The Police

The Police have an album called Synchronicity which is apt because it describes them perfectly, three iconic musicians in their individual disciplines coming together to form one of the biggest bands of the 80's.

  1. Sting
  2. Andy Summers
  3. Stewart Copeland

Band History

The Police surfaced off the back of the 70's Punk wave. They did what they had to do to get noticed, they all peroxide blonde dyed their hair white, very Game of Thrones!

It worked. With that image change they were all over the music press, in the UK it was the NME and Melody Maker.

According to Paula Yates, Elvis Costello once told Sting…

You should stop singing in that fake Jamaican accent!

They did what every UK band aspires to, but rarely achieves, and broke in the US. Then they went global.

Their debut album, "Outlandos d'Amour" (1978), burst onto the scene with tracks like "Roxanne" and "Can't Stand Losing You," establishing them as rising stars in the punk and new wave scene. But it was their sophomore effort, "Reggatta de Blanc" (1979), that catapulted them to international fame, earning them their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

The early '80s saw them continue their reign with albums like "Zenyatta Mondatta" (1980) and "Ghost in the Machine" (1981), spawning hits like "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." Their blend of catchy melodies and infectious rhythms made them darlings of both the charts and the critics.

In 1983, they dropped their final studio album, "Synchronicity," which shot straight to the top of the charts and gave birth to timeless classics like "Every Breath You Take" and "King of Pain." The album dominated the Grammys, winning three awards including Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The Band Split

But like all good things, The Police's reign eventually came to an end. In 1984, they announced their breakup after a farewell tour that left fans mourning the end of an era. Despite their relatively short time together, their impact on music was seismic, influencing generations of artists across genres.

Each member brought their own unique flair to the band; Sting's soulful vocals and bass wizardry, Copeland's frenetic drumming, and Summers' atmospheric guitar work. Together, they were unstoppable, creating a sound that was unmistakably theirs.

My Police 'claim to fame' is that Sting once asked me where the toilets were when I was working with the backstage crew at Milton Keynes Bowl. Speaking of the Police, Ozzy Osbourne once said he flushed a load of weed down the toilet when Sting knocked on his door shouting, "It's The Police!"

Sting writes quite modal songs and went on to a great solo career whilst having Tantric sex!

The Band Legacy

Despite having not released anything together for 30 years they remain in the top 10 streamed bands on Spotify. The secret of their success? Rick Beato explains…

They weren’t young men when they broke but the reason they are still popular is the sheer energy, when you hear Roxanne it still resonates now and sounds fresh!

Songs: Roxxanne, Message in a Bottle, Every Breath You Take

Gear: Fender Stratocaster   

Check out the video too...