The Police

Formed 1977. Disbanded 2008.
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The Police: Every Breath You Take

Bernie Marsden explains why it's so hard to play the riff of Every Break You Take

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The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the US. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour lasting until August 2008.

Their 1983 album, Synchronicity, was number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and sold over 8 million copies in the US alone. They have sold more than 75 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. They were the world's highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour.

The band has won a number of music awards throughout their career, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, an MTV Video Music Award, and in 2003 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their five studio albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Police were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Synchronicity

    Synchronicity 1983

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    This band were never better than as a punchy reggae-lite trio and this was about as...
  2. Review of Zenyatta Mondatta

    Zenyatta Mondatta 1980

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    A rushed album, but still filled with gems...
  3. Review of Regatta de Blanc

    Regatta de Blanc 1979

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    Second time around, the band just get better...
  4. Review of Outlandos D'Amour

    Outlandos D'Amour 1978

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    'Outlandos d'Amour' is not only the first Police album, it's the best.
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