And When the Wombat Comes...
I was in A&B Sound this weekend and happened to spy and subsequently pick up a copy of Everyone Stares The Police Inside Out, a documentary made by Stewart Copeland. (the drummer for The Police if you weren't aware) Copeland bought a Super 8 cam in the earlyish days of the band and shot over 50 hours of footage with it. (the camera is featured in the video promo for "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da", I think) Since Super 8 footage gets damaged every time it is played, Copeland sat on his personal archive waiting for technology to catch up. It did and a documentary was born.
So few people talk about The Police today it is hard to remember sometimes that they really were a supergroup, honest to God rock stars of mythological proportions. They were HUGE and unlike today's superstars, they had to talent to burn. Packed concert halls and stadiums, record signings, screaming delirious fans - all captured on Super 8 and transferred to digital.
If you are a fan of The Police's music, pick it up. Copeland also remixed their songs for the soundtrack. Some songs are, obviously still presented as they were performed, but Copeland's soundtrack mix will allow you to hear their music in an entirely new way. Pop over to the set-up menu and listen to his mix of "Don't Stand So Close to Me". I can listen to the song every once and a while but I am tired of it. Copeland mixed the Zenyatta Mondatta version with the singles version they released in 1986 with interesting results. I have been popping in the DVD just to listen to it. The end credits mix is also interesting in its fusion of "Can't Stand Losing You" with "Regatta de Blanc" and other bits.
Anyhow, worth checking out at the very least. Now if they'd just re-release The Police, Around the World in 80 Days.