In the world of music, there were a lot of things that could sum up 1978, such as the ruling of disco and punk, the rise of New Wave, and the soundtracks of Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
But 1978 was also be the year, the world was introduced to the Police. Consisting of lead vocalist/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland, the band released their debut album Outlandos d’Amour. It was an introduction to the band’s signature sound, which was a mixture of post-punk, new wave, and reggae. Tracks on the album included “So Lonely”, “Next to You”, and “Hole in My Life”. But the album’s most notable tunes were “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You”. Both singles were released before the album in the UK, and had both ran into controversy due to it’s themes of prostitution and suicide, and they both initially flopped.
However when Outlandos d’Amour made it’s way to America, both tracks gained popularity, and they became top twenty hits in the UK, while “Roxanne” became the Police’s first top forty single in the US. As for the album itself, it cracked the UK top ten, and went to number 23 in the US. Yet, the album received mostly unfavorable reviews upon its release, especially Rolling Stone (who called the album “too jumpy and brittle”). But the reviews changed to the positive over the years, and the album is now regarded as one of the Police’s best, and the beginning of a short but successful tenure.