|THE LOW DOWN:
In the late seventies, THE POLICE were the biggest band in Britain; by the early eighties they ruled the globe as a
three-headed, bleached-blond monster of rock (or to be more precise... they pioneered an evolutionary shift in rock -
sensitive and articulate, in touch with the feminine side, the new model band with a new man as a singer.)
Surfing a new wave sound which valued intellectual cool and lightly sprinkled ethnic influences over the discredited
rock'n'roll bluster of old. The first post-punk supergroup.
A constructive arrogance and a very lucky streak...!!!
At the end of 1977, over the Christmas period, Stewart Copeland played Sting some of his reggae records. When
Summers returned to Britain from his vacation in America, he found his band mates newly inspired by Jamaican sounds.
"There's is this terrible wrong-headed cliché that The Police were a white reggae band," protests Summers.
"We weren't at all. A white reggae band would be UB40. The Police was The Police. We took elements out of
reggae, principally the bassline and tempo, and used them creatively... and that was the point of departure."
Indeed it was. Reggae rhythms finally shook The Police free from post-punk rock convention. They loosened up,
lightened up, opened up. They were ready for take off. The rest of this story has become history -
to date, 40 million people all over the world have bought a Police record...!
23 years later ... and everybody knows what's going on with The Police: they've reformed and went back out on tour.
Another key event - also 23 years later - is the release of a project which has been simmering for quite some
time now: The Police in Dub. Due for release in 2008 on ECHO BEACH. The first recordings for the Police In Dub
sessions by DubXanne (backed by Okada) started in September 2006.
After exhaustive scrutiny of the Police back catalogue at EMI Music Publishing (which controls and manages the
rights for Sting's songs) and lengthy negotiations with Sting's management team, final consent for the
project was granted in March 2008. Now the world can sit back and look forward to dub versions of the biggest
tunes by The Police :
Label: ECHO BEACH
Title: "The Police In Dub"
Catalogue: Echo Beach CD067
Release date: 30.05.08
(13 Tracks - 71 Minutes playtime)
|Walking on the dub
Roxanne - Dubxanne, Can't stand loosing you - Can't stand loosing dub; Bring on the night - Bring on the dub,
The Bed's Too Big Without you - The Bed's To Big Without Dub as well as many others. DubXanne´s album is a
mastpiece between Dub Reggae with massive Roots Influence but also with crossover potential to a jazzy,
elctronical dancy vibe and huge Vocalists on top:
From the legendary Big Youth (vocals on So Lonely) over to one of Stings best friends from the early
The Beat days... Ranking Roger from The Beat (and recently on stage with Police in Manchester). From the most
poppy vocalist ever Earl 16 (massive on Leftfield and Dreadzone albums...!) to the number one Dub poet Benjamin
Zephaniah and back to EASED from the legendary German dancehall reggae act SEEED...!!! and last but not least ...
JAZZ Min.. the fairy tale vocals on Wrapped Around Your Fingers and the DubXanne´s I Trees... (backroundsingers
A couple of special notes about Okada.... they backed ZOE, Maxim, Don Abi and they come along in the following line up:
Mykal - Drums // Marcus - Bass // Manougazou - Guitar //
and on Keyboards Guido Craveiro who also produced PID but was also responsible for productions with Moloko and Bootsy
Collins and ZOE.
01. Walking On The Moon (Walking On The Dub)
02. Roxanne - (Dubxanne) - Dub Version feat. EASED FROM SEEED
03. Can´t Stand Losing You (Can't Stand Losing Dub)
04. The Bed´s Too Big Without You (The Bed's Too Big Without Dub) feat. Ranking Roger
05. Driven to Tears (Driven To Dub)
06. Message In A Bottle (Message In A Dub) feat. Earl 16
07. Once Upon A Daydream (Once Upon A Dubdream)
08. Spirts In A Material World (Spirits In A Dubworld) feat. Benjamin Zephaniah
09. Someone To Talk To (Someone To Dub To)
10. So Lonely (So Dub) feat. Big Youth
11. Reggatta De Blanc (Reggatta De Dub)
12. Wrapped Around Your Finger (Wrapped Around Your Dub) feat. Jazz'min
13. Bring On The Night (Dub On The Night)