The Police - Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
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Filmed entirely on a Super-8 camera belonging to the band's drummer Stewart Copeland, this film gives an insider's view of the band's rise to fame and eventual spilt. The film includes live performances, unique archive footage and interviews with band members and other key players.
"We're done," says Stewart Copeland near the end of Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, his homemade documentary about the rise and eventual fall of the group that ruled the planet during their '70s-'80s heyday. "When you get to where you're going, the ride is over." Yeah, but what a ride it was. Some 20 years after the Police (Copeland, Sting, and Andy Summers) disbanded for good, the drummer, now a film composer, edited the 50-plus hours of Super 8 footage he shot way back when, compiled a new soundtrack, wrote some voice-over commentary, and put together a film that, while considerably less than perfect, provides genuine insight into the chaotic, ultimately deadening world of rock superstardom. It all starts in '76, when the original band formed in England; by 1978, Copeland narrates, "we were ready to shed the leprous scab of (our) wretched history and sally forth to the promised land of America." Fame and fortune ensued, and along the way, Copeland filmed everything--not just the inevitable scenes inside their tour van and backstage, but pre-gig sound checks, recording sessions, in-store promo appearances Hell, he even recorded the band while they were making their videos, and there's one remarkable sequence in which he sets up his camera on a tripod behind his drum kit, then turns to address the viewer in mid-performance ("There's a little fight going on in front of the stage," he tells us). The camera work is often pretty shaky, and the performance footage is primitive, not to mention loud and distorted, but somehow that fits Copeland's fly-on-the-wall approach; and the soundtrack, live and studio versions of familiar tunes that Copeland "lobotomized" and "de-arranged," is revelatory. Perhaps best of all, the film offers Copeland a chance to tell us how it all went wrong. By the time of Ghost in the Machine, Sting (who comes off as his usual standoffish, mostly-humorless self) was no longer collaborating with other musicians in the studio. What's more, "(the) adulation started to feel like obligation," and while being rich and famous was swell, the price they paid was "our vibe, our essence." Part documentary, part travelogue, part video diary/confessional, Everyone Stares helps capture that essence again. --Sam Graham
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I was expecting more bitching at Sting - there is some, but not so bad as I had anticipated - therefore, our Kinetic Kid was also rather well-behaved. Maybe the passing of his beloved brother Ian and of the "fourth member" Kim Turner have somewhat changed the feelings that led to the acrimonious split of a great band at the very top of their game.
As for the movie itself, it's great for fans. There's rare footage of the famous early US tour-in-a-van that's just amazing, as well as lots of other early gigs. Stewart re-mixes a bunch of Police tunes to great effect: I'd like a soundtrack please! Overall, it's a great look at a band's humble beginnings and rocket rise to stardom in just a few years, and shows the grind of tour-record-tour-record that the boys went through. These guys were very driven and really put in the work to make it happen. A great companion to the longer, but less focused Police: Around the World which I pray will come out on DVD soon. Highly recommended.
I recently saw them at Giant Stadium in NJ for the second time. There will never be another band like them, and if they tour again in 5 years and Im 50 or even 60 for that matter I'll go see them again. I have yet to see three musicians produce that kind of creativity and energy in their music.
This is such a great video. I totally enjoyed it and look forward to watching it again.
When is 'Around The World' coming to DVD? and Sting....please....for the love of god....When is the reunion?!?!?
I don't think Stings last few albums have sold that well, I haven't bought one since the disappointing Ten Summoners Tales, but I have an idea:
STOP BUYING STING ALBUMS!!!
IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BRUISE STING"S MASSIVE EGO TO THE POINT THAT HE NEEDS THE POLICE REUNION TO STAY IN THE SPOTLIGHT!!
Untill then, buy this DVD