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Fact #170980


Short story:

The new No1 album in the UK is Ghost In The Machine by The Police .

Full article:

Just three months after The Specials focussed Britain’s attention on the plight of inner-city Coventry, Invisible Sun reminded us that, just across the Irish sea, lay a city where generations of kids had grown up surrounded by fear and hatred. The album was recorded at George Martin’s Air Studios on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and although The Police were starting to fall apart, their sheer musical virtuosity ensured that every performance on Ghost In The Machine was superb. Sting’s singing had improved by leaps and bounds, and touches of the world music fascination that would enrich his solo career were showing up. Copeland’s astonishingly focussed drum patterns and Summers’ endlessly imaginative guitar textures transformed even the below-par songs that crop up towards the end, jamming them with little musical treats and lean, sinewy vigour.
Johnny Black
Arthur Koestler (author) : Did you ever see a magazine called the New Musical Express? It turns out there is a pop group called The Police - I don't know why they are called that, presumably to distinguish them from the punks - and they've made an album of my essay The Ghost in the Machine. I didn't know anything about it until my clipping agency sent me a review of the record.
(from an interview in The Paris Review)