Ok, so it would be just a little bit of a stretch to consider The Police a punk band, and I won’t be the one to make that claim. However I will say that their first album Outlandos d’Amour was definitely mostly influenced by punk and reggae, and many punk fans find themselves digging the album, including this fucking guy.
Released back in 1978, the album was initially a flop and ripped apart by critics when it first came out, but then became one of their most famous albums to date. From the reggae-rhythmed “Roxanne” and “So Lonely” to the punk aggressive “Next to You” and “Peanuts”, The Police knew how to write a damn catchy tune.
I know when you think Sting, you aren’t really thinking moshpits and stagedives, but if you dig older punk rock like The Clash and Generation X, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much old school punk influenced The Police before they changed direction to a more poppy sound. And if you can’t get past the fact that it’s The Police, just remember that The Sex Pistols formed as a group similarly to the Backstreet Boys or N’Sync.