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 for the album’s 40th anniversary.
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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 […]
“Love can mend your life, but love can break your heart…”- “Message in a Bottle”, 1979 (Sting) “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, […]
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.
Beginning in 1979 and continuing all the way until 1987 with Crest of a Knave, Jethro Tull’s fate and fortunes would be quite unlike their first decade of success when the unique amalgam of blues rock, Scottish Highlands folk, and hard rock, led by Ian Anderson and exemplified by Aqualung and the worldwide #1-seller Thick As a Brick, packed arenas.
Police singer/ songwriter Sting’s first solo album,” The Dream of the Blue Turtles”, was highly anticipated. Musical direction-wise it surprised some who did not know Sting’s pre-punk jazz roots at college, but in no way did it disappoint, with “If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free”, “Russians”, and “Fortress Around Your Heart”.
Sting is my guest here In the Studio for “The Dream of the Blue Turtles” classic rock interview on its thirty-fifth anniversary the week of May 18. -Redbeard