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Flashcards in MUSC 323 - The Police Deck (21):

"Next to You"

1. Punk rock energy
2. Simple instrumentation



1. Proto-reggae verse
2. Rock chorus


"Can't Stand Losing You"

1. Extended song form
2. Proto-reggae elements


"Message in a Bottle"

1. Metrical ambiguity


"Bring on the Night"

1. Rhythmic fakeout
2. Mature reggae


"Don't Stand So Close to Me"

1. Metric shift
2. Controversial lyrics


"Behind My Camel"

1. Adventurous melody/chords
2. Possible displaced reggae beat


"Every Little Things She Does is Magic"

1. Piano textures
2. Half-speed verses


"Invisible Sun"

1. Brooding electric keyboard sound
2. Serious, political lyrics


"Hungry for You"

1. Refrains with French text
2. Saxophone riffs


"Synchronicity I"

1. Wordy, complex text
2. Straight-ahead rock style


"Every Breathe You Take"

1. Chorus-based form
2. Slow rock ballad


"King of Pain"

1. Changing musical textures
2. Formal play


"Murder by Numbers"

1. Opening rhythmic fakeout
2. Jazz-rock song


What are the six characteristics of punk rock?

1. An aggressive style, rooted in anti-establishment sentiments
2. Loud and fast
3. Promoted individual freedom
4. "Return to simplicity" approach (rhythm section instrumentation, simple song structure and harmonies)
5. Do-it-yourself (DIY) aesthetic, including advertising and record cover designs
6. Distrust of "slickness" and virtuosity in musicians


On what beats do bass drum and snare drum hits occur in the song “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (intro and verse 1, chorus, and verses 2 and 3)?

Intro and Verse 1:
- Bass drum hits on beats 2 and 4
- Snare drum hits on beats 2 and 4
Verse 2 and 3:
- Bass drum hits on every beat
- Snare on beat 3 (or 2 and 4 at old/slower speed)


The book Ghost in the Machine refers to which two layers of the human brain (and what they contain), and how is the analogy extended to machines?

The book talks about our modern human brain, a combination of older layers (primitive, instinctual) grafted onto newer ones (logic and reason).

The analogy was then extended to machines, seen as representing logic and reason, while the 'ghosts' were the anomalies or unpredictable, even malignant aspects (the primitive/instinctual).


What individual project did each member of the Police engage in during their time off from each other in 1982?

1. Sting acted in a feature film
2. Copeland wrote scores for a Hollywood movie and ballet
3. Summers released a duo guitar album with his close friend, Robert Fripp (founder of King Crimson)


What three combined features were replaced or “out” with new wave?

1. New wave replaces long songs and extensive instrumental soloing with short, hook-based arrangements.

2. Hippie lyrics engaging big ideas (religion, the state, the future of mankind) or predatory sexuality are out and topics dealing with dating and romantic love (with no threat of sexual conquest) are in.

3. Distorted, bent-string guitar solos and soaring MiniMoog synthesizer lines give way to the clean tones of rockabilly and the mechanical synth sounds of the twenty-first century.


What 5 bands did the Police travel with for their August 5, 1977 concert?

1. Eddie and the Hot Rods
2. The Clash
3. The Damned
4. The Jam
5. The Maniacs.


What are the first 4 songs performed by the Police at their 1980 Hamburg concert?

1. Next to You
2. So Lonely
3. Walking on the Moon
4. Hole in my Life