The band with the most played song in the history of radio!
Formed by Stewart Copeland (drums) in 1977 with bass player/lead vocalist Sting and guitarist Andy Summers, The Police was a three-piece band from England.
The band reached worldwide success after releasing their first single Roxanne only a year after the band was formed.
By fusing punk, reggae, ska, and jazz, The Police were one of the first acts in the UK to pioneer a musical movement that was to become known as “New Wave”.
New Wave had the DIY approach of punk but was more musically sophisticated.
Unusually, Stewart Copeland’s father was the band’s manager. He would later go on to manage Sting’s solo career. Miles Copeland III also produced R.E.M, The Bangles, and The Go-Go’s.
The Police’s first single
Roxanne is a single from the album Outlandos d’Amour by The Police.
Being The Police’s first single, it took two releases before the world caught on, eventually reaching the top 40 in both the U.S and the U.K.
Written by Sting, Roxanne was first played in a Bossa nova style. The inspiration for the lyrics came to Sting when the band was performing in Paris and he saw the prostitutes walking in the red light district.
The actual name Roxanne came from a poster in the hotel that the band stayed at in Paris.
Since the shaky release back in 1978, Roxanne has gone from strength to strength and has always been a part of The Police’s live show.
Having been included in all of their Greatest Hits compilations, the song came to represent the band’s music like no other.
The importance of Roxanne to The Police’s legacy can only be compared with their monster hit Every Breath You Take (the most played song in the history of radio), pretty remarkable for a first single!
Since The Police’s breakup in 1984, Sting has continued to perform Roxanne in many different versions during his live shows as a solo artist.
By doing so, he has showcased how a song can be dressed up in many ways without losing its integrity, as long as it’s a good song, to begin with.
Roxanne was the natural choice to play when the band reunited at the 2007 Grammy awards. The reunion tour that followed sold out in minutes.
The Police | Tunes
Every Breath You Take
| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every breath you take, and every move you make.
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.
Go to Every Breath You Take chords.
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
||: Dsus2/G Dsus2/A | Dsus2/B Dsus2/C# :||
Though I’ve tried before to tell her, of the feelings I have for her in my heart.
| Dsus2/G Dsus2/A | Dsus2/B Dsus2/C# | D5 G A D5 G A | D5 G A D5 N.C |
Every time that I come near her, I just lose my nerve as I’ve done from the start.
| Gm | Dm/F | Ebmaj7 | Dm |
Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light.
| Cm7 | Fsus4 | Gsus4 | Gsus4 |
Those days are over, you don’t have to sell your body to the night.
Go to Roxanne chords.