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.
Stewart Copeland Admits Wanting to 'Choke the Life out of' Sting
He claims the Police became "hell on earth" in the band's final days.
40 Years Ago: The Police Get Psychoanalytic on 'Synchronicity II'
Sting took inspiration from the works of Carl Jung for the 'Synchronicity' hit single.
45 Years Ago: The Police Play Their First U.S. Show
Their debut album, 'Outlandos d'Amour,' had yet to be released.
Andy Summers Is Still Battling Sting Over 'Every Breath You Take'
Former Police bandmates remain in "very contentious" battle concerning songwriting credit.
Stewart Copeland Could Be Your Landlord for $25K a Month
Police drummer is renting out his California home located in an exclusive neighborhood.
45 Years Ago: The Police Break Out With 'Can't Stand Losing You'
And you thought it was "Roxanne"?
How Divorce and a Jamaica Trip Prompted Police's 'King of Pain'
Newly separated Sting went to a Caribbean island to think things over.
Stewart Copeland, 'Police Deranged for Orchestra': Album Review
Drummer reinvents his old band's songs with strings and more.
The Police's 'Synchronicity': 40 Facts You May Not Know
How fist fights, roadies, James Bond, classical music and Beatles producer George Martin helped to create one of the biggest albums of the '80s.