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Stewart Copeland's Groundbreaking Police Doc Set For Release Next Month

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Police fans have something to be happy about -- on May 31st drummer Stewart Copeland's documentary on the band Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms. Featuring footage shot by Copeland, Everyone Stares features "an insider’s view on touring with fellow band members Sting and Andy Summers, with the film capturing the reaction of adoring fans worldwide at a pivotal moment in the band’s career. . . The film is scored using rare live performances and studio 'derangements' of classic Police songs. Bonus features include over 20 minutes of extra footage and commentary by Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland."

Stewart Copeland said in the doc's press release: "In 1978, when I was a member of a struggling rock band called the Police, I scraped together enough money to buy a super 8 movie camera. As soon as I raised it to my eye and started filming, amazing things began to happen. It was like watching a movie unfold as the band sparked a fire that lit up the world for us. Everyone Stares is that movie."

Copeland was asked whether he regrets the group's legendary arguments regarding "musical differences" in the past: ["Oh, I feel fine about all of those. I see them for what they were now. We laugh about it now. As far as the end product of all the Police stuff, we were all pretty satisfied with it. And the question of, 'Was it worth shouting at each other to get to this really brilliant record?' was resolved years ago -- yes, it was worth all that shouting."

Andy Summers explained to us what it was about the Police that set them apart from their contemporaries: ["It was the personal chemistry of the three of us. Three very intense people determined to succeed at all costs, willing to work extremely hard. Very talented songwriter, y'know, great arrangements, y'know, and very different sounding than other bands."

 

Sting was able to write at least one instant game changing pop standard on every one of the Police albums between 1978 and 1983. He explained to us how that he, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland always tried to make the group's albums enjoyable on several different levels: ["There were layers there, y'know, and all that stuff was already inherent in the music, but you didn't really have to respond to it, because it was loud and raucous and fun. But again, I was trying to unveil something underneath that. I wanted some substance to it that would intrigue me and maybe a few other people. I just kept doing that."

 

SIDE NOTES

Out now is the latest Police vinyl box set, Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings. The 40th anniversary package collects all five of the band's legendary albums along with a 12-track sixth disc entitled Flexible Strategies featuring exclusive bonus material of non-album recordings and B-sides.

The tracklisting to the bonus album in the box set, Flexible Strategies is: "Dead End Job" - 1978; "Landlord" - 1979; "Visions Of The Night" - 1979; "Friends" - 1980; "A Sermon" - 1980; "Shambelle" - 1981; "Flexible Strategies" - 1981; "Low Life" - 1981; "Murder By Numbers" - 1983; "Truth Hits Everybody (Remix)" - 1983; "Someone To Talk To" - 1983; and "Once Upon A Daydream" - 1983.

CHECK IT OUT: The trailer to Stewart Copeland's Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out:

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