Do you consider the Police prog rock?

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

  1. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

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

    Siegmund Forum Resident

    Britain, Europe
    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

    Hibernating Tortoise is an excellent name for a Prog band.

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  4. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
  5. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

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

    wildstar Forum Resident

    ontario, canada
    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

    Alexandria VA
    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

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

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

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

    misteranderson Forum Resident

    englewood, nj

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

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    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

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

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    ^^ 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

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    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

    San Diego, CA, USA
    My reaction was when seeing this thread:
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  17. Mr. Pleaseant

    Mr. Pleaseant Forum Resident

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

    Pastafarian Forum Resident

    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

    Tristero Forum Resident

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

    nick99nack Forum Resident

    Statesboro, GA
    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

    posnera Forum Resident

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  23. Wugged

    Wugged Forum Resident

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

    rocknsoul74 Forum Resident

    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

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
    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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