Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Police

The Police are an English band which was strongly influenced by reggae and punk rock. Originally formed in 1977 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/80s.

The Police are notable as one of the first mainstream white pop groups to adopt as a predominant musical form and to score major international hits with reggae-styled material. Although reggae was already very popular in the United Kingdom (due to the large number of Caribbean immigrants) the style was little known in the United States or other countries, and prior to the emergence of the Police only a handful of songs had enjoyed any significant chart success.

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. After Synchronicity, The Police stopped touring and recording, while Sting pursued his acting and solo music careers. In 1986 The Police reformed and went into the studio. Sting wanted to re-record their old songs, Andy and Stewart wanted to leave the originals alone. Only two songs were re-recorded during these studio sessions, this is considered the end of The Police. 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.

The Police re-formed in 2007, and opened the Grammy award ceremony of that year with a performance. A summer tour is confirmed for the band for 2007.

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