles away... something's crawling to the surface of a dark Scottish lake.
** The family drama gets to the point that it disturbs the sleep of whatever's at the bottom of that lake. ''And it's none too pleased''.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: There's actually two different scenarios going on in "Synchronicity II" (presumably they vaguely have something to do with each other): While the family drama as described above takes place, many miles away... something's crawling to the surface of a dark Scottish lake.
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II": A family drama gets to the point that where it disturbs the sleep of whatever's at the bottom of that lake.a dark Scottish loch. ''And it's none too pleased''. The two events aren't linked by cause-and-effect, but by coincidence that seems symbolic to the observer -- the literal definition of "synchronicity".
31st Aug '15 10:44:51 PM bluesno1fann
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'''The Police''' were an English rock/new wave/[[PostSomethingIsm post punk]]/white reggae trio formed in 1977. Sting sang lead vocals and played bass guitar, Stewart Copeland played drums, and former [[Music/TheAnimals Eric Burdon And The Animals]] member Andy Summers played guitar, with both adding backing vocals and sometimes taking the lead. There was also [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]] who was the founding guitarist, but was quickly replaced by Summers. Reportedly, the band was named after something they knew would appear every single day in all newspapers. And what better than "police" to fit this?

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'''The Police''' were an English rock/new wave/[[PostSomethingIsm post punk]]/white reggae trio formed in 1977. Sting sang 1977 by bassist and lead vocals and played bass guitar, vocalist Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland played drums, and guitarist [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]]. Padovani was soon replaced by former [[Music/TheAnimals Eric Burdon And The Animals]] member guitarist Andy Summers played guitar, with both adding backing vocals and sometimes taking the lead. There was also [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]] who was the founding guitarist, but was quickly replaced by Summers. Reportedly, the band was named after something they knew would appear every single day in all newspapers. And what better than "police" to fit this?
30th Aug '15 8:52:11 PM Exxolon
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'''The Police''' are an English rock/new wave/[[PostSomethingIsm post punk]]/white reggae trio formed in 1977. Sting sang lead vocals and played bass guitar, Stewart Copeland played drums, and former [[Music/TheAnimals Eric Burdon And The Animals]] member Andy Summers played guitar, with both adding backing vocals and sometimes taking the lead. There was also [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]] who was the founding guitarist, but was quickly replaced by Summers. Reportedly, the band was named after something they knew would appear every single day in all newspapers. And what better than "police" to fit this?

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->''Walked out this morning, don't believe what I saw.\\
A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore.\\
Seems I'm not alone at being alone.\\
A hundred billion castaways, looking for a home.''
-->"Message in a Bottle"


'''The Police''' are were an English rock/new wave/[[PostSomethingIsm post punk]]/white reggae trio formed in 1977. Sting sang lead vocals and played bass guitar, Stewart Copeland played drums, and former [[Music/TheAnimals Eric Burdon And The Animals]] member Andy Summers played guitar, with both adding backing vocals and sometimes taking the lead. There was also [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]] who was the founding guitarist, but was quickly replaced by Summers. Reportedly, the band was named after something they knew would appear every single day in all newspapers. And what better than "police" to fit this?
16th Jan '15 2:03:39 PM VicGeorge2011
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** And at the end of "We'll Be Together", Sting briefly reprises the lyrics of "If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free".
15th Jan '15 4:23:28 PM bluesno1fann
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The Police are an English rock/new wave/[[PostSomethingIsm post punk]]/white reggae trio formed in 1977. Sting sang lead vocals and played bass guitar, Stewart Copeland played drums, and former [[Music/TheAnimals Eric Burdon And The Animals]] member Andy Summers played guitar, with both adding backing vocals and sometimes taking the lead. There was also [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]] who was the founding guitarist, but was quickly replaced by Summers. Reportedly, the band was named after something they knew would appear every single day in all newspapers. And what better than "police" to fit this?

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The Police '''The Police''' are an English rock/new wave/[[PostSomethingIsm post punk]]/white reggae trio formed in 1977. Sting sang lead vocals and played bass guitar, Stewart Copeland played drums, and former [[Music/TheAnimals Eric Burdon And The Animals]] member Andy Summers played guitar, with both adding backing vocals and sometimes taking the lead. There was also [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]] who was the founding guitarist, but was quickly replaced by Summers. Reportedly, the band was named after something they knew would appear every single day in all newspapers. And what better than "police" to fit this?



* '''Gordon Sumner (Sting)''' - lead vocals, bass, double bass, harmonica, synthesizer, keyboard, saxophone, oboe, drum machine (19771986, 2003, 20072008)

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* '''Gordon '''[[Music/{{Sting}} Gordon Sumner (Sting)''' (Sting)]]''' - lead vocals, bass, double bass, harmonica, synthesizer, keyboard, saxophone, oboe, drum machine (19771986, 2003, 20072008)
15th Jan '15 2:44:03 PM Patachou
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* 1983 - ''Synchronicity''

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* 1983 - ''Synchronicity'' ''Music/{{Synchronicity}}''



--->Another suburban family morning\\

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--->Another --> ''Another suburban family morning\\



There's only so much heartache he can take

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There's only so much heartache he can taketake''
30th Dec '14 10:17:37 PM Deckard
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** ''Reggatta de Blanc'' (see WordSaladTitle below), which is meant to suggest "white reggae" but in fact means "boat race" (Italian, misspelled) and "of white" (French).
** ''Zenyattà Mondatta'' has "Zen" (as in Buddhism) mixed with "Kenyatta" (as in the president of Kenya) and the French word ''monde'' ("world"). Oh, and an meaningless diacritic. It's evocative of the band's world-music-inspired sound, but that's it.


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** "Synchronicity II" is a cheerful, energetic song about a dysfunctional family, including a mother who attempts suicide and a grandmother with psychosis.
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