The Police formed in
London in 1977, initially as a band called Curved Air.
Members of Curved Air were invited to participate in a
project called Strontium 90, which ultimately resulted
in the creation of The Police. When the membership
of the band was settled, the trio consisted of Sting on
vocals/bass, Andy Summers on guitar, and Stewart
Copeland on drums.
On a shoe string budget, the Police
released their first album,
Outlandos d'Amour, in 1978.
The single "Roxanne" from this album caught the
attention of A&M Records, and the group was offered a
record deal. Not only was "Roxanne" a hit from
this album, but also the songs "Can't Stand Losing You"
and "So Lonely". Their follow-up release,
Reggatta de Blanc, also did well, and featured the
hit songs "Message in a Bottle" and "Walking on the
Police kept the hits rolling into the 1980's.
Other songs you will remember include "Don't Stand So
Close to Me" and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" from
Zenyatta Mondatta (1980),
"Invisible Sun", "Everything Little Thing She Does is
Magic", and "Spirits in the Material World" from
Ghost in the Machine
(1981), and "Every Breath You Take", "Wrapped Around
Your Finger", and "Synchronicity II" from
Synchronicity tour ended in 1984, Sting embarked on
a solo career. The trio did continued playing some
shows in the 80's, and had plans for a new studio album,
but ultimately the band broke up for good and the trio
members all went onto to solo careers. In the late
2000's, the trio re-united for a world tour, but at the
time of this writing, there had been little activity.
The Police Discography is as follows:1978: Outlandos d'Amour
1979: Reggatta de Blanc
1980: Zenyatta Mondatta
1980: Six Pack
1981: Ghost in the Machine
1986: Every Breath You Take: The Singles
1990: Their Greatest Hits
1992: Greatest Hits
1993: Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings
1995: Voices Inside My Head (Remixes)
1995: Every Breath You Take: The Classics
1997: The Very Best of Sting & The Police
2007: The Police
2008: Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires
2009: The 50 Greatest Songs
Zenyatta . . .
DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME:
[starts] Young teacher, the subject,
of school girl fantasy, She wants him, so badly,
knows what she wants to be,
[chorus] Don't stand, don't stand so,
Don't stand so close to me [etc]