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.
45 Years Ago: The Police Play First Show With Classic Trio Lineup
They were coming off a brief run with original guitarist Henry Padovani.
How Andy Summers Sneaked a Solo Into 'Message in a Bottle'
Guitarist says the song's "famous riff" helped "progress our style."
When Puff Daddy Ripped Off the Police's 'Every Breath You Take'
Producer and rapper didn't ask permission before heavily sampling the song in a 1997 hit.
How the Police Went ‘Around the World’: Exclusive Interview
Guitarist Andy Summers discusses groundbreaking trek, which featured the first rock concert in India.
Would Sting Have Rejoined the Police if His Solo Career Flopped?
Frontman speculates on "humble pie" situation if he'd failed to make it alone.
Police Unveil Expanded Reissue of 'Around the World' Documentary
Film, which chronicles the band's first world tour, will include accompanying LP of never-before-released live material.
Historical Tape of the Police's First U.S. Show to Be Released
"I've heard it, and it's very raw," guitarist Andy Summers says. "We're just pounding away."
Stewart Copeland Recalls Andy Summers’ ‘Annoying’ Habit
Drummer wasn't thrilled with the dynamic shift when Summers joined the Police.
Stewart Copeland Can't Remember Playing Part of a Huge Police Hit
He recently returned to the original tapes for their Top 5 1981 smash 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.'