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I like the way Connect 4 and a pair of scissors become perfect percussive instruments
https://theweek.com/speedreads/908047/sting-jimmy-fallon-roots-perform-dont-stand-close-remotely-creatively
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I like the way Connect 4 and a pair of scissors become perfect percussive instruments
https://theweek.com/speedreads/908047/sting-jimmy-fallon-roots-perform-dont-stand-close-remotely-creatively


And all with the use of a song about a teacher who has an eye for underage girls Shocked
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They probably should have tweaked the lyrics a bit so it became a song about
staying safe
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l can never decide if lm really a fan of The Police. I have all their albums on cd, but l still dont find their music that inspiring if lm honest.
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l can never decide if lm really a fan of The Police. I have all their albums on cd, but l still dont find their music that inspiring if lm honest.


Their first two albums were very good. It all went downhill when Sting started to take himself way too seriously.
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The Police were my first real love in music, and then I heard 'Gangsters' on the radio and everything changed.

I agree with Trojan about the first two albums, and some of their album tracks are better than a lot of the singles to me, showing a sometimes darker and more comical side to them.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NaEWqDlqCY

Stewart Copeland says some interesting things to Elvis Costello about The Clash and who influence who etc.
The first concert I ever saw was the Artists Against Apartheid show organised by Jerry Dammers that featured both Sting and Costello. I remember Costello saying in an interview with the NME that at that concert Sting had tried to be chummy with him but that he was having none of it.
Years went by until Costello finally became mates with Sting (he was the support act on their massive reunion tour). Costello admitted he'd been jealous of the sales the Police had
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More appropriate song i think ......
https://youtu.be/pJ3N7RKxma4
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bombscare79 wrote:
More appropriate song i think ......
https://youtu.be/pJ3N7RKxma4


Ghost Town is very much a studio track. I have yet to hear a live version of it which doesn't sound like a complete racket.
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True - Ghost Town is a studio track but I thought bits of that Costello cover were exciting.
I like the idea of Costello and Dammers collaborating in some way again - maybe they could do some live shows together?
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Trojan wrote:
bombscare79 wrote:
More appropriate song i think ......
https://youtu.be/pJ3N7RKxma4


Ghost Town is very much a studio track. I have yet to hear a live version of it which doesn't sound like a complete racket.

apologies for sound quality but i like this one, especially after 3 minutes- crowd reaction to Rico, Jerry's keyboards and Brad's 5 bass drum beats in a row around 4;33 - https://youtu.be/46D-K8d5sbg
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Trojan wrote:
bluearmy78 wrote:
l can never decide if lm really a fan of The Police. I have all their albums on cd, but l still dont find their music that inspiring if lm honest.


Their first two albums were very good. It all went downhill when Sting started to take himself way too seriously.


The first two are the strongest but I like all the albums except Synchronicity, which does contain some great songs (especially the title track) but felt more leaning towards American rock stations.

Sting as it's well known was a huge Beat fan, and was as much an admirer of the political side of their songs as the sound. Apparently Miles Copeland forbade Sting to do political-themed songs at first, and he used to bemoan this with Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger when the two bands toured together.

I think by Ghost In The Machine that must have changed.
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bombscare79 wrote:
Trojan wrote:
bombscare79 wrote:
More appropriate song i think ......
https://youtu.be/pJ3N7RKxma4


Ghost Town is very much a studio track. I have yet to hear a live version of it which doesn't sound like a complete racket.

apologies for sound quality but i like this one, especially after 3 minutes- crowd reaction to Rico, Jerry's keyboards and Brad's 5 bass drum beats in a row around 4;33 - https://youtu.be/46D-K8d5sbg


I really enjoyed listening to this. Good find.
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Imani wrote:
Trojan wrote:
bluearmy78 wrote:
l can never decide if lm really a fan of The Police. I have all their albums on cd, but l still dont find their music that inspiring if lm honest.


Their first two albums were very good. It all went downhill when Sting started to take himself way too seriously.


The first two are the strongest but I like all the albums except Synchronicity, which does contain some great songs (especially the title track) but felt more leaning towards American rock stations.

Sting as it's well known was a huge Beat fan, and was as much an admirer of the political side of their songs as the sound. Apparently Miles Copeland forbade Sting to do political-themed songs at first, and he used to bemoan this with Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger when the two bands toured together.

I think by Ghost In The Machine that must have changed.


Given Miles Copelands father was in the CIA I'm not surprised he didn't want to be involved with any left leaning bands.
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I liked this one too.....
https://youtu.be/c8showTjfGk
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Yes, I liked that one too.
I'd like a CD/DVD of the original specials live. It's the personalities and input of all the characters involved that makes it exciting. The Specials used to be about breaking new ground with every release
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Trojan wrote:
Imani wrote:
Trojan wrote:
bluearmy78 wrote:
l can never decide if lm really a fan of The Police. I have all their albums on cd, but l still dont find their music that inspiring if lm honest.


Their first two albums were very good. It all went downhill when Sting started to take himself way too seriously.


The first two are the strongest but I like all the albums except Synchronicity, which does contain some great songs (especially the title track) but felt more leaning towards American rock stations.

Sting as it's well known was a huge Beat fan, and was as much an admirer of the political side of their songs as the sound. Apparently Miles Copeland forbade Sting to do political-themed songs at first, and he used to bemoan this with Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger when the two bands toured together.

I think by Ghost In The Machine that must have changed.


Given Miles Copelands father was in the CIA I'm not surprised he didn't want to be involved with any left leaning bands.


Though he kept managing Sting as a solo artist, when he was much more politicised. Perhaps the commission was too good to resist.

Miles Copeland was openly against Red Wedge and for a long time I didn't get it. But given that many of those communist dictatorships in Europe collapsed not long after, in hindsight perhaps he had a point. Which isn't to say the CIA and their ilk were the answer, either.
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bombscare79 wrote:
I liked this one too.....
https://youtu.be/c8showTjfGk

The reason we are all still all on this Forum .....
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marigold wrote:
bombscare79 wrote:
I liked this one too.....
https://youtu.be/c8showTjfGk

The reason we are all still all on this Forum .....


Probably the best version of Ghost Town from 1981 in terms of quality is from Pier 84 New York recording. For a band on the verge of imploding they sounded remarkable coherent.
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Trojan wrote:
marigold wrote:
bombscare79 wrote:
I liked this one too.....
https://youtu.be/c8showTjfGk

The reason we are all still all on this Forum .....


Probably the best version of Ghost Town from 1981 in terms of quality is from Pier 84 New York recording. For a band on the verge of imploding they sounded remarkable coherent.


Where would one avail of said recording? There was a previous discussion on here about this recording but the link doesnt exist.
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