THE POLICE – ROXANNE

That piece of lint on my leg made an appearance and shall forever be an integral part of this video 🙂
but in all seriousness Stewart Copeland is one of the smoothest drummers out there, got to love his hi hat work.. This is my only cover of the police, but I should really do moreeee – let me know what you wanna hear!



Album: Outlandos d’Amour

Released: November 2, 1978
Labels: A&M

Police – Outlandos d’Amour (1978)

The Police are an English new wave band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are generally regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the United States. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.

The Police

Roxanne was written by Sting and inspired by the prostitutes he saw near the band’s seedy hotel in Paris, France, where the Police were lodged in October 1977 to perform at the Nashville Club. The song’s title comes from the name of the character in the play Cyrano de Bergerac, an old poster of which was hanging in the hotel foyer. the song was released in April 1978 as a single from their debut album Outlandos d’Amour. In 2008, “Roxanne” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Police live in 1979


Fun Fact

At the beginning of the song, Sting fell backwards onto the piano and started to laugh. The band decided to keep it in. Sting: “I was just about to sing the first line of this celebrated song when I noticed there was an upright piano next to the microphone. I was feeling tired – I’d been up all night for some reason – so I just sort of sat down. I thought the piano lid was closed, but it was open, so I wound up playing this incredible chord with my ass. It was this atonal sort of cluster that went really nicely against the chords we were playing. We thought it was funny, so we left it in.”

Sting at the 2016 AMA awards


Video Credits

Shot at my studio in Los Angeles
Edited by Lior
Drums mixed by Eric Emery
Released on 4/19/14