Stewart (Armstrong) Copeland (1952–) American-born English songwriter.
Sting (born Gordon Matthew Sumner) (1951–) English songwriter.
Andy Summers (born Andrew James Summers) (1942–) English songwriter.
The Police is one of the most critically and commercially successful groups to have emerged from the New Wave movement of the late 1970s. Their music contains elements of reggae, pop, rock, rhythm and blues, funk, and New Wave, resulting in a sound at once energetic and melodic, frenzied and lyrical.
The Police's first album, Outlandos d'Amour, contains what later became one of their most popular hit singles, "Roxanne." This song, which is about a man's love for a prostitute, typifies their early emphasis on love and the unique twists they bring to standard romance. Their subsequent albums, including Ghost in the Machine, show an increasing concern with political, social, and personal awareness. Synchronicity, their recent fifth album, continues in this direction, revealing an even darker, more bitter and pessimistic outlook toward contemporary society.