One of the often forgotten drummers in rock. He is phenomenal. His innovative drumming was a key ingredient to the unique sound of The Police.
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I quite agree. Have you heard Murder by Numbers off the Synchronicity album. Awesome stuff. My favorite track off that album.
If you like the Police Rock/Reggae style then you will like Wesley Finley of Rebelution - also does great hi-hat work and a great relaxed touch and groovy feel. Another great and all time legend on the hi-hat is David Garibaldi but he plays funk so I am not sure if that is up your street. Anyway this is all old school technical quality stuff - no David Grohl banging away (although I like David's style too - albeit in brief doses)
Humm, haven't listed to The Police in a while 'cause most of my Police stuff is on vinyl and I don't have my TT set up right now. So, I pulled out my copy of "The Singles" on CD and gave it a listen. WOW! I never really paid much attention to Copeland, but you guys are right. He's awesome! Check out his work on "Walking on the Moon". It's incredible......
"Murder by Numbers" is from the Synchronicity compact disc.
It is indeed on the CD.
I am pretty sure it was on the vinyl album I had. I am kind of elephant memory on these things - at least when it comes to music. However it was 1983 (a long time ago) and about 50% of all the Vinyl I ever bought were Japanese pressings (a lot of the rest was 12" 45's that always sounded better than LP's). I'll be honest but regular pressings were to put it mildly mostly crap!
Is it possible I had the Japanese pressing which was different?
Unfortunately, my Vinyl is in storage in my parents basement somewhere half way across the country so I can't confirm this but I remember playing it on Vinyl before CD came out.
It may have been on a 45 rpm I bought. And yes you could find great sounding North American Vinyl - just I found it hit and miss - whilst Japanese recordings were almost always oustanding. Anyway it was a long time ago and although everybody dismisses this sound because of its unpolished feel - I found it was teh best on teh entire album principally becuase it demonstrated Stewart's amazing talent on drums.
I also remember hearing Message in a Bottle for teh first time and thinking WOW that is such a simple boring childlike nursery rhyme melody but Stewart Copeland's drumming just carries the entire thing - making it a huge hit.
Strange coincedence...Im currently returning to the Police as well...what an amazing group...they had a unique combination of pop sensibilites and progressive innovation...with Copeland being a key componet...for what it is worth...the 03 remasters are extremely well done...very lively with punchy bass...also have Police on wax and that sounds very good as well...cant go wrong my friends! Fave track"Bed is too big"...enjoy
Ejlif, per your recommendation I did check out Oysterhead and think its a great record, lots of fun. Really showcases Claypool and Stewart's abilities.
Mdrummer01, I also got a hold of Animal Logic, a bit more straight edge, here Stewart seems to hold back a little to let the female vocalist shine.
Thanks for both suggestions, I think Oysterhead is a bit more to my liking and anybody who appreciates this great drummer should also check them out.
Its amazing how much great music I discover because of these forums.
Yes, I can say without question that the original vinyl release did not have the song "Murder by Numbers".
If you wanted to hear that song you had to by the 45-the song was a B-side if I'm not mistaken.
What The Police should of done was replaced "Mother" with "Murder by Numbers".
That song is absolutely horrible and does not belong on the album.
Dreadhead - in addition to the Grand Pecking Order released by Oysterhead, many legal, live recordings are freely available. While the sound quality isn't as nice as the album version, the live shows are great as well. If you use bit torrent, many live shows are available at http://bt.etree.org, and for Oysterhead specifically, use this link:
gonna have to break out my Police vinyl after reading this thread...
Question though...there was an 80's movie with Mickey Rourke (as Motorcycle Boy), Matt Dillon as his brother and another popular actor of the day and the song at the end definitely featured Stewart Copeland on drums. What was the movie, and what was the song & band?