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The Story Behind The Song: The Police's Message In A Bottle

Sting’s “book of lyrics” was the starting point for many of The Police’s classic tracks – including this one, which gave them their first UK No.1 single and put them on the road to stardom

Second-album slump’ is one of the most dreaded phrases you can foist upon a new rock artist, as it can often equate to another unpleasant label – ‘career killer’. But this didn’t seem to cross the minds of The Police trio of singer/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland when they began thinking about a follow-up to the band’s hit debut album Outlandos d’Amour (which had spawned hit singles including Roxanne and Can’t Stand Losing You).


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