When the Police's debut album came out on Nov. 2, 1978, it sounded like little else on the music landscape at the time. The band was lumped in with punk and burgeoning New Wave groups at the time, but it played a mix of reggae and rock-inspired pop with all the time-shifting complexities found in prog and jazz.
The early '90s were, by and large, a pretty tough time for metal bands in America – what with the post-grunge alternative rock wave that pretty much obliterated image-obsessed pop-metal (errr, no complaints there), drove most strains of extreme metal way underground, and dragged down even the best thrash bands of the previous decade
Fans looking for a handy compendium of the Police's top songs could do worse than picking up a copy of their 1986 compilation, 'Every Breath You Take: The Singles' -- in fact, a majority of the tracks on this Top 10 list appear on that album. But the British trio were more than just a collection of hi
For their fourth album, 1981's 'Ghost in the Machine,' the Police opened up and smoothed down their spiky punk- and reggae-inspired sound, achieving a major commercial breakthrough in the bargain. But as they proved on June 1, 1983, 'Ghost' was just the opening act for the album that would cement the band's status as one of the biggest rock groups on the planet.
‘Roxanne’ almost wasn’t a hit for the Police. In fact, the song wasn’t even a blip on the U.K. charts after its April 1978 release. And when ‘Roxanne’ did finally resonate with listeners after its 1979 re-release, it barely cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. (it hit No. 32) and only hit No. 12 in the U.K.