History Trivia / ThePolice

17th Jun '16 4:42:19 PM JamesAustin
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* CreatorBacklash: Sting says that he'd throw about half of ''Zenyattà'' in the trash, and the other bandmembers agree that the album's quality suffered from a rushed production (it was finished on the day that their world tour started). Andy said he became disenchanted with their direction around ''Ghost'', when the "fantastic raw-trio stuff" got drowned out by all the horns and synths, and "we ended up backing a singer doing his pop songs".

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Sting says that he'd throw about half of ''Zenyattà'' in the trash, and the other bandmembers agree that the album's quality suffered from a rushed production (it was finished on the day that their world tour started). Andy said he became disenchanted with their direction around ''Ghost'', when the "fantastic raw-trio stuff" got drowned out by all the horns and synths, and "we ended up backing a singer doing his pop songs".



* 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, such as "Darkness", written by Stewart, which was all about having to deal with these pressures.



* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first three ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 Spyro The Dragon]]'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: A ''lot'' of the guitar solos on the reunion tour were clearly improvised by Andy Summers (who, being a self-taught jazz guitarist, is adept at making riffs up on the fly). It's about as close to jamming onstage as the meticulously rehearsed Police ever came.
* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first three ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 Spyro The Dragon]]'' ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.
7th Mar '16 10:21:55 AM czfjrod
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* 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.
** Stewart himself [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-oaulPhgTA#t=8m37s confirmed]] that much of the band's style followed Music/TheClash's example, in marrying punk with reggae. He even name-dropped the song "Police and Thieves".
16th Dec '15 3:42:08 AM themisterfree
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 Spyro The Dragon]]'' game, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.

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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first three ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 Spyro The Dragon]]'' game, games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.
15th Jan '15 2:46:32 PM Patachou
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* BlackSheepHit: A lot of people seem to think of the Police as an '80s pop band because of ''Synchronicity'', but it was actually quite a departure from the majority of their albums. (Granted, it does make up 20% of their collection). The distinctive Police sound was really an accelerated reggae rift that they called "white reggae" ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hence the name of their second album]]).

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* BlackSheepHit: A lot of people seem to think of the Police as an '80s pop band because of ''Synchronicity'', ''Music/{{Synchronicity}}'', but it was actually quite a departure from the majority of their albums. (Granted, it does make up 20% of their collection). The distinctive Police sound was really an accelerated reggae rift that they called "white reggae" ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hence the name of their second album]]).



** That was just the "straw that broke the camel's back" according to Copeland. The band had already almost broken up while recording ''Synchronicity'' (which they actually had to record with the three of them in ''separate rooms'') and Sting had a solo career going on.

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** That was just the "straw that broke the camel's back" according to Copeland. The band had already almost broken up while recording ''Synchronicity'' ''Music/{{Synchronicity}}'' (which they actually had to record with the three of them in ''separate rooms'') and Sting had a solo career going on.



*** The band almost re-recorded Fall Out for Reggatta De Blanc. It would have been interesting if that version had been released, since Andy Summers' guitar style is much different to Stewart Copeland's (Henry Padovani was the band's third member at the time of Fall Out, but only played the solos).

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*** The band almost re-recorded Fall Out for Reggatta ''Reggatta De Blanc.Blanc''. It would have been interesting if that version had been released, since Andy Summers' guitar style is much different to Stewart Copeland's (Henry Padovani was the band's third member at the time of Fall Out, but only played the solos).
1st Jan '15 1:50:06 PM themisterfree
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998'' game, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.

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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998'' ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 Spyro The Dragon]]'' game, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.
1st Jan '15 1:45:08 PM themisterfree
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' game, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.

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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998'' game, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.
1st Jan '15 1:44:51 PM themisterfree
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' game, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.
6th Aug '14 10:15:33 AM Premonition45
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** Sting had been Creator/JimHenson's first choice as Jareth in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' until his children persuaded him that Music/DavidBowie would have a more lasting appeal.

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** Sting had been Creator/JimHenson's first choice as Jareth in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', until his children persuaded him that Music/DavidBowie would have a more lasting appeal.
3rd Jul '14 10:13:08 PM Premonition45
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*** The band almost re-recorded Fall Out for Reggatta De Blanc. It would have been interesting if that version had been released, since Andy Summers' guitar style is much different to Stewart Copeland's (Henry Padovani was the band's third member at the time of Fall Out, but only played the solos).

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*** The band almost re-recorded Fall Out for Reggatta De Blanc. It would have been interesting if that version had been released, since Andy Summers' guitar style is much different to Stewart Copeland's (Henry Padovani was the band's third member at the time of Fall Out, but only played the solos).solos).
** Sting had been Creator/JimHenson's first choice as Jareth in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' until his children persuaded him that Music/DavidBowie would have a more lasting appeal.
20th Mar '14 7:38:29 PM Kesagake
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* ThrowItIn: Sting accidentally sat on a piano and laughed during the recording of "Roxanne". The group liked it so much they left it in there. Also, Stewart Copeland can make ''any'' song awesome with his improvised flourishes.
** "Does Everyone Stare" begins with Stewart Copeland's original demo for the song, where during recording his microphone picked up a freak radio signal that was broadcasting opera. The resulting opera bit was left in the song because it happened to be in the same key.
** "Be My Girl - Sally" is more or less the product of this, stapling together a fragment of a song Sting hadn't finished, and Andy's silly spoken-word poem about the joys of having a sex doll.
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