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The Police, formed 1977 in London, and most active until 1986 (later reunited), was a very successful English new wave and rock band. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting (lead singer, bassist and principal songwriter), Andy Summers (guitarist) and Stewart Copeland (drums). The trio, who has won six Grammy Awards and with +75 million record sales, were one of the first groups with hits influenced by reggae in USA. They were influenced by reggae, and are known for songs as Roxanne, Can't Stand Losing You, Message In A Bottle, Don't Stand So Close to Me, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic. Biography The Police formed in early 1977 in London by Stewart Copeland (drums), Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting (bass and lead vocals), and Henry Padovani (guitar). Andy Summers later joined the group, and after a very short stint as a quartet, Padovani left the band. The Police became one of the most popular bands in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. The Police are notable as one of the first mainstream white pop groups to adopt reggae as a predominant musical form and to score major international hits with reggae-styled material. (The first all-white reggae band with permanent members and frequent recording in Europe was Peps Blodsband, lead by Peps Persson from south Sweden who changed from blues to reggae 1974/75). Although reggae was already very popular in the United Kingdom (due to the large number of Caribbean immigrants) and a number of Western European countries, reggae was little known in the United States and rejected by most black artists in U.S, and prior to the emergence of the Police only a handful of reggae songs had enjoyed any significant chart success. The Police, UB40, The Clash and Bob Marley (Jamaican, partly living in England after being shot in Jamaica, are considered with a number of new wave, rock and ska bands as one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the U.S. The Police were strongly influenced by reggae (especially reggae drumming and base lines), jazz and, in the beginning, punk rock – something that came to be shifted more and more towards pop during the 80s. Their lyrics also changed from challenging, but yet somewhat politically restrained punk- and new wave lyrics, to after 1982 in some songs emphasize environmental awareness and human oneness. The biggest hits, however, had romantic or sexual themes. The Police met together with other "white" British bands which played reggae, as UB40, criticism from black English rastafarian reggae bands like Aswad (in a BBC documentary on TV) and Steel Pulse, for being accomplices in the music industry of "Babylon", stealing the Caribbean slave descendants' musical treasure. This criticism has later been withdrawn. Aswad has even made the covers of Police songs like "Roxanne". Tension grew between the band members, because unlike most other bands, they did not share songwriting credits. They released their last album, Synchronicity, in 1983, selling over 8 million copies. Synchronicity is critically regarded as their best album, with hits such as Synchronicity II, King of Pain, and probably their best known song, Every Breath You Take. In 1984, after touring in support of Synchronicity, The Police went on hiatus while Sting pursued his acting and solo music careers. Two years later, The Police reformed and played a few concerts for Amnesty International. Soon after the band went into the studio. Sting wanted to re-record their old songs but Andy and Stewart wanted to leave the originals alone and only two songs were re-recorded during these studio sessions. Although the group is considered to have disbanded in 1984, 1986 was the last time The Police engaged in any musical activity. In 1992 the band released "Message in a Box", their 4 CD box set, and performed at Sting's wedding to Trudie Styler. A live CD was released in June 1995. On March 10, 2003 The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed Message in a Bottle, Roxanne and Every Breath You Take. The Police reformed in 2007 and opened the Grammy award ceremony of that year with a performance of Roxanne. Towards the end of May the band began a world tour. In 2008 the tour ended at Madison Square Garden, New York on August 7, and The Police disbanded for good. Sting was quoted towards the end of the tour that he had achieved closure with the band and revealed that The Police would never tour or record again. Sting has said that the material on the album Ghost in the Machine were inspired by the writings of Arthur Koestler, and that the Police's final studio album Synchronicity was influenced by the writings of Carl Jung. Sting also peppers his songs with literary allusions: the song "Don't Stand So Close to Me" mentions Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita; "Tea in the Sahara" alludes to the novel The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles; and "Wrapped Around Your Finger" refers both to the sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis, from Greek mythology, and to Mephistopheles, from the German legend of Faust . Discography * Outlandos d'Amour (1978) * Reggatta de Blanc (1979) * Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) * Ghost in the Machine (1981) * Synchronicity (1983) Read more on Last.fm. 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De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on August 15, 2015 11:15am

Can't Stand Losing You

Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on June 08, 2015 3:24pm

Every Breath You Take

Last Played on April 22, 2015 5:02pm

One World (Not Three)

Ghost in the Machine
Last Played on February 28, 2015 3:41am

Next To You

Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on February 18, 2015 8:50am

Don't Stand So Close To Me

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on February 09, 2015 9:34pm

Walking On The Moon

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on February 03, 2015 6:57am

Synchronicty I

Last Played on October 30, 2014 11:40pm

Murder By Numbers

Last Played on September 01, 2014 12:18pm

So Lonely

Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on May 30, 2014 10:54am

Message In A Bottle

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on May 05, 2014 4:48am

Canary In A Coalmine

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on April 10, 2014 9:07pm

When The World Is Running Down

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on April 09, 2014 8:07pm

King Of Pain

Last Played on February 24, 2014 11:38pm

Voices Inside My Head

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on February 19, 2014 5:38pm

Driven To Tears

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on February 06, 2014 2:57pm


Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on February 02, 2014 4:13pm

Shadows in the Rain

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on January 31, 2014 2:13pm

Bring On The Night

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on January 27, 2014 3:06am

It's Alright For You

Reggatta de Blanc
Last Played on January 25, 2014 9:51pm

The Bed's Too Big Without You

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on January 20, 2014 10:15pm

Walking In Your Footsteps

Someone To Talk To

Message In A Box: The Complete Recording

Does Everyone Stare

Reggatta De Blanc

I Burn For You

Message in a Box: The Complete Recording




Bombs Away

Zenyatta Mondatta

Hole In My Life

Outlandos dAmour

Man In A Suitcase

Zenyatta Mondatta

Next To You



Ghosts In The Machine

Invisible Sun

Ghosts In The Machine


Rehumanize Yourself

Ghosts In The Machine

Synchronicity II