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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.

35 Years Ago: The Police Let the World Know They Weren’t Messing Around

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

Just to let you know that they weren't messing around with their debut album, 'Outlandos d'Amour,' the Police followed it 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.

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The Police vs. Van Halen – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

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The Police take on Van Halen in the first round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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Neal Schon, Heart, Steven Tyler and Slash To Cover Police Songs For Benefit Album

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Christian Peterson/Frazier Harrison/Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Proceeds from the 'Set Them Free' album will support of Rock Against Trafficking.

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30 Years Ago: The Police Play Their Last Concert

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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.

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Exclusive: Andy Summers’ Circa Zero Aims To Create ‘Very Fresh Classic Rock’

Jo Hale, Getty Images
Jo Hale, Getty Images

Since his time in the studio with the Police ended, Andy Summers has dabbled in a number of musical adventures - including, but not limited to, jazz, vocal, world and experimental. But a one-off tour with Sting and Stewart Copeland some six years ago sparked an urge to return to rock.

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Andy Summers: A New Police Album ‘Would Have Been Amazing’

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Plenty of Police fans were disappointed when the group's 2007-08 reunion tour failed to lead into any new music for the band, and guitarist Andy Summers understands how they felt.

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Sting and Robert Downey, Jr. Perform a Police Song

Robert Downey, Jr. and Sting
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He'll probably never record an album of medieval lute music, but we can give Robert Downey, Jr. this much: The man can do a pretty stellar Sting impression.

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Sting Earns $2,000 a Day Because Puff Daddy Didn’t Say ‘Please’ Back in 1997

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It’s safe to say that Sting never has to work again if he doesn’t want to. On top of all his income from touring and his incredibly popular back catalog, a new article reveals that he earns $730,000 a year — $2,000 a day — in royalties from only one song, ‘Every Breath You Take.’

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35 Years Ago: The Police Release Their Debut Album

Martyn Goddard, Getty Images
Martyn Goddard, Getty Images

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.

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Machine Head, ‘Message in a Bottle’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers

UK: Download Festival 2004 - Day Two

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

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