Contact Us
The Police

The Police

The Police were lumped in with other punk and New Wave groups when their debut album, ‘Outlandos D’Amour,’ was released in 1978. But their roots were deeper than that, hitting jazz, pop, prog and other styles. It helped that all three members — singer-bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland — were great musicians, helping them achieve the reggae grooves found on their early albums. After a stretch of terrific records in the late ’70s and early ’80s, marked by the No. 1 ‘Synchronicity’ (which stayed at the top spot for a whopping 17 weeks), Sting left for a successful solo career. The band briefly reunited in 2007.

Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

Police Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Most artists resist labels. The Police were one of the few bands that distanced itself from them by making music that couldn't be classified.

Read More

Ebet Roberts, Getty Images
Ebet Roberts, Getty Images

The Day the Police Played Their Last Concert (Before That Reunion Tour)

By the time the Police released 1983’s Synchronicity, it was no secret that the band had nearly run its course, both creatively and personally.

Read More

Martyn Goddard, Getty Images
Martyn Goddard, Getty Images

The Police Announce Themselves in a Big Way With ‘Outlandos d’Amour’

When the Police's debut album came out on Nov. 2, 1978, it sounded like little else on the music landscape.

Read More

Category: Anniversaries Tags:
A&M
A&M

The Story of the Police’s Fight to Make ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’

By the time they entered the studio to record a third album, the Police were stars — and they definitely felt the pressure of delivering an even bigger, better follow-up.

Read More

Category: Anniversaries, Longform Tags:
Henry Padovani
Ian Dickson, Getty Images

The Day the Police Fired Their Original Guitarist

For most of 1977, the Police's guitarist was Henry Padovani, a former Jimi Hendrix disciple from Corsica who shaved off his hippie-length hair and beard and joined the punk flock.

Read More

Category: Anniversaries Tags:
Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Stewart Copeland vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

Stewart Copeland and Ian Paice have almost made it to the end of March Drum Madness, but only one of them will move on to the next round.

Read More

ScottStewart

Stewart Copeland vs. Scott Travis: March Drum Madness

The drummers for the Police and Judas Priest face off in Ultimate Classic Rock's March Drum Madness.

Read More

Andy Summers
Jo Hale, Getty Images

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the New Police Documentary

'Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police' uses Andy Summers' photographs to tell the story of his time in the band.

Read More

Category: News, Videos Tags: ,
Peter Criss Stewart Copeland March Drum Madness
Casablanca Records / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Peter Criss Vs. Stewart Copeland: March Drum Madness

Two drummers with very different approaches to their craft – to say nothing of stagewear – face off in round one of our March Drum Madness competition.

Read More

Martyn Goddard, Hulton Archives, Getty Images
Martyn Goddard, Hulton Archives, Getty Images

How the Police Proved Their Debut Was No Fluke on ‘Reggatta de Blanc’

The Police followed 'Outlandos d'Amour' up less than a year later with more of the same – but with catchier songs and a better sense of where they, and their music, were heading.

Read More

Category: Anniversaries Tags:

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!