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subtitled why the fuck did uncut devote half the magazine to someone who's best msuical note was obtained sticking his head up his ass in a tantric daze.

Queen G, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

sting has a hair transplant, just like gary numan

electric sound of jim, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"we have to shout above the din of our Rice Krispies" is a cool line...

Phong Wiedermeier, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The video with Quentin Crisp is great.

Arthur, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The first album for the Police is pretty damn good (relatively speaking).

Oh, wait, that's not interesting.

Daver, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The only Sting shit I ever heard was Every Breath You Take.....then, him singing the same thing with Puffy at that awards show and it was dedicated to Princess Di, and though Sting was struggling on the mic, all I could focus on was how Puffy's jaw looked like one of those argentinian kids' who had their shit chopped off by a gang as punishment for their fathers' debts, man how can Puffy even produce sound through that thing? looks like Alien 2.....he should be drooling!....then I heard the stuff Sting did on the leaving las Vegas soundtrack, which was pretty good.

Ramosi, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Worth seeking out a couple of their very very early songs, "Landlord" and "Dead End Job," to hear an approximation of punk by people who honestly had no idea. I mean, they're nothing like what they _think_ they are... but they're actually not bad, in their way.

Also: at the reunion gig they did at the Amnesty International concert in '89 or so, Stewart had a really great haircut.

Best line from Police Behind the Music: Stewart saying "In my mind, the Police will always be my band. And Sting? He's my singer. No, actually- -he's my BASS PLAYER."

Douglas, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

there's an awful lot of sting hostility around here, which may be somewhat understandable, but there's also a lot of support for crap like missy elliott and timbaland and such trl fodder. wtf?? there's a lot worse musicians to pick on than sting. Most police songs are pretty good, and dream of the blue turtles, nothing like the sun, bring on the night were all great to me at the time. Now I'm fighting against the adult contempo thing so much that I can't dig what he's doing, but I don't feel that he deserves all this abuse.

Ron, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Tonight I watched this stage adaptation of the story of Job, where Job was a hopelessly faithful office dweeb who refused to join a strike against his evil corporate boss Jehovah, and there was a part where Job had been demoted to janitorial duties and Jehovah kept making a terrible mess for poor Job to mop up and they played "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" and it was actually really unexpectedly moving. They also played Daft Punk during the intermission and had a dance party.

Ian, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, yeah! The Leaving Las Vegas soundtrack. I found it VERY surprising to learn that Sting could actually sing when he put his mind to it. (That stuff he calls "singing" in his other work really qualifies as overwrought belting. A humiliating kick in the crotch, if you will.) When his song came on during the film, I wasn't sure if it was Sting, because, damn me, he actually sounded emotional. Like he gave a shit. A pleasant change of pace.

The pic of Stewart in Curved Air (in the Uncut article) is quite charming. He looks so mischevious. (And, woo, look at 'em go out on a limb and slap _Synchronicity_ with a 2.5 star rating. Whoa doctor!)

Daver, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sting looks really lurvely in this month's Harper's Bazaar.

nathalie, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The Police's wack attempts at reggae & ska on their first 4 albums resulted in something that wasn't either but was fun and occasionally kinda exciting in its own right ("Death Wish", "Spirits In The Material World"). "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" meant a lot to me when I was 16, for personal reasons.

Also, Popshots is OTM about that LLV song.

I seem to recall more than one ILMer has defended "Dream Of The Blue Turtles" before in these parts. Care to elaborate, whoever it was?

Jeff W, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

what's "trl fodder"?

mark s, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

TRL = Total Request Live, a fantastic-sounding MTV program we don't get here, kind of a ring-in Top Of The Pops with more new releases and less Ash.

Tom, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sting i would like to fuck . Hardcore . So his anus bleeds . Thats good .

anthony, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

As arsey as this sounds... the guitar sounds from the Police were actually really good. Very few bands understand the importance of space in guitar playing, the Police were one of them.

Judd Nelson, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

in first grade music class, we would sing "message in a bottle" over and over again; this was a good decade before i even realized that it was a police song. even now, the default version of the song playing in my head is off-key in twenty directions and accompanied by a casio synthesizer. also, i think anthony is correct; they were all rather attractive.

dave k, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

about Sting: he gets by with as little melody as possible
about the Police: Stewart Copeland was a damn fine drummer

dleone, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

sting = front-rank cosmos-wide twat HOWEVER da police got a poorer rep than they deserve imo

i wd rather die that be caught owning one of their "albums", of course – indeed i'm not sure what FORMAT i'd find acceptable, 7"s possibly

mark s, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

ps i think only anthony has really achieved "interesting" so far in this thread

mark s, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

When Sting did those Jaguar commercials I almost lost my mind. Mr. Rainforest sings a song for a gas guzzling car company-holy smokes! Then he tried to poke fun at himself (and promote his new tour) with another set of commercials for some sort of computer place.

Lindsey B, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Best Police format = cassette obv (ideally, unlabelled and half taped over by something else.) (NB - this is not a Police diss: see my non- 'interesting' comments upthread)

Jeff W, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I once lived downstairs from this ponytailed wannabe graphic designer guy. He was a real mama's boy - we was in his late twenties and his mom was always coming to pick up his laundry and shit. He had this framed picture up that he made a big deal of showing everyone who came to his house. He'd photoshopped his own face over his father's face in a wedding picture of his parents and clearly had no clue that this was a Freudian nightmare scenario. He sang for a band that looked as if it had been assembled by the Canadian government for an anti-smoking ad campaign. Clean cut kids from diverse backgrounds playing modestly funky Hootie-pop wearing cargo pants and Risky Business Ray-Bans.

He invited me ro a party one night. I wasn't going to go, but people were stomping and yelling "OH YEAH!" and "ALRIGHT!" and sounding like they were having the time of their lives. So I went upstairs expecting some out-of-control celebration and there was no-one there but the band, and they were all gathered around the TV watching a video of a Sting concert, screaming in ecstasy at Sting's every movement. It was creepier than a GG Allin concert.

fritz, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

This question is impossible to answer. It's like asking somebody to explain why a circle isn't a square. There is nothing interesting to say about either Sting or the Police. Sting is a black hole that swallows "interesting," so it may never be seen again.

J, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I have a Police t-shirt, with the synchronicity album cover on it. I wear it often.

Sterling Clover, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The only way to attempt to say anything interesting about Sting is to abandon all thought of music: he is in a Dennis Potter TV play, Brimstone and Treacle. Not Potter's best, certainly, but infinitely more exciting than any part of Sting's musical career.

Martin Skidmore, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I am still reeling from this:

He'd photoshopped his own face over his father's face in a wedding picture of his parents...

I have nothing else to say. I don't know if I'll even be able to speak for the rest of the day.

xwerxes, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Trust me, it was one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen, especially when coupled with his well-practiced explanation of it - which was entirely technical, describing the photoshop process - and totally free of any awareness that his oedipus complex was a really strange thing to illustrate and display with pride.

fritz, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Two annoying Police memories: Being squashed up at the front of 50,000 festival seated people at Hollywood Park with people passing out left and right in the heat while they played "So Lonely".

The second was discovering that the opening chords to "Message In A Bottle" was actually Boston's "Peace Of Mind" slowed down.

Chris Barrus, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

They not only sucked but influenced Rush to suck as well.

sundar subramanian, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I used to get laffs at school by singing "massage in a brothel" instead of "message in a bottle"

electric sound of jim, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Sting gave higher profile to the greatest drummer of all time, Vinnie Colaiuta....thanks you egocentric pop star.

brian, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the greatest drummer of all time, Vinnie Colaiuta

*scratches head, checks AMG*

Anyone who plays on an Asia reunion record from 2001 is immediately suspect.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

six years pass...

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I think this could be important.

forksclovetofu, Friday, 13 June 2008 22:38 (thirteen years ago) link

fun fact: the police are hugely popular and widely respected in brazil. probably, i think, because they were quite complex rhythmically, and brazil is all about complex rhythms*. and as brazil makes great music (yes, the entire country! really!) ergo, if everyone there thinks the police are great, there must be something to it. obviously.

*and also, sting doesn't make a lot of personal visits there

messiahwannabe, Saturday, 14 June 2008 11:35 (thirteen years ago) link

An uncle of mine who passed away about five years ago was absolutely convinced that the Police were French, which prompted many a vein-popping argument `round the Thanksgiving table. He would not be convinced otherwise. It was maddening. No, I didn't kill him.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 14 June 2008 11:56 (thirteen years ago) link

^^^ any particular reason why he thought that? It seems weird, like thinking the Stones are from Louisiana. Actually come to think of it, the Police are a bit French looking. Maybe it's the haircuts. Or Summers ' insistence on wearing jackets with the sleeves rolled up which gives off a certain mid-80's Lyon chic thing. Copeland in particular seems to have a permanent Gallic shrug on. And maybe Sting's pretentiousness is more acceptable if he's thought of as a sort of French art student.

snoball, Saturday, 14 June 2008 12:16 (thirteen years ago) link

The vague patois Sting affects in "Message In Bottle" sounds a bit like a French person speaking English, if I dwell on it.

bendy, Saturday, 14 June 2008 12:53 (thirteen years ago) link

It was primarily due to Sting's afore-mentioned bullshit accent, and the titles of their first two albums.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 14 June 2008 13:02 (thirteen years ago) link

And they did sing that song in French on Ghost in the Machine.

That doesn't make them French, though.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 14 June 2008 13:03 (thirteen years ago) link

they're the kind of band who would be considered cool in france in the late 70s and 80s.*

*ie when france was at a low ebb, music hotness-wise

banriquit, Saturday, 14 June 2008 13:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Stewart Copeland's hi-hat on 'Walking on the Moon' is obviously, if unusually, multitracked. He would occasionally amuse himself by seeking out pub bands playing Police covers, and watching the drummers tie themselves in knots trying to recreate parts that only octopuses could play.

Also, The Police's 'world tours' actually did venture beyond western Europe and the US. At the height of their fame they played gigs in places like India, Thailand and Egypt.

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 14 June 2008 14:00 (thirteen years ago) link

French students pissing around...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltUiKvNsgJ0

snoball, Saturday, 14 June 2008 14:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Who is the little one, a pet perhaps? Will she deserve my special attentions??

Ludo, Saturday, 14 June 2008 14:25 (thirteen years ago) link

He would occasionally amuse himself by seeking out pub bands playing Police covers, and watching the drummers tie themselves in knots trying to recreate parts that only octopuses could play.

smug

m coleman, Saturday, 14 June 2008 14:31 (thirteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Then Play Long takes an alphabetical look at Sting's ...Nothing Like The Sun: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/sting-nothing-like-sun.html

agincourtgirl, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:59 (seven years ago) link

one wonders whether Sting is looking at the lonely dancing ladies of Chile or the world destroying itself and resisting the temptation to add the line “That’s my soul up there."

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:01 (seven years ago) link

I think right now a lot of people are just saying "Fuck the police".

MarkoP, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:05 (seven years ago) link

I once lived downstairs from this ponytailed wannabe graphic designer guy. He was a real mama's boy - we was in his late twenties and his mom was always coming to pick up his laundry and shit. He had this framed picture up that he made a big deal of showing everyone who came to his house. He'd photoshopped his own face over his father's face in a wedding picture of his parents and clearly had no clue that this was a Freudian nightmare scenario. He sang for a band that looked as if it had been assembled by the Canadian government for an anti-smoking ad campaign. Clean cut kids from diverse backgrounds playing modestly funky Hootie-pop wearing cargo pants and Risky Business Ray-Bans.
He invited me ro a party one night. I wasn't going to go, but people were stomping and yelling "OH YEAH!" and "ALRIGHT!" and sounding like they were having the time of their lives. So I went upstairs expecting some out-of-control celebration and there was no-one there but the band, and they were all gathered around the TV watching a video of a Sting concert, screaming in ecstasy at Sting's every movement. It was creepier than a GG Allin concert.

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This is the single most disturbing thing i've ever read

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:49 (seven years ago) link

It should be made into a short film.

Dominique, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:54 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...

I’ll be honest with you I usually don’t check what thread I’m posting in

there is only one thread, i'm on the same page. literally

sarahell, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 05:15 (one year ago) link

When I was a kid, I had Sting’s autograph — my mom saw him at a restaurant or hotel, and asked him to sign a slip of paper. He wrote: “To [my name], Sting.” I had it a little frame on my bulletin board, next to a few other autographs that my mom got me on business trips.

Charging for Brewskis™ (morrisp), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 06:57 (one year ago) link

My high school must have been super "cool" (or cynical) because everyone hated The Police. Then I got to college and a super hip college radio DJ said, "no one would dare criticize The Police!" I was like, "oh really?" I guess it depends on geography.

But I did have a good friend in h.s. who was madly in love with Sting and had pictures of him all over her wall. I could NOT see the appeal.

Then, a few months ago, I watched a video of a recent Sting interview and found myself thinking, "yeah, I'd hit it." And was horrified with myself, but to be honest, he has aged remarkably well (must be all that yoga).

Alpha 666, The Number of the Beast (I M Losted), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 14:27 (one year ago) link

Would have been cooler if they used more ragtime in their sound.

peace, man, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 14:34 (one year ago) link

they were my favorite band as a kid. even though they broke up the year I was born. I found an Outlandos d'Amour mirror in a thrift shop once and it was my most prized possession. I've still never seen another one. it's probably worth 3 bucks.

I saw them in 2007 in Milwaukee with Elvis Costello opening. good show actually but Sting ruined it by saying something like "I was a school teacher man...what the fuck happened to me?" as though he didn't make millions of dollars selling AOR shite

the more Stewart Copeland stuff I listen to the more I realize that he brought a lot of the elements that drew me to the band in the first place. I think him & Andy did a lot to streamline the band's sound. obviously it doesn't work if Sting wasn't crankin' out the hits but there are certain Copeland discs that sound way more like The Police than anything Sting did

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 14:36 (one year ago) link

Defund the Police imo

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 14:44 (one year ago) link

copeland composed the soundtracks to the spyro the dragon games, which a friend insists is some of the greatest music ever. i usually agree with his taste to some extent but to me it's some of the most strangely tuneless music i've ever heard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwqxLW9138g

ufo, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 14:49 (one year ago) link

Copeland may be the best thing about the Police, but the first time I ever saw him on TV was backing THE DOORS on late night television. An unbelievably fake reunion of an often shitty band, Ian Astbury replaced Jim Morrison. I heard John Densmore objected and refused to participate, choosing instead to sue them (and eventually winning), but I was shocked that Copeland of all people agreed to fill in. He's a far, FAR better drummer than Densmore, but it was absolutely ridiculous to hear his drumming slotted into "Light My Fire" - he still sounded like the drummer for the Police, incongruously thrown into a very different band.

Not counting TV appearances, he only did about four shows with them, and supposedly he pulled out due to an injury. I wish I could say it was an excuse to quit after coming to his senses, but he actually intended to go back, and when he was told he would be replaced, he sued them for breaching their oral contract.

The whole debacle climaxed with Densmore's lawsuit. As it was later reported, "in a shocking turn of events, Police drummer Stewart Copeland...took the stand to speak out against the misuse of the name...[according to Densmore,] 'Copeland challenged [Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger's] use of the Doors name. He said that it wouldn’t be appropriate to call themselves the Doors. But if they didn’t, the limos and big arenas might disappear.'"

A few years later, the Police reunion happened, which seemed like a blatant but far more palatable cash-in, selling out stadiums playing the same exact setlist of hits with the most bare-bones stage possible. I don't think it would've been worth the average ticket price of $135 (adjusted for inflation), but at least they sounded okay.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 15:17 (one year ago) link

why is he a far better drummer than Densmore?

I used to love them as a kid. They were my first concert ( Shea Stadium, NYC with REM and Joan Jett ). Hated the concert.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:06 (one year ago) link

I was going to post something a couple of weeks back about the golden age of the splash cymbal in the '80s, lead by Copeland but continuing with Manu Katche, Mark Brzezicki, Neil Peart. The run might have ended with David Lovering, who uses the splash a lot in the Pixies, but now you mostly just hear it as accents in metal and prog.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:49 (one year ago) link

I'm still bitter they didn't record an album in 2007, it would probably have sucked but I wanted to hear them try. every other New Wave group did it

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:58 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Watched and enjoyed the Andy Summers focused documentary "Cant Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police" last night off the Amazon.

Got to say how it was put together does show why they came apart even from the reunion angle and some of Summers photographs were really pretty amazing.

Loved the reunion clip of him in Japan and happening on the Karaoke bar with the customers singing "Every Breath You Take". I sure hope it was not staged, did not look like it was.

Couple good lines and pictures about his early bands and Eric Burdon too. Worth checking out if a fan of the group.

earlnash, Monday, 18 October 2021 14:40 (one month ago) link

I met a guy a few years back in western Mass. who is a close friend of Sting's, and the young daughter who was with him kept referring to Uncle Sting which I thought was very cute.

henry s, Monday, 18 October 2021 16:47 (one month ago) link

the post by fritz upthread is amazing.

Kim Kimberly, Monday, 18 October 2021 16:56 (one month ago) link

stings cousin bernard can not sing!

xzanfar, Monday, 18 October 2021 20:47 (one month ago) link

the post by fritz upthread is amazing.

^ yes!

i had no idea until yesterday that andy summers won a grammy for 'behind my camel' - best rock instrumental performance in 1980

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 18 October 2021 20:58 (one month ago) link

their only Grammy!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 October 2021 21:04 (one month ago) link

not quite - the police also won it in 1979 for regatta de blanc (the track not the album). the 'behind my camel' award is funny though as it's such a weird tune. apparently sting refused to play on it because he hated it so much?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 18 October 2021 21:09 (one month ago) link

it beat YYZ! fucking insane

frogbs, Monday, 18 October 2021 22:00 (one month ago) link

btw I found the Klark Kent 10" at a shop the other day, just browsing some unorganized stack. thought it may have been fairly rare but apparently it's not (I paid a fiver). its an amusing record to me b/c once you listen to it you can tell that even though Sting was writing most of the songs the actual Police "sound" was very much Copeland's (at least on the first 3 albums). fwiw most of the best Klark Kent stuff isn't on it - the best 45 minutes of "Kollected Works" would be about as good as any Police LP really

frogbs, Monday, 18 October 2021 22:29 (one month ago) link

when I was a kid I thought sting sung the way he does because he was French

brimstead, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 02:39 (one month ago) link

apologies for the violent tense shifting there

brimstead, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 02:39 (one month ago) link

their only Grammy!

Wait, the Police won 5 Grammys and, additionally, Sting, as songwriter, also won Song of the Year for "Every Breath You Take". (That song alone won two Grammys.)

https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/police/8039
https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/sting/10244

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 02:46 (one month ago) link

Haha:


xzanfar wrote this on thread Say something interesting about sting/police on board I Love Music on 2021-10-18

stings cousin bernard can not sing!

xzanfar wrote this on thread Vocalists whose voices are your own personal nails on chalkboard. on board I Love Music on 2021-05-21

stings cousin bernard sumner who can not sing and ruined songs by 808 state and chemical brothers too!

xzanfar wrote this on thread Getting Away With It: The ELECTRONIC Poll on board I Love Music on 2021-05-27

stings cousin can not sing so i like the songs he does not sing on or is not alone on!

xzanfar wrote this on thread songs that sound like other songs on board I Love Music on 2021-01-08

even the same marimba sound is used and stings cousin bernard can not sing either as he also butchered the songs he did for 808 state and the chemical brothers too so he needs to stick to his twanger from joy division days!

xzanfar wrote this on thread musicians material you do not like after their band broke up! on board I Love Music on 2020-11-16

sting lost me after 10 sumners tales but his cousin bernard like i said before sucks as he can not sing!

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 02:50 (one month ago) link

TS: Electronic with Sting vs The Police with Marr

scanner darkly, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 02:58 (one month ago) link

That doc was OK, thanks for recommending. I read his book and probably thought the film was ultimately more revealing, at least as far as the Police experience goes. You really get the sense that, a la Fleetwood Mac, they just don't like each other that much. There's not enough room for all the egos involved. And yet, those three egos came up with some cool stuff as a unit. Reminds me a bit of Pete Townshend's quote about how strange it is to be thrown together with these random guys at the right time at a young age, and have that group of random guys becomes linked to you for the rest of your life, no matter what happens next.

And yeah, Andy is a good photographer.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:34 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Stewart Copeland's new band "Gizmodrome" apparently has a live album coming out pretty soon? cool tracklist...

LP1
Amaka Pipa
Zombies In The Mall
Stay Ready
Miss Gradenko
Summer's Coming
Sweet Angels
Elephant Talk
Does Everyone Stare
Man On The Mountain
Excesses

LP2
Ride Your Life
I Know Too Much
Darkness
Zubatta Cheve
Young Lions
Strange Things Happen
Don't Box Me In
Spin This
Thela Hun Ginjeet
Bombs Away
Don't Box Me In feat. Manuel Agnelli (Bonus Track)

frogbs, Monday, 8 November 2021 20:00 (three weeks ago) link

band line-up is pretty nuts:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0056/8043/1219/products/51uzPxu6WBL_480x480.jpg

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 8 November 2021 20:40 (three weeks ago) link

(first guy is a jazz fusion keyboard dude who started off in the italo prog band PFM)

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 8 November 2021 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

I actually like the album fine, if you dig Copeland's stuff as Klark Kent you'd probably enjoy it (in fact I believe both Stay Ready and Strange Things were unreleased KK tunes). I do think the lineup suggests something a bit more proggy and technical though. also the fact that Copeland does most of the vocals when Belew is right there is kinda strange

frogbs, Monday, 8 November 2021 20:48 (three weeks ago) link

do they do any level 42 tunes?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 8 November 2021 20:55 (three weeks ago) link

doesn't look like it, most of the material is from the studio album

frogbs, Monday, 8 November 2021 21:01 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I've seen some live clips, and it's ... fine. More or less what you expect, but you do get some deep cuts. Any band with Copeland and Belew is, imo, just a little too perpetually "on."

Interesting Sting thought: pretty good bassist, oft overshadowed by luminous cohort.

Another thought: "All This Time" is a lovely song.

And speaking of which, a very rare video of Sting playing that song with Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) on drums, during the brief window before Vinnie Colaiuta was brought on as his full time drummer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFSTIu2O0LE

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 November 2021 22:35 (three weeks ago) link

I've just been made away of the "I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Crying" video and uh, what the fuck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI8khooPyJk

frogbs, Sunday, 14 November 2021 03:12 (two weeks ago) link

oh wow that brings me back. Forgot all about it.

brimstead, Sunday, 14 November 2021 03:38 (two weeks ago) link

The new Sting album is good. I like it more than his last one...less focus on "rocking" (never what Sting was best at IMO) and closer to his early 90's/Ten Summoner's Tales style which is what I want from him anyway lol

DT, Friday, 19 November 2021 16:48 (one week ago) link

Ooh that sounds great I didn’t know there was one out

covidsbundlertanze op. 6 (Jon not Jon), Friday, 19 November 2021 17:11 (one week ago) link

nothing like the sun, dream of the blue turtles, summoners tales and soul cages were heavy listening in high school/college; wonder if they hold up.

mercury falling/brand new day era put me off him until now i guess

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 20 November 2021 17:30 (one week ago) link

Beato's been doing more interviews, it seems. And this is a good one with Sting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efRQh2vspVc

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 03:36 (two days ago) link

Oh, and xpost, I think "Nothing like the Sun" is an impeccable and diverse adult contemporary album, some of it beautiful, some of it silly.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 03:38 (two days ago) link

As ever.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 November 2021 03:39 (two days ago) link

I've heard parts of his new album. the main impression I get is that his voice sounds remarkably good for his age. he's one of the few megastar singers who actually figured out how to adapt to his new voice

frogbs, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 03:39 (two days ago) link

This new one is quite lovely, in the mold of Fragile and Shape of My Heart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx5moNrPKpk

It won't convince anyone who thinks he's a bore, but it has the Sting hallmarks (tricky chords, evocative melody) and the singing and lyrics sound almost like Leonard Cohen.

dinnerboat, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 14:45 (two days ago) link

Roxanne takes you down
To her place near the river

popcornoscenti (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 30 November 2021 15:00 (two days ago) link

Did I saw Andy Summers memoir One Train Later was really interesting. Had me wanting to hear the early days of teh police when he was still playing guitar washes and things.
Definitley would love to hear him with the Soft machine where he was supposed to be playing raga guitar but not sure anything ever got recorded. certainly never heard any.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 15:03 (two days ago) link

He's in some ways still underrated, because it's kind of hard to convey all the cool things he does. Like, the Edge, it's pretty easy to distill what he does because he's so simple, but even in the early days of the Police Summers was doing some pretty sophisticated things.

Re-recommending that Sting interview, it's really perceptive.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:55 (yesterday) link

does he have unnaturally big hands or something? I've heard those looping guitar riffs on songs like "Bring on the Night", "Message in a Bottle", and "Every Breath You Take" are really hard to play

frogbs, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:57 (yesterday) link

I don't know if his hands are big but he does stretch them waaaaaay wide, and if you have smaller hands (like me) it takes a lot of pain and suffering to get there. You need to do that on at least the latter two songs. "Bring on the Night," that's some dexterous fingerpicking.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:03 (yesterday) link

An observation my guitar teacher has made is that he really figured out just the right chords to use with a flanger/delay, creating pretty cool overtones and the like that fill up space in interesting ways.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:06 (yesterday) link


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