Do you consider the Police prog rock?

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

  1. Paul b

    Paul b Forum Resident

    New York City
  2. Hi Lizard

    Hi Lizard Forum Resident

    Media label
  3. ZiggyZipgun

    ZiggyZipgun Camp Counselor

    Yeah...that's...usually who comes up with these things.
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  4. Hi Lizard

    Hi Lizard Forum Resident

    I'm sure that The Police didn't mind the label at least secretly, as it is a type of publicity they may have needed at the outset.
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  5. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    If "accomplished musicianship" is one of the criteria, then Andy Summers becomes a big part of this conversation. It's no wonder Fripp recorded a couple of albums with Summers!
  6. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Boston MA
    Pop or New wave, not Prog.
  7. elvisizer

    elvisizer Forum Resident

    San Jose
    lol., who the 8 that voted yes??????
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  8. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    I'll give you "biggest", but Blondie had already scored a huge hit with "Heart of Glass" before the Police came along (yes, it's a disco number but they were unequivocally a New Wave band) and Talking Heads had scored minor hits (enough to be "successful").
  9. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    It's a type of publicity they were obviously aiming for when they dyed their hair blond and started playing sped-up reggae.
  10. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    Actually, the term "New Wave" (as it applies to the Police, et al) was coined by label owner Seymour Stein.
  11. RudolphS

    RudolphS Forum Resident

    Rio de Janeiro
    Jethro Tull win Grammy Award for best Hard Rock / Metal perforrmance in 1989

    "The Academy recognized hard rock music artists for the first time in 1989 with the category Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, combining two of the most popular music genres of the 1980s. Metallica, who were expected to win the inaugural award for their album ... And Justice For All lost to Jethro Tull whose album Crest Of A Knave won".
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  12. RJD1954

    RJD1954 Forum Resident

    Perth, Australia
    I would bet London to a brick more people don't like their music than do, so not sure how my opinion is unusual. Yes, more people on this forum might like them than don't, but I'd suggest we as a forum aren't actually representative of, you know, the rest of the music loving world. Otherwise I'd dare say, they'd be bigger than The Beatles...and we all know that ain't true.
  13. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    They were Pop-Ska, IMO
  14. ricks

    ricks Custom Title:

    North America
    I figure 1 or 2 were accidentally wrong clicks and 4 0r 5 were blotto drunk, and 1 was Andy Summers just being a jokester.
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  15. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    One was Sting, being serious.
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  16. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city

    Sounds almost pornographic.
  17. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

    Eastern Iowa
    Nowhere near prog-rock. They were a fantastic blend of punk, pop, ska, and reggae....with hints of jazz and new wave.
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  18. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    My daddy's boots don't fit me,
    cuz I'm bigger than him.

    Pure Prog!

  19. Panama Hotel

    Panama Hotel Forum Resident

    They were and they weren't. "Synchronicity I" and Synchronicity II" both sound awfully proggy to me. Summers' guitar in particular, on that last one. The rest of Synchronicity, not so much.
  20. SecondHandNews

    SecondHandNews Forum Resident

    PA, USA
    Close poll.
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  21. footlooseman

    footlooseman Forum Resident

    Went to see them also and was excellent you just dont see a supergroup like that much
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  22. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Get pregnant ? :D
  23. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    A Doo Doo Doo A Da Da
    is all i've got to say to you.
  24. HenryH

    HenryH Forum Resident

    The last two Police albums certainly stretched out a bit stylistically, but they never even approached “prog”.
  25. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Resident blabbermouth

    Pretty progressive pop/rock.
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