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.
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.