April 18, 2014 Leave a comment
The Police were a sort of cross between punk, reggae, pop, with a bit of jazz thrown in. They were, and are, all great musicians. Well, you have to be if you want to be in a 3-piece band. There’s nowhere to hide. They hit the big time with Outlandos d’Amour which came out in 1978, followed that album with Reggatta de Blanc, and then Zenyatta Mondatta, which had their classic hit Don’t Stand So Close To Me. Ghost in the Machine followed and them came Synchronicity, a true monster hit of an album. They were a great band – Sting on bass and vocals, Andy Stewart on guitar, and Stewart Copeland on drums. Here are five of my favourite songs from them. It’s not a definitive list, just five that come to mind.
1. Roxanne – of course, who could forget this song. It is a classic from the 70s. On so many compilation albums that practically everybody has heard it, however it’s popularity hasn’t dulled my appreciation of it. A bit of punk influence mixed with some reggae sounds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T1c7GkzRQQ&list=RD3T1c7GkzRQQ
2. Can’t Stand Losing You - this is a reggae influenced song from their first album, not a big hit, but it’s a good song, not over-produced and well crafted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH0vjLwMyc4
3. The Bed’s Too Big Without You – a soothing guitar intro guides the listener into this song, it’s a cruisy musical massage for the mind – very relaxing too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stlKHh_f0-0&list=RDZRS3cL0fdZ8
4. Bring on the Night – There is some jazz influence coming through on this, mixed with the reggae feel. Very relaxing intro and song. It’s a sort of musical massage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_8_eP7v8X4&list=RDR_8_eP7v8X4
5. Peanuts – Off Outlandos d’Amour , and a bit more punk than anything else. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkYTfmNd5c4&list=RDRcEumfNE9vM