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Can you name the following facts about the rock band, the Police?
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...whose real name is
The original guitarist, fired in 1977
The main members' short-lived band with Gong's Mike Howlett
The Police's first single, released in May of 1977
Debut album (November, 1978)
That album's first single, about a prostitute from France
1979 rock opera in which the singer made his film debut
Second album (October, 1979)
That album's first single, about desert-island loneliness
UK #1 hit with a video filmed at Kennedy Space Center
Third album (October, 1980)
That album's #1 hit single with parallels to 'Lolita'
Fourth album (October, 1981)
That album's #1 hit single, a new wave love song
Final album (June, 1983)
That album's smash hit about surveillance and control
R&B/dance album that beat it for the Grammys' Album of the Year
1983 Coppola film for which the drummer composed the score
Comedian whose 1992 talk show's house band was led by the guitarist
Year the Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Opening track on their debut album and encore song on their final tour
Manhattan venue where the band played its last show in 2008
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Jul 19th, 2009 at 04:51 GMT
My absolute favorite band of all-time. Thanks Kicking.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 04:54 GMT
Happily, John. One of my favorites, without a doubt. I was lucky enough to see that last show at that Manhattan venue, and even though I was (literally) in the last row, I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. I'm glad you had fun with this quiz, and I hope everyone else does, too.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 05:06 GMT
The first 7 songs of Outlandos d'amour is some of the greatest rock and roll ever recorded. The next three songs stink. And whats with having 11 songs per album? In any case, do yourself a favor and get Message in a Box. You won't be sorry.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 05:17 GMT
Oh, I love them. My favorite song by them is 'Don't stand so close to me' pedobear anthem of a song when you check out the lyrics,lol but catchy nonetheless.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 05:23 GMT
Pr's right...the obvious "Greatest Hits" type songs don't do this band justice. The box is amazing and usually affordable (I bought a hard copy for thirty bucks, and it gets you ninety-one songs on 4 CDs).
Jul 19th, 2009 at 05:47 GMT
Every dish you bake, every craft you make, I'll be watching you...
Jul 19th, 2009 at 06:01 GMT
No mention of Dune?
Jul 19th, 2009 at 12:23 GMT
A fun fact for sporclers: Sting got his nickname from wearing his favorite black and gold sweater
Jul 19th, 2009 at 12:49 GMT
GIANT STEPS ARE WHAT YOU TAKE
Jul 19th, 2009 at 13:26 GMT
Original version of Don't Stand So Close To Me - Classic. Second version - tragic. Great band though. Saw them live last year and they were excellent, apart from messing around with Roxanne.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 13:33 GMT
I really wanted de do do do de da da da to be an answer. That could be the best answer to any question ever
Jul 19th, 2009 at 14:40 GMT
I knew that the first song on Outlandos d'Amour was Next to You but I couldn't remember the name of the album. And unless there's an Orb quiz in the making I'm guessing this will be the last time you'll see a Gong reference on Sporcle.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 15:29 GMT
Tantric sex should be a bonus answer.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 15:31 GMT
Great band. Great quiz.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 17:44 GMT
Another possible question: The guitarist alter ego for a solo album: Klark Kent.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 17:54 GMT
Probably the best five album run by any band in the history of rock music. Not a clunker in the bunch.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 18:51 GMT
Great quiz. Although I think Scrantonicity (Kevin's Police cover band on The Office) should've been a bonus answer.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 19:37 GMT
Its kinda creepy listening to don't stand so close to me when you know Sting used to be a school teacher
Jul 19th, 2009 at 20:14 GMT
R&B/dance album that "BEAT IT" for the Grammys' Album of the Year. I get it ;)
Jul 19th, 2009 at 20:44 GMT
@Chumley: I swear to god, that was not at all an intentional pun. Had you not mentioned it, I would have never, ever noticed it. With that said, great find, my friend. Very, very well-played. @Everyone: Again, I hope you enjoyed this one (and perhaps learned a thing or two about these lads), but between this and my Clapton quiz, I'm definitely not making any more of these- too long to create, not enough plays. I did already create one more, about another extremely popular musician (not going to spoil it or give any other hints), and I have been told that one will probably see the light of day at some point; otherwise, back to more basic quiz structures for me.
Jul 19th, 2009 at 23:27 GMT
That's a shame, Kicking222, as both this and the Clapton one were great quizzes.
Jul 20th, 2009 at 00:27 GMT
Figment, just a few nice runs I'll throw out there: depending one's tastes, choose your favorite stretch from The Beatles' 9-album run of Help, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, White album, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, and Let It Be... Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St, Goats Head Soup. ... U2: Boy, October, War, Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree. ... There are of course more but those are some popular bands who are in the conversation.
Jul 20th, 2009 at 02:05 GMT
saw sting yesterday in quebec city,great show
Jul 20th, 2009 at 04:13 GMT
strontium 90, best band ever. im glad my knowledge of that finally came in handy. neat quiz, kicking222, but its a shame there wont be any more like em. its nice to test your knowledge on bands you like and learn a bit more about ones you dont know as well. keep up the awesome quizzes tho.
Jul 21st, 2009 at 23:45 GMT
Thanks, Informed and Joey. I would keep making them despite the low number of plays, except that these take an INCREDIBLY long time to create. As you can imagine, it's not like just making a list of the top twenty whatevers- it's digging into the entire history of a musician/band. (This one took the shortest amount of time to create, but it was still a huge burden.) I love making quizzes- I'm truly glad they can provide people with some fun for a few minutes- and I'm certainly going to keep making them, but I simply don't have interest in getting this in-depth and complicated again.
Jul 23rd, 2009 at 00:04 GMT
@ all Sting fans: if you aren't aware, his son fronts the band Fiction Plane, a near vocal twin!
Sep 2nd, 2009 at 22:23 GMT
All time favorite band! Fell in love the moment I heard Message In A Bottle. Too bad I became a fan after their last show. :( Ah well, great quiz!
Sep 20th, 2009 at 16:13 GMT
My favourite song was 'Invisible Sun'
Dec 30th, 2009 at 17:47 GMT
I've loved this band since I was 12. Fun quiz
Mar 21st, 2010 at 16:42 GMT
Apparently I don't know very many Police facts.
Oct 22nd, 2010 at 14:05 GMT
Thank you so much for this entertaining quiz! It brought back a lot of memories of teenagerdom, college, and "the time before". Before crack and meth destroyed lives, before the proliferation of STD's (including AIDS),before the absolute need for US gun control,before the assault on marriage and family in the West, before things got so out of control earthwide. The 1980's weren't exactly utopian,but today's young people have pressures, things to think about(and react to) that were unfathomable back in the day. We are still "driven to tears" and by so much more than the spectre of famine in Africa.We need divine intervention and soon! At any rate, thank you so much for evoking stimulating thoughts and continue making terrific puzzles for all to enjoy.
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