These interviews, aired in late 1982, chronicle the band as they were beginning a sabbatical for the members to pursue individual interests. However, these conversations also make it clear that there were other reasons for the hiatus.
Lisa Robinson talks with Andy, Stewart, and Sting individually, but asks similar questions about fame, songwriting, and the possibilities of breaking up. Taken as a whole, these interviews provide a snapshot of the ego clashes and fatalism that would eventually cause the disbanding of The Police.
Andy Summers00:00 - Possibility of moving to NYC01:36 - Enjoying success02:26 - Drawbacks to being successful (hoping for it to be over)04:00 - Potential for a long career for The Police04:58 - Who has gotten crazy after the stardom05:17 - Keeping a level head to sustain the band's existence06:12 - Playing songs by Sting / sharing songwriting responsibility07:21 - Defining the sound of The Police08:36 - The "master plan" of The Police09:58 - The 4th member of the band (Miles Copeland III)10:31 - Larger tradition of music vs. being a guitarist in a pop band11:12 - The "guitar hero pose"11:58 - Working with Robert Fripp
Stewart Copeland 00:00 - Life at his country home vs. life on the road01:33 - Definition of fame01:52 - Benefits of success02:18 - Anonymity as an unnatural state and motivator03:15 - First inkling of major success / what kept the band together03:48 - Why The Police is successful05:01 - The practice routine 05:57 - Playing punk / closet heavy metal freak 07:41 - Making reggae popular 08:41 - Fighting in the band 09:53 - Playing songs by Sting11:03 - Will the group break up?12:03 - Being bored on tour / off-nights13:37 - Other jobs in the music industry13:50 - The Copeland family15:24 - Roles of the members of The Police
Sting00:06 - Acting in Brimstone and Treacle / convincing others he wasn't a rock star01:55 - Enjoying the challenge of acting02:55 - Looking at one's watch / off-nights on tour04:31 - Doesn't really like rock music04:55 - The most pleasing thing about songwriting 05:36 - Songwriting as a chore06:56 - What each band member does best07:45 - An accident of large proportion / nothing in common with the others 09:26 - Not easy being in The Police09:55 - Non-extravagance10:22 - Self-motivation / avoiding a big head 11:55 - Learning from the casualties of rock and roll 12:40 - Not being able to do anything but rock n' roll12:58 - Past jobs13:29 - No one can else can really be Sting14:35 - Likes being a misfit
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