Stewart Copeland’s Police Documentary Now Available
An inside look at The Police is now available thanks to a new documentary from Stewart Copeland. The Police: Everyone Stares – The Police Inside Out is a first-person look at the band compiled from the drummer’s personal camera.
“In 1978, when I was a member of a struggling rock band called The Police, I scraped together enough money to buy a Super 8 movie camera. As soon as I raised it to my eye and started filming, amazing things began to happen. It was like watching a movie unfold as the band sparked a fire that lit up the world for us. Everyone Stares is that movie.”
Copeland narrates as guitarist Andy Summers and bassist Sting went from playing small clubs to stadiums. The Police were also known for their subsequent breakup, although Sting tells Billboard that the rumors of the band members being at odds with each other is untrue.
“We like each other, and we always have,” he said. “There was creative tension but our relationship with each other was then and has always been strong and we always enjoyed each other’s company — and still do. I think you see that in the film; There are a couple of sequences where we’re visiting radio stations, get in the car, drive to WMM-something, talk to the guy there, then drive across down to WZZRT, or something, and you see us living our day, joking to ourselves. There’s footage of us just wandering the halls of radio stations, just bullshitting — at one point dancing in the dressing room. It’s just three guys with nothing to do for kicks but hang out while this incredible rocket ship was on its journey.”
The film is scored with “rare live performances and studio ‘derangements’ of classic Police songs,” which Copeland hopes to release as a soundtrack. The new DVD also includes over 20 minutes of extra footage and commentary by Summers and Copeland.