By the time October 1981 ‘s fourth Police album “Ghost in the Machine” was dispatched, the exposed roots and influences shown by the London-based trio founded by Yankee drummer Stewart Copeland, who had emerged from the dying embers of the Punk Rock scene there, were more Miles and Mingus than Johnny Rotten. “Ghost in the Machine” topped the UK sales chart, #2 on Billboard album chart, over three million copies sold in America alone, and Rolling Stone magazine ranking it at #322 on their Top 500 Albums of All Time list. Police commissioner Stewart Copeland and six-string sharpshooter Andy Summers are your personal Ghost…busters with me here In the Studio in this classic rock interview.
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It seems that stardom for The Police had occurred in the UK after the release of their second album, “Regatta de Blanc” , but mainstream popularity in the U.S. still eluded them until October 1980’s “Zenyatta Mondatta”. My guests In the Studio are Police-men Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers.
If any fans in the massive audience witnessing the reunion tour by the Police in Buenos Aires back in December 2007 were literally “Driven to Tears“, then no doubt they were tears of joy. This kind of reaction was replayed nightly so often that the multi-year, multi-continent musical dragnet ranks in the top three biggest […]
“Outlandos d’Amour has a certain grotesque, naïve charm about it,” Sting offers in this interview about the second album by The Police, “but Regatta de Blanc is infinitely a better record.” Both the critics and the rock audience agreed, garnering two #1 hits in the UK with “Walking on the Moon” and “Message in a Bottle”, plus topping the album sales chart there with Regatta de Blanc.
Here is a rare early performance by The Police of “Walking on the Moon” in a Boston club 1979 just after the release of their second album, Regatta de Blanc . –Redbeard
we find out from my guests Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander and guitarist/songwriter Rick Nielsen that the band had actually interrupted recording their fourth studio album, “Dream Police” , in order to do that first Japanese tour in 1978. Several hits would eventually come from “Dream Police”, including “Voices”,”It’s the Way of the World”, and the title song, but those would have to wait while Cheap Trick scuttled all plans while they learned to surf the tsunami of success from the unexpected live album.
“Outlandos d’Amour’ has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it,” Sting confesses in this interview about the Police debut,”but ‘Regatta de Blanc’ was infinitely a much better record.”
Starting with 1978’s “Outlandos d’Amour”, the UK breakthrough “Regatta de Blanc”, their 1980 worldwide hit “Zenyatta Mondatta”, and “Ghost in the Machine” the following year, you could debate whether the first four albums by the Anglo-American band The Police were significant enough creatively and commercially to issue a warrant to book them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet this fact is certain: the 1983 Police album “Synchronicity” guaranteed it.
Preparing this thirtieth anniversary interview with Black Crowes co-founders singer Chris Robinson and his younger guitar-playing brother Rich Robinson to mark their second release, “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion”, the deja vu was uncanny and not a little bit unsettling. Constantly I had to remind myself that the trends these Atlanta natives were seeing in the mid-1990s, and the predictions they made then, sound eerily like today’s headlines. Peering now into their spyglass in reverse, it is both remarkable in its accuracy but, I must admit, troubling in its sense of creeping inevitability.
It is the fortieth anniversary of Blackout, the March 1982 big breakthrough in the US for the irrepressible Scorpions. Over the decades I’ve had countless famous musicians claim that rock & roll had become their life ,but only John Kay of Steppenwolf and the members of The Scorpions knew that playing rock music could COST them their lives…