YMMV: The Police

  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "Mother" on Synchronicity.
    • To a lesser extent, the two instrumentals on Zenyattą Mondatta ("Behind My Camel" and "The Other Way of Stopping").
    • "Masoko Tanga" and the interlude of "Be My Girl - Sally" from Outlandos d'Amour.
  • Ear Worm: Many songs by them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Stewart Copeland. Rolling Stone readers voted him the 5th greatest drummer of all time in 2010.
  • Epic Riff: "Message In A Bottle" and "Every Breath You Take" are the most famous.
  • Face of the Band: Sting. The other two are still well-known and very respected, but his popularity eclipses theirs by a longshot.
  • Ho Yay: All three of them, when they weren't at each other's throats. Sting has remarked on the "sexual tension" between him and Copeland, and Andy Summers' biography details quite a few man-dates.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: "Friends". "I like to eat my friends/and make no bones about it".
  • Misaimed Fandom: It's amazing how many people don't realize that "Every Breath You Take" is not a love song.
  • Never Live It Down: They fought a lot. In an interview before their reunion, Andy Summers lamented that this had become a cliche of the group.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The song "A Kind Of Loving" is just over two minutes of a woman screaming over a backing track. Admittedly a soundtrack piece but when you hear it on Message In A Box it stands out like a sore thumb.
  • Signature Song: "Every Breath You Take", "Message in a Bottle" and "Roxanne" from Synchronicity tie for gold. "Walking on the Moon", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Don't Stand So Close to Me" tie for silver.
  • So Bad, It's Good: "On Any Other Day".
  • Wangst: "King of Pain" from Synchronicity. It doesn't really have any overt whining or self-pity apart from the incredibly vague "but it's my destiny to be the king of pain", but the title is super angsty and the lyrics are full of little depressing vignette things.
  • The Woobie: The nameless main character in "Synchronicity II" from Synchronicity. His family life is a ball of insanity, his job sucks, and by the end of the song he may be losing his mind from the combined stress.