The Police - filler

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mother, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. smitquest

    smitquest Forum Resident

    Lancaster, NY, USA
    i have always wondered this about "once upon a daydream," a really atmospheric track that would have fit well on synchronicity (imho)...

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  2. ModernDayWarrior

    ModernDayWarrior Forum Resident

    Rahway, NJ, USA
    Yeah it beat out Rush’s YYZ . Not sure I comprehend why. Then again the Grammys is more of a popularity contest.
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  3. Nightfly68

    Nightfly68 Forum Resident

    I wouldn't call O'My God filler at all. To me it's one of the best songs they ever recorded.
  4. Say It Right

    Say It Right Forum Resident

    Niagara Falls
    These songs didn't even come out in the same year, so it will remain a mystery.
  5. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    I have a very strict view of "filler." The only thing that I consider filler is a track that the artist literally made up on the spot more or less,* without much thought put into it, and solely for the purpose of filling up time, because the record company said that they needed more material for the album. Filler tracks are not necessarily bad tracks at this. Some artists can jam off-the-cuff and do something very worthwhile.

    Filler is relatively rare. Although really, it's difficult to know that something is filler without a statement saying as much from an artist.

    There aren't any Police tracks that I consider filler.

    * Footnote: I say "more or less" because something like, "Hey, I've had this riff kickin' around for awhile that I could never figure out what to do with--let's try jamming on that for a bit" wouldn't disqualify something as filler, even though they didn't make up the riff in question on the spot.
  6. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Finally !
    Reading through these posts, I was wondering who would mention “deep cuts”.
    That’s not the same as “filler”.

    Such songs can distinguish and elevate a “hit single band” to the next level - a group with good, possibly great albums.

    The Police’s catalog is just that.
  7. Frawls

    Frawls Forum Resident

    I’ve only considered most of the instrumentals and anything Sting didn’t sing on to be filler. Some of the tracks that have been mentioned here rank among my favorites by the band. Oh My God, Bombs Away, Canary In A Coalmine, Does Everyone Stare…all great tunes.

    The closing sequence of Omega Man > Secret Journey > Darkness on GITM is a fantastic. Actually, the whole second side of the album is wonderful and it contains no hits!
  8. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    You were thinking about filler and listening to Canary in a Coalmine? Interesting. That’s my favorite song on Zenyata.
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  9. babaluma

    babaluma Forum Resident

    Bombs Away is a killer track, amazing bassline! Also a bit of a dance club hot in NY circles.
  10. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Machine wrapped in butter.

    London, England
    Fun story - one of my earliest memories was when I was christened , aged two (done at the same time as my brother who was probably six months), and singing 'Message In A Bottle' during the actual christening.

    Nothing to do with this thread, but it's Police-related, so thought it'd be a decent place to put it.
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  11. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    From where I sit, there are three "tiers" of Police tracks:

    1. The hits
    2. Album tracks - "filler" is subjective, but of the album tracks, I'd say the "filler" are perhaps some of the instrumental pieces. But even then, not all of those.
    3. B-sides - some of these are pretty rad in their own right ("Lowlife"), but for the most part, they made the right call as to what was designated as a b-side. I think "Someone To Talk To" is a cool tune, but in a strange way it belongs on a flip side, even while "Mother" is an album track.
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  12. geddyfleaharris

    geddyfleaharris Forum Resident

    Not sure if these are fillers or not - but I can't recall them as singles/airplay of any kind:

    Man in a Suitcase
    Murder by Numbers
    Truth Hits Everybody
    Tea in the Sahara
    Miss Gradenko
    Voices Inside My Head
  13. TVC15

    TVC15 Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    [QUOTE="Holerbot6000, post: 17827590, member: 54941" but Synchronicity is a snooze fest.

    Good lord only for the attention deficict afflicted.
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  14. Szeppelin75

    Szeppelin75 Forum Resident


    Tea in the Sahara, Voices inside my head and Murder by Numbers are just some of the best of The Police IMHO
  15. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    Sting was born in 1951.
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  16. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Andy was born in 1942
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  17. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Good lord only for the attention deficict afflicted.[/QUOTE]
    Now now. Just because it's busy and frenetic doesn't necessarily make it interesting. To each their own though, of course. I'm clearly in the minority on that one and I can live with the stigma of it just so long as I don't have to listen to those songs anymore. :nyah:
  18. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo No music, no Life

    Actually I agree with your thread title...... :hide:
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  19. DrBeatle

    DrBeatle The Rock and Roll Chemist

    Midwest via Boston
    Yet it won a Grammy for best rock instrumental, IIRC...
  20. ranasakawa

    ranasakawa Forum Resident

    I have the box set with apparently everything they recorded on it
    There is definitely some clunkers especially some of the B sides
  21. moople72

    moople72 Forum Resident

    I couldn't imagine cutting any track from the first and the last albums-----all killer (maybe context is required in a few cases).
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  22. marcb

    marcb Senior Member

    DC area
    Most of the stuff mentioned here as filler...I would not consider filler.
  23. Bill Mac

    Bill Mac Forum Resident

    So. ME USA
    Murder by Numbers to be my favorite song from Synchronicity. I had the 45 single and often wondering why it wasn't on the album. It could have easily gone in place of Mother. What a dreadful song Mother is :rolleyes:!
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  24. Nightfly68

    Nightfly68 Forum Resident

    I read that they recorded Murder By Numbers in one take. Anyone know if that's true?
  25. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    I only love the first half and the reprise part in the end.^^

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