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The Police: Outlandos d'AmourOutlandos d'Amour (1978)
Universal Music Group

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Simultaneously one of punk's most hated and adored bands, the Police were one of the first punk (influenced) bands to be accepted into mainstream music. Eschewing the nihilistic and antisocial sentiments of the first wave of punk, the police utilized early punk's unique sound to create songs with ge.
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Simultaneously one of punk's most hated and adored bands, the Police were one of the first punk (influenced) bands to be accepted into mainstream music. Eschewing the nihilistic and antisocial sentiments of the first wave of punk, the police utilized early punk's unique sound to create songs with generally radio-friendly topics.

So, when the police released their first album, Outlandos d'Amour, in 1978, it helped bridge the gap between revolution and retail, with bastardized reggae as support columns. Sonically, Outlandos d'Amour is 10 lean, high-pitched cuts. With only three instruments and Sting's squeal, the band relays on pounding drums and a thick bass to round out the sound. And that's not a bad thing. The songs on this album strip rock down to its essence and then amplifies these characteristics.

But, while stripping rock to its most basic structure, the Police also interpret contemporary reggae rhythms into the formula. However, the Police version of reggae comes off as a four-year-old trying to draw the Mona Lisa. No, it's not as good as the original. But, it has its charm and there are even some things there that weren't there in the first place. This is most evident on the killer cut, "So Lonely," which is Outlandos' longest song and rightfully so. When the Police let the rhythm of white reggae drive the song, all while pushing it forward with a quick tempo, just what made the Police so special and unique is evident.

But, while the sound and lyrics of the Police was financially profitable, the band can't quite decide if they want to actually "say" something or if they just want to "play" something. "Born in the 50's" laments how Sting's generation can't be understood by those who were in WWII, and "Be My Girl - Sally" vividly describes the band's fondness for blow-up dolls. And of course, there's the song which can be found on classic rock, hard rock, and even adult contemporary radio stations, "Roxanne." This song, which begs a prostitute to quit her profession and fall in love, may be included to function as so many punk songs before, and say "forget your AM radio, this is what life for some people is really like." But, as with all semi-political Police songs, none of the topics or explanations ever delve into truly dangerous or controversial territory, relegating them to be slightly edgy pop songs.

Regardless of the political and financial implications the music of the Police leaves behind, Outlandos d'Amour is one fine album. Never again would the Police achieve such angular, lean sounds pulsating with energy. Even more so, pop music as a whole seldom saw such energy-driven, punk-influenced music on its charts. Punk music would seldom see such a band with pop sensibilities critically popular. If this is a good or bad thing is irrelevant because this is one heck of a fine middle ground.

 

 
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dontwantaname (February 7, 2008)

I have a tape of this album, but I don't think it workd so I've never really heard this album. Maybe I'm thinking of my Knack tape? I know that's chewed up. Oh well.

Electrickle (February 17, 2007)

You gotta love the pigs

feeeding5000 (February 15, 2007)

Can someone get rid of 2 of my triple posts?

Anonymous (February 15, 2007)

pretty sure the clash had an album before london calling

Anonymous (February 15, 2007)

Oh look at all the posers jumping onto the bandwagon. Douchebags, you're about 15 years late and the fact that this band is cashing in now makes it the absolute worst possible time for all you little dickheads to act like you know anything. get fucked.

Anonymous (February 14, 2007)

"time this band (and basically everything Sting has been involved with) is very boring, tame and non-threatening. Even by radio friendly standards"

Consdiering Invisible Sun was banned by the BBC I'd say that's not a valid assertion.

This is a great album full of great pop tumes, some funky riffs, some rousing fast tunes and if you like drummers, Copeland is pretty good. Peanuts.

SlackMFr (February 14, 2007)

What? This bandwagon isn't full yet?

Fuck Sting and this band.

tenwestchaser (February 14, 2007)

I'll tell you what's gay....that anonymous poster below me. What's not gay, however, are the Police. Especially "Canary In A Colemine" Awesome shit.

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youwinalemon (February 14, 2007)

Score's for "Truth Hits Everybody." That song is killer.

Anonymous (February 14, 2007)

Born in the 50's = one of my all time fav songs

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

police and thieves was a regge song that the clash covered not an original

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

the clash and the police have nothing in common.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

p.s. bullshit to them playing only one song at the grammys! thank god they played first so i could turn it off as soon as they were done.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

regatta de blanc is my police album of choice but this is still a great one. i used to feel like they were just a singles band, but over time i've really come to love the full albums which i think display a willingness to take risks and have fun. and most of all, they wrote memorable songs that stick with you. i first got the police box set when i was 13 and it's something i've consistently listened to for the 10 years since then and not grown tired of it. great stuff.

ashtraymonument (February 13, 2007)

"Except for the bizare fact that another band had already done that... I mean they're kinda underground I don't know if you've ever heard of them... They're called The clash."

London Calling came out in '79"

yeah, but they covered police and thieves in '77. and white man in hammersmith palais was probably written before the US 1st album came out

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

"Except for the bizare fact that another band had already done that... I mean they're kinda underground I don't know if you've ever heard of them... They're called The clash."

London Calling came out in '79.


Hah! I love it when punker-than-thous get told on these boards.

Phantom_Maggot (February 13, 2007)

Agreed Feeding...

feeeding5000 (February 13, 2007)

Pretty good album, though most of the songs beyond "So Lonely" and "Roxanne" get really irritating and long.

feeeding5000 (February 13, 2007)

Pretty good album, though most of the songs beyond "So Lonely" and "Roxanne" get really irritating and long.

feeeding5000 (February 13, 2007)

Pretty good album, though most of the songs beyond "So Lonely" and "Roxanne" get really irritating and long.

wallofyouth (February 13, 2007)

hammersmith palais?

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

"Except for the bizare fact that another band had already done that... I mean they're kinda underground I don't know if you've ever heard of them... They're called The clash."

London Calling came out in '79.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

"a record that kept everyone at the time scratching their heads as to just how did they do it. they fused punk, pop, reggae and more into a totally smart mix."
Except for the bizare fact that another band had already done that... I mean they're kinda underground I don't know if you've ever heard of them... They're called The clash.
Fucking moron

strangenotes (February 13, 2007)

Not fucking punk.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

a record that kept everyone at the time scratching their heads as to just how did they do it. they fused punk, pop, reggae and more into a totally smart mix.

branden (February 13, 2007)

"The Police were pretty much a singles based band"

i really dislike full albums by singles bands. mainly because of the gogos. it seriously took me two of their cds to realize the only songs i like are the ones on the radio.

i still kinda like the gogos. police, not so much.

BrandonSideleau (February 13, 2007)

This is better than Sting's solo career and is decent pop music, but at the same time this band (and basically everything Sting has been involved with) is very boring, tame and non-threatening. Even by radio friendly standards.

Phantom_Maggot (February 13, 2007)

The Police were pretty much a singles based band, but I think this is their most solid all around album. Solid pop music.

tenwestchaser (February 13, 2007)

How does this compared to Zenyatta as a whole? Because I love that album. Alot.

Woland (February 13, 2007)

i like that last sentence.

bryne (February 13, 2007)

I love this album.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

fuck the grammy's

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