Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer School of Rock - The Police

This is one of the bands that resides on my list even though I'm sure there are those out there who will disagree.  Their influence on music hasn't been enormous and earth-shattering, but it's there nonetheless.

In support of my argument that they belong here, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.  That, and they are the band from whence came this.

Sting, a.k.a. Gordon Sumner,
and a guy who has aged very well.
The Police formed in 1977 in England.  Stewart Copeland, an American expatriot partnered with Sting and Henry Padovani.  Within the year they were touring and recording,  and they even had commercial work.  Their first album, Outlandos d'Amour,  was a struggle to record financially, without a manager or record deal, but would produce their first hit Roxanne.  They got that record deal and manager.

They had a different sound, combining punk and reggae and different instruments.  Then there always was their most powerful instrument, Sting's voice.

Their second album came with a world tour, and their third brought them their first Grammy for Don't Stand So Close to Me.  The controversial nature of their lyrics often didn't sit well with people.  Writing about prostitution and inappropriate relationships with students will do that, particularly given Sting's prior life as a high school teacher.

Their fifth album, Synchronicity, was their last studio album and contained several hits including Every Breath You Take and King of Pain.  It was during that tour that Sting decided he'd done all he could with this group, and knew he wanted to pursue a solo career.  He left the group shortly thereafter, and the rest of the group dissolved.

They did a reunion tour in 2007-08, and each of the members have pursued solo interests fairly successfully.  Sting, obviously, has done well for himself.

My personal favorite of his solo releases is a song that was never wildly popular, but speaks to my soul.  It came from the ...Nothing Like The Sun album.

2 comments:

  1. I saw them at the Live Earth concert in 2007. Pure awesomeness.

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  2. I don't know how the kids are doing in your Summer School of Rock, but this ol' gal is learning a lot -- and absolutely loving it! Thx!! --MJ

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