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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.

Glenn Aveni, 'The US Festival 1982'
Glenn Aveni, 'The US Festival 1982'

Watch Previously Unreleased Video of Fleetwood Mac and the Police at the 1982 US Festival: Exclusive Premiere

Find out how you can help filmmakers complete 'The US Festival 1982,' a documentary that's been in the works for four years.

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A&M Records
A&M Records

35 Years Ago: The Police Release Their Smartest, Trickiest Album, ‘Ghost in the Machine’

Back in the day, it wasn't all that rare for a top-selling band to make music that was both smart and accessible.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Henry Padovani
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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