Do you consider the Police prog rock?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by vinylphile, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. vinylphile

    vinylphile Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Was discussing music with my brother and he referred to The Police as "one of the best prog bands ever" or something to that effect. It kinda took me by surprise as I've never thought of them as a prog band and don't think I've ever heard of them referred to as one. Thoughts?
     
  2. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

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    No, never have, and have never heard them referred to as such.
     
  3. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    no...not at all.
     
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  4. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

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    No. Yes they did have tendencies that could be considered progressive and even Stewart was in a prog band prior to forming The Police, But I would not call them progressive rock.
     
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  5. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

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    No. The early stuff is very punk influenced.

    The Police - Next to You.

     
  6. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

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    Ask your brother if he considers Jethro Tull to be a Heavy Metal band...
    ;)
     
  7. vinylphile

    vinylphile Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Definitely agree. I hear definite punk and reggae influences in their music but to me they've always been a pop band - a very good, creative and musical one at that...
     
  8. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

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    You're right about the reggae thing. Even Rush copied some of it. Big Police fans.
     
  9. YMC4

    YMC4 Forum Resident

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    u mean Progressive Punks :D
     
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  10. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

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  11. Panther

    Panther Well-Known Member

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    No, not in any conceivable way.
     
  12. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag Your Ad Here

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    They are not a prog band.

    But then, “The Other Way Of Stopping,” and Andy’s weird mother song beat prog Phil’s weird mother song to the punch.

    Kinda sorta proggy.
     
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  13. Chance

    Chance Forum Resident

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    Maybe he thinks they're from Prague. :shrug:
     
  14. ianuaditis

    ianuaditis Evil Twin

    They were popular among people I knew growing up in the 90s-early 2000s, if you called them a reggae band that would not have been controversial then.

    But prog, I never heard anyone say that.

    You should ask your friend what are some other prog bands, a lot of times people aren't quite as up on what constitutes a genre as the music nerds on this forum are.
     
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  15. thoutah

    thoutah Forum Resident

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    Absolutely not.
     
  16. SJR

    SJR Forum Resident

  17. Not prog rock any more than The Beatles were (obligatory mention) or the Stones. What they did do was experiment with their style borrowing elements from other genres to make their music change and progress.
     
  18. GodShifter

    GodShifter Son of the Morning Star®

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    Nope.
     
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  19. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

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    Ohmyga, Beatles!
     
  20. Thievius

    Thievius Blue Öyster Cultist

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    lol no. They were closer to punk than anything in the beginning, maybe New Wave. But prog? :laugh:
     
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  21. mcchocchoc

    mcchocchoc Forum Resident

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  22. Dopey

    Dopey Well-Known Member

    I consider them prog bluegrass
     
  23. notesofachord

    notesofachord Where are the prawns?

    Klark Kent had some prog-ish tendencies for sure:

    "Grandeliquent"
     
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  24. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag Your Ad Here

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    No, that's the Grateful Dead. :D
     
  25. notesofachord

    notesofachord Where are the prawns?

    They certainly have the musical chops to blow many prog bands off the stage. I mean, check out Stewart Copeland on David Letterman's "drum week":

     

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