Geeklist tribute to The Police
David Wiens
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Lakeville
Minnesota
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They're back. They're blond (mostly). They're on tour. Maybe Andy and Stewart can keep Sting from making anymore junky albums (Sacred Love). This goes out to the White Reggae boys and some of my favorite songs of theirs.
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Spirits in a Material World. As a Bass Player and occasional singer, I've got no idea how Sting pulls this one off. One of the forerunners to his socially conscious songs, which can be a bad thing or a good thing depending on who you are. I love how he rhymes "jail ya" with "failure".
 
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1: Unbelievably cool groove. Infectious harmonies. I've got no idea what he's talking about. The live version is even better (and faster!).
2: The catchy-ness of the melody masks the sophistication of the music. Weird that this was even a hit, considering that it doesn't even have a chorus.
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Lakeville
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Walking on the Moon. White Reggae at its finest! The laid-back, accented groove. The minimalist guitar part. The risky, soaring vocal without a net. The creative use of tape delay.
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Don't Stand so Close to Me. You've gotta give props to a song that uses the name "Nabokov" in a rhyme. On the other hand, it might be an initial sign that Sting was getting a tad pretentious. You've got to hand it to him though..The man can write hits around any topic. I mean.. Statutory Rape? Prostitution? Acid Rain? Pinochet? Good Lord!
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Murder by Numbers. This song basically shows why each musician in the band was radically influential to their respective instruments. Copelands rhythm, Summers jazz comping, Stings song-writing. Beautiful. A fitting cap to their career.
 
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Man in a Suitcase. I could eat up songs from The Police, especially as in my younger years, when you were of that age when you had heroes and idols, this band was it for me. I can't tell you what it is about this song, but it always gets me pumped.
 
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So Lonely. I was working as a clerk at a video store in the mid-eighties, and in the evenings when the boss went home I would switch out Grease from the video system (trying working 8 hours a day to that) for different concert tapes. Police Around the World mesmerized me ... and I loved that funky little step they did to this song in the subway. It was the first song I ever really loved of theirs.
 
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The Beds Too Big w/o You

Some more reggae! I can't say I have a fave by the Police,,, that's like choosing which of your kid's is your favorite...

oh about 3 min. into the song you get some nice bass and maracas (i think) what other super-band can pull off maracas!?
 
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Message In A Bottle
I gained a whole new appreciation for Andy Summers simply by trying to play along with this song on Guitar Hero II. Quite an excercise!
 
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Any Other Day

"The cups and plates are in a conspiracy! I'm covered in misery!"

"My wife has burned the scrambled egg. The dog just bit my leg. My teenage daughter ran away. My fine young son has turned out gay. And it would be okay on any other day."

One of my favorite songs, primarily because of all the bad things that are happening to the guy.
 
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Ottawa
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O my God. I've come to appreciate this song more these days. It's a good rocker, with some cool lyrics. But the point of adding this item is to mark the fact that in Vancouver, at this exact moment, the first Police concert is about an hour under way. Whoo hoo!
 
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Every little thing she does is magic!

And there it is. Sometime about now, in New York, The Police are playing their "swan song" concert. Potentially the last time they'll be together. Waiting for over twenty years, I never thought I'd see them live. But I saw them twice this year, once in Montreal (electric performance) and once in Ottawa (much more subdued, but quite enjoyable). Surprisingly, the highlight may have been their acoustic version of Every little thing, which was hardly ever played in the old days.
 
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