Still Stuck in the 80’s

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I like THE POLICE.

What isn’t to love about the police?
Nominally, the Police were punk rock, but that’s only in the loosest sense of the term. The trio’s nervous, reggae-injected pop/rock was punky, but it wasn’t necessarily punk.

All three members were considerably more technically proficient than the average punk or new wave band.  Andy Summers had a precise guitar attack that created dense, interlocking waves of sounds and effects. Stewart Copeland could play polyrhythms effortlessly. And Sting, with his high, keening voice, was capable of constructing infectiously catchy pop songs.

While they weren’t punk, the Police certainly demonstrated that the punk spirit could have a future in pop music. As their career progressed, the Police grew considerably more adventurous, experimenting with jazz and various world musics.

7 thoughts on “Still Stuck in the 80’s

  1. I first heard them around the time I went to Italy which must have been 1979. I missed seeing them around that time in Madison–through oversight–I missed seeing U2 a couple years later too. I still kick myself.

  2. Opie, you DO miss "Chip and Dud".

    That's about the time I switched to Country Western.

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