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One of the things I absolutely denied in the 1980s, but have come to reluctantly accept with the benefit of time, hindsight, and a near-total banishment of actively listening to their music for a couple of decades due to overexposure: The Police were a tremendous band. Yes, I know, duh.
This is, of course a thing I knew at the time: that outside of The Clash — it’s always outside of The Clash — they were the pioneers of fusing punk and reggae. Plus, unlike The Clash, whose reggae got more reggae as their career moved forward, The Police added an extra dollop of musicianship and a whole steaming bowlful of pop (which in this case included looks) to their version of that fusion, which is why they were near-instant stars who were only getting bigger when they threw in the towel.