Do you consider the Police prog rock?

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  1. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

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    I think you misheard, he said "pop" band not "prog"
     
  2. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

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    No, but Ian Anderson does (apparently).

    Stewart Copeland played drums in a prog band (Curved Air), Andy Summers played in a few outfits that were on the fringes of prog and Sting's background was famously in jazz-fusion but I don't think the music they made as the Police could be categorised as 'prog'.
     
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  3. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

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    Hibernating Tortoise is an excellent name for a Prog band.

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  4. Chris Schoen

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  5. Dr. Funk

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    I think your brother, and four other people need to brush up on their definition of Prog.
     
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  6. wildstar

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    Nope - (ironically) see bottom of page 5 in the booklet of the Yes Tormato expanded remaster, and it very clearly attributes the quote to Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

    I'll trust that far more than some random dude interviewing Andy Summers misremembering/getting his facts wrong.
     
  7. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To the Regiment!

    Ooh the irony!
     
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  8. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    I dearly wish the OP had made the poll results public so we could see who those 4 "yes" votes are! :D
     
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  9. bzfgt

    bzfgt Interesting and Copacetic Denizen

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    I wouldn't have thought this had even been suggested before.
     
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  10. Say It Right

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    Can't believe that this discussion has lasted this long. Is this even a debatable question?
     
  11. misteranderson

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    No.

    Sting, Andy, and Stew had the chops, but obviously weren't interested in being a prog band at all.
     
  12. Terrapin Station

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    Not prog in my view. They do have some "art rock" tendencies, but on the progginess scale, that's weaker than prog. I wouldn't even really say that they're art rock, so on the progginess scale "art rock tendencies" is weaker than "art rock," too.
     
  13. englishbob

    englishbob Its a s*** business

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    My brother in-law was in the Police and he likes Jethro Tull
     
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  14. uzn007

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    ^^ This.

    Synchronicity and, to a lesser extent, Ghost in the Machine have some mildly progesque elements about them, and the band members have something of a prog pedigree (Andy Summers was in Soft Machine, Stewart Copeland has played with Les Claypool and Adrian Belew), but as a band, the Police are not prog. End of story.
     
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  15. uzn007

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    I thought Oysterhead was great. The album was a good listen and the one show I saw was great.
     
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  16. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

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    My reaction was when seeing this thread:
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  17. Mr. Pleaseant

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    If the Police are prog then every band could be prog therefore nothing is prog.
     
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  18. Pastafarian

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    Well I was there any they wren't Punk or Prog, definitely New Wave Pop, wannabe Punk yes and perhaps they wished they came from Jamaica.
     
  19. Tristero

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    Certainly not. They went a little "art rock" on their last two albums but not prog by any reasonable definition.
     
  20. nick99nack

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    They should use some of these on Wheel of Fortune.
     
  21. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    i think they had an original sound, but i never considered them prog
     
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  22. posnera

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    Mother.
     
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  23. Wugged

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    Now, no sitting on the fence here. Tell us what you really think.............. ;)
     
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  24. rocknsoul74

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    Remember that time at the '83 Grammies when Synchronicity lost to Thriller for best prog rock album? Never again did they try prog rock again, but it pushed MJ to create his prog rock master piece, Bad.
     
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  25. Say It Right

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    For real. Progressive was out the window during this time. "New Wave" was kind of all-encompassing, but that was as close as it got.
     

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