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The Police were an English rock band strongly influenced by reggae, jazz and punk rock. They were originally formed in 1977 in London by Stewart Copeland (drums), Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting (bass and lead vocals), and Henry Padovani (guitar). Andy Summers later joined the group, and after a very short stint as a quartet, Padovani left the band. The Police became one of the most popular bands in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. The Police are notable as one of the first mainstream white pop groups to adopt reggae as a predominant musical form and to score major international hits with reggae-styled material. Although reggae was already very popular in the United Kingdom (due to the large number of Caribbean immigrants) the style was little known in the United States or other countries, and prior to the emergence of the Police only a handful of reggae songs had enjoyed any significant chart success. Tension grew between the band members, because unlike most other bands, they did not share songwriting credits. They released their last album, Synchronicity, in 1983, selling over 8 million copies. Synchronicity is critically regarded as their best album, with hits such as Synchronicity II, King of Pain, and probably their best known song, Every Breath You Take. In 1984, after touring in support of Synchronicity, The Police went on hiatus while Sting pursued his acting and solo music careers. Two years later, The Police reformed and played a few concerts for Amnesty International. Soon after the band went into the studio. Sting wanted to re-record their old songs but Andy and Stewart wanted to leave the originals alone and only two songs were re-recorded during these studio sessions. Although the group is considered to have disbanded in 1984, 1986 was the last time The Police engaged in any musical activity. In 1992 the band released "Message in a Box", their 4 CD box set, and performed at Sting's wedding to Trudie Styler. A live CD was released in June 1995. On March 10, 2003 The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed Message in a Bottle, Roxanne and Every Breath You Take. The Police reformed in 2007 and opened the Grammy award ceremony of that year with a performance of Roxanne. Towards the end of May the band began a world tour. In 2008 the tour ended at Madison Square Garden, New York on August 7, and The Police disbanded for good. Sting was quoted towards the end of the tour that he had achieved closure with the band and revealed that The Police would never tour or record again. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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Every Breath You Take

Last Played on April 22, 2015 5:02pm

Roxanne

Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on April 04, 2015 4:14am

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on March 01, 2015 8:41am

Don't Stand So Close To Me

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on February 27, 2015 1:14pm

Can't Stand Losing You

Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on February 26, 2015 2:16pm

Walking On The Moon

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on February 24, 2015 5:40pm

When The World Is Running Down

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on February 08, 2015 7:52am

Synchronicty I

Synchronicity
Last Played on January 12, 2015 6:48pm

Murder By Numbers

Last Played on January 06, 2015 4:57pm

Canary In A Coalmine

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on October 12, 2014 2:45am

Next To You

Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on April 27, 2014 2:55am

So Lonely

Outlandos D'Amour
Last Played on April 22, 2014 12:53am

One World (Not Three)

Ghost in the Machine
Last Played on April 20, 2014 8:14am

King Of Pain

Synchronicity
Last Played on February 24, 2014 11:38pm

Voices Inside My Head

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on February 19, 2014 5:38pm

It's Alright For You

Reggatta de Blanc
Last Played on February 19, 2014 9:55am

Message In A Bottle

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on February 14, 2014 12:03pm

Shadows in the Rain

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on January 31, 2014 2:13pm

Bring On The Night

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on January 22, 2014 9:23am

The Bed's Too Big Without You

Reggatta De Blanc
Last Played on January 20, 2014 10:15pm

Driven To Tears

Zenyatta Mondatta
Last Played on January 20, 2014 1:23pm

Invisible Sun

Ghosts In The Machine

WHEN THE WORLD IS RUNNING DOWN, YOU MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT'S

Rehumanize Yourself

Ghosts In The Machine

Synchronicity II

Synchronicity

Walking In Your Footsteps

Someone To Talk To

Message In A Box: The Complete Recording

Does Everyone Stare

Reggatta De Blanc

I Burn For You

Message in a Box: The Complete Recording

TEA IN THE SAHARA

Synchronicity

THE BED'S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU

Bombs Away

Zenyatta Mondatta

Hole In My Life

Outlandos dAmour

Man In A Suitcase

Zenyatta Mondatta

Next To You

Propaganda

SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD

Ghosts In The Machine