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Stewart Copeland’s behind the scenes doc about The Police out today

Photo by Peter Noble/Redferns/Getty Images
Photo by Peter Noble/Redferns/Getty Images

Reissued today (May 31st) is Police drummer Stewart Copeland’s documentary on the band, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out. The digitally remastered fan favorite is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms.

Showcasing one-of-a-kind footage shot by Copeland — both on and off the stage — Everyone Stares features “an insider’s view on touring with fellow band members Sting and Andy Summers, with the film capturing the reaction of adoring fans worldwide at a pivotal moment in the band’s career. . . The film is scored using rare live performances and studio ‘derangements’ of classic Police songs. Bonus features include over 20 minutes of extra footage and commentary by Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.”

Stewart Copeland told us that on so many levels, filming the Police was an absolute filmmaker’s joy: “Well, Andy was the main ham of the band. Sting was so drop-dead handsome, just sizzling handsome; all he had to do was look at the camera and smolder. Andy gets all the laughs.”

Copeland told us that by the time the Police headed to Montserrat to record 1981’s Ghost In The Machine — which is featured in the doc — there just wasn’t enough room to fit everyone’s ideas onto the tracks: “It became harder and harder to put aside our creative vision and deal with each other. And even though we were very, very tight socially — and, y’know, when we were not making music, we were (laughs) getting along really well. The only thing we disagreed about was music. Strange, because that’s why the whole world was interested in us, was the music that we made while screaming at each other. But, I think the explanation is, rather than three guys, who grew up in the same town, and loved the same music — you’re gonna make, kind of one-dimensional music. But, we’re three different guys, who grew up in different places, and have different ideas about what music is for — let alone what we like. That means that the band is going to be multi-faceted.”

Side Notes:

Out now is the latest Police vinyl box set, Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings. The 40th anniversary package collects all five of the band’s legendary albums along with a 12-track sixth disc entitled Flexible Strategies featuring exclusive bonus material of non-album recordings and B-sides.

The track listing to the bonus album in the box set, Flexible Strategies is: “Dead End Job” – 1978; “Landlord” – 1979; “Visions Of The Night” – 1979; “Friends” – 1980; “A Sermon” – 1980; “Shambelle” – 1981; “Flexible Strategies” – 1981; “Low Life” – 1981; “Murder By Numbers” – 1983; “Truth Hits Everybody (Remix)” – 1983; “Someone To Talk To” – 1983; and “Once Upon A Daydream” – 1983.