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Galeans
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24 August 2011 - 2.00am

So does anybody here likes them? They are a great band imho. Andy Summers is a great guitar player, Stewart Copeland is a terriffic drummer and Sting was at his peak here: his bass playing is way underrated.

 

I can't say what's my favorite album, I just have "Message in a Box" (a 4 CD set which contains all of the albums + all of the B-sides, many of which are better than the album tracks), but I guess it would be "Reggatta de Blanc"

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GniknuS
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24 August 2011 - 3.18am

My dad is really into the Police so they were one of the bands I listened to a lot in my teen years. I still enjoy them, but not quite as much as I did, Outlandes d'Amour or whatever the name of their first album is would be my favorite. I think it captures their goal of "Reggatta de Blanc" a little bit better than that album. My dad claims Synchronicity is their best, but I disagree. Check out the Police Live album, it's pretty fantastic.
As musicians I think they're all really underrated, and I've always enjoyed the strangeness of Sting's lyrics.

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24 August 2011 - 4.07am

A friend of mine was very into The Police and I became a fan because of him, but I have to say I only know a few of their albums. Synchonicity is just fantastic. My favorite song is King of Pain.

 

I have followed their solo careers. Sting's music was part of my 90s soundtrack, I think my favorite song is Shape of my Heart. Steward Copeland's instrumental music is among my favorite ones.

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RedLennon
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24 August 2011 - 6.10am

I am not huge into them, but I like what I have heard.  I was at work the other day and the radio station we were listening to was playing a police concert from their  recent reunion tour.  Still sounded pretty good, and it reminded me how many good songs they had. I might have to check them out sometime.

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25 August 2011 - 9.37am

My Mom is a big fan of Sting and the Police, so I think I inherited that trait. However most of my memories associated with them are somewhat alarming, such as the fact that my friend thought "Every Breath You Take" was a beautiful love song and played it obsessively... until I told her that it was in fact a song about stalking people. Also, my mom hates Andy Summers because he wrote "Mother". Despite all this I have grown to appreciate their album "Synchronicity" as well as Sting's solo work, although I'm sorry to say I'm not so familiar with more of the band's albums. 

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25 August 2011 - 11.31am

I enjoy most of their music. I've only ever owned Outlandos d'Amour and Ghost In The Machine on vinyl.

paulsbass, you are spot on about "Invisible Sun". It is one of my favorites.

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PennyLane
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26 August 2011 - 1.50am

I haven't listened to any of their albums and mostly know the major hits like Roxanne and Message in a Bottle. But after listening to their song "Nothing Achieving" did I really realize how good of a band they are. Copeland is pretty badass on the drums I must admit.

I actually watched a documentary filmed by Stewart about the band's career. I can't remember the name of it, but it made me more interested in the band.

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26 August 2011 - 1.38pm

PennyLane said:

I haven't listened to any of their albums and mostly know the major hits like Roxanne and Message in a Bottle. But after listening to their song "Nothing Achieving" did I really realize how good of a band they are. Copeland is pretty badass on the drums I must admit.

I actually watched a documentary filmed by Stewart about the band's career. I can't remember the name of it, but it made me more interested in the band.

If you like Copeland, you should check "Klark Kent", which was a project he had while he was in The Police. In that project he would record songs that he wrote and were descarded by The Police and he played all the instruments and sang. Some of them are actually pretty great ("Thrills", "Don't Care", "Office Girls")

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26 August 2011 - 9.34pm

Galeans said:

PennyLane said:

I haven't listened to any of their albums and mostly know the major hits like Roxanne and Message in a Bottle. But after listening to their song "Nothing Achieving" did I really realize how good of a band they are. Copeland is pretty badass on the drums I must admit.

I actually watched a documentary filmed by Stewart about the band's career. I can't remember the name of it, but it made me more interested in the band.

If you like Copeland, you should check "Klark Kent", which was a project he had while he was in The Police. In that project he would record songs that he wrote and were descarded by The Police and he played all the instruments and sang. Some of them are actually pretty great ("Thrills", "Don't Care", "Office Girls")

I have "Don't Care". It's a good song. The man is talented.

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28 April 2014 - 9.12pm

I've wanted to start a topic on The Police for a while, but as I was diggin' through the ol' All Together Now, I stumbled upon this!
The Police are my second favorite band, so I obviously have a high opinion of them. Sting was an amazing lyricist, he could write such meaningful songs and have all sorts of people love them. There's a quote of his I believe that said something like, "If people don't understand your music and still love it, you're a good writer." Once again, paraphrasing and I hope that was his quote. As a bassist, Sting is/was no disappointment either, his baselines are some of the best. Andy Summers is a great guitarist, his musical influences really made music put out by The Police so interesting. And Stewart Copland is a wonderful drummer, as shown in tracks like Next To You, which is pretty basic but starts their first album with a steady beat, and Don't Stand So Close To Me '86 which also has a great drum intro.
The thing about The Police is that they were a power trio, playing off each other, leaving open space for each others' instruments and having all the different parts come together perfectly.
If I have to choose a favorite album it'd be Every Breath You Take: The Singles, I don't know if it counts but its a collection of all their singles, some of their best work all in one place. Some really great music and lyrics.

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Starr Shine?
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28 April 2014 - 9.18pm

I am more of a casual fan of Police and only heard the more popular songs like Every breath you take or Roxane and I like their stuff and will probably look into it more after I get done with solo Beatles stuff.

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28 April 2014 - 9.29pm

I don't mind them, I really like a few tracks but not enough to buy more than a couple of CDs and a DVD of their video clips.

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28 April 2014 - 9.39pm

Annadog40 said

I am more of a casual fan of Police and only heard the more popular songs like Every breath you take or Roxane and I like their stuff and will probably look into it more after I get done with solo Beatles stuff.

It'll be worth it though! They didn't have too many albums anyway, so not too hard to listen to most of their stuff.

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Von Bontee
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28 April 2014 - 9.44pm

Many good songs aside from the hits on their first three albums. Always preferred their own peculiar reggae-borrowings to the real thing.

Strangely enough I've never owned "Ghost In the Machine".

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28 April 2014 - 10.39pm

I thought i only knew and liked about 5 or 6 of their songs but got a greatest hits compilation recently and knew and liked most of them, which was a surprise, so have ordered another expanded greatest hits to see what the others are like. Its the only album of theirs my local library has and its waiting to be picked up. Don't Stand So Close To Me is one of my favourite songs.

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29 April 2014 - 1.16am

I like them. They catch criminals pretty well.

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29 April 2014 - 1.20am

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
I like them. They catch criminals pretty well.

My uncle is a member of the police

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29 April 2014 - 1.28am

I had a chance to see them at Bonnaroo when they played there in '07 but things fell through.

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29 April 2014 - 2.09am

wetsroosa said

I had a chance to see them at Bonnaroo when they played there in '07 but things fell through.

I wish I could've seen em live... I don't think they're gonna do another tour.

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29 April 2014 - 1.32pm

They won't. That was advertised as a one-time only reunion. Such is life, right?

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