History Trivia / ThePolice

10th May '17 10:43:32 PM KlarkKentThe3rd
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* ThePeteBest: Henri Padovani was the band's first guitarist. He only got to record the first single ("Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving", in 1977) before being replaced by Andy Summers. Even then, he only played the guitar solos on those tracks, as Stewart Copeland, the songwriter, felt Padovani wasn't up to the task, and so Copeland played lead guitar on them. Interestingly enough, he got better, and carved a decent solo career for himself, and joined the band for a while in 2008.

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* ThePeteBest: Henri Padovani was the band's first guitarist. He only got to record the first single ("Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving", in 1977) before being replaced by Andy Summers. Even then, he only played the guitar solos on those tracks, as Stewart Copeland, the songwriter, felt Padovani wasn't up to the task, and so Copeland played lead guitar on them. Interestingly enough, he got better, and carved a decent solo career for himself, and himself. Also joined the band for a while in 2008.
10th May '17 10:42:50 PM KlarkKentThe3rd
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* ThePeteBest: Henri Padovani was the band's first guitarist. He only got to record the first single ("Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving", in 1977) before being replaced by Andy Summers. Even then, he only played the guitar solos on those tracks, as Stewart Copeland, the songwriter, felt Padovani wasn't up to the task, and so Copeland played lead guitar on them. Interestingly enough, he got better, and carved a decent solo career for himself.

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* ThePeteBest: Henri Padovani was the band's first guitarist. He only got to record the first single ("Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving", in 1977) before being replaced by Andy Summers. Even then, he only played the guitar solos on those tracks, as Stewart Copeland, the songwriter, felt Padovani wasn't up to the task, and so Copeland played lead guitar on them. Interestingly enough, he got better, and carved a decent solo career for himself.himself, and joined the band for a while in 2008.
10th May '17 10:40:13 PM KlarkKentThe3rd
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* ThePeteBest: Henri Padovani was the band's first guitarist. He only got to record the first single ("Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving", in 1977) before being replaced by Andy Summers. Even then, he only played the guitar solos on those tracks, as Stewart Copeland, the songwriter, felt Padovani wasn't up to the task, and so Copeland played lead guitar on them.

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* ThePeteBest: Henri Padovani was the band's first guitarist. He only got to record the first single ("Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving", in 1977) before being replaced by Andy Summers. Even then, he only played the guitar solos on those tracks, as Stewart Copeland, the songwriter, felt Padovani wasn't up to the task, and so Copeland played lead guitar on them. Interestingly enough, he got better, and carved a decent solo career for himself.
10th May '17 10:38:50 PM KlarkKentThe3rd
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to ''Series/TheEqualizer'', the first three ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' (among other things).

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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack soundtracks to ''Film/RumbleFish'', ''Series/TheEqualizer'', the first three four ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' (among other things).
10th May '17 10:37:11 PM KlarkKentThe3rd
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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, such as "Darkness", written by Stewart, which was all about having to deal with these pressures.

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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 being in 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.
19th Oct '16 4:28:40 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to Series/TheEqualizer, the first three ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' (among other things).

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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to Series/TheEqualizer, ''Series/TheEqualizer'', the first three ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' (among other things).
19th Oct '16 4:28:16 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to TV/TheEqualizer, the first three ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' (among other things).

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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to TV/TheEqualizer, Series/TheEqualizer, the first three ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' (among other things).
19th Oct '16 4:27:55 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to the first three ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.

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* HeAlsoDid: Stewart later composed the soundtrack to TV/TheEqualizer, the first three ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' games, and the theme to ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.''Series/TheAmandaShow'' (among other things).
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".
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