The Police: How They Ignited the Flame of My Music Taste

It’s time to throw it way back. And I’m not talking about any old Throw Back Thursday, or “TBT” as we millennials call it on Instagram. I’m talking about the moment that was to determine my music taste for the rest of my life.

Growing up, I was never that engrossed in music. It never had a true hold on me, until I was thirteen years old. As any teenager growing up, all us young girls thought about was boys and how our hair looked… which, on my part, was terrible, I must say.

A boy I had a crush on in school was chatting to me online via MSN, and his status revealed that he was listening to a song called “Message in a Bottle” by the Police. In the spur of the moment, I recall agreeing with him about how great this band was; resulting in myself frantically looking up the band on YouTube.

From listening to Message in a Bottle, I was instantly hooked. And no, that wasn’t a move to get my crush to like me more; that romance ended a mere few days later.

Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland truly introduced me to the world of rock music that I would soon find myself in for the rest of my life.

Their unusually progressive style caught my attention, and I couldn’t stop listening. Even though they were considered “old man music” by my classmates, a phrase I was yet to endure for the rest of my school life, they sparked a curiosity within me that nothing else ever did. They were something different, and most importantly, they were something good.

The combination of Sting’s tantalising vocals, Andy Summers’ soft guitar notes, and Stewart Copeland’s erratic beats worked beautifully with one another. Despite the band having their own various dramas and splitting up in 1986, their music has lived on and brought influence worldwide.

“Timeless” is the perfect word to describe the Police, and here are a few of my personal favourite tracks that affected my outlook on music, and simply can’t be missed.

Message In A Bottle (Reggatta de Blanc)

Don’t Stand So Close To Me (Zenyatta Mondatta)

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Ghost In The Machine)

Can’t Stand Losing You (Outlandos D’Amour)

Walking On The Moon (Reggatta de Blanc)

Spirits In The Material World (Ghost In The Machine)

Next To You (Outlandos D’Amour)

Reggatta De Blanc (Reggatta de Blanc)


About Author

Emily Puckering is a Hull born English Language and Journalism graduate living in Manchester. Loves anything borderline 'loser' including progressive rock and drinks around seven cups of tea a day. Very much dislikes revolving doors and having her 5ft tall height ever so repeatedly commented on.

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