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Stewart Copeland’s Remorse for Acting Behind Andy Summers’ Back

In a recent interview with Tidal magazine discussing the deluxe version of ‘Klark Kent’ released on November 17, Stewart Copeland shared insights into The Police’s tracks, reflecting on a moment when he went behind Andy Summers’ back during the creation of 1979’s ‘Message In A Bottle.’

Expressing regret, Copeland stated: “Thank you, Andy, for calling it my finest drum track. However, he deserted me when I needed him most. Andy was the quality control over the bulls**t. It’s a great track, but the end goes on forever. When Andy wasn’t looking, I did some snare and cymbal overdubs. I regret them now. There’s one too many overdubs, but if Andy likes it, it must be cool because he has a very high threshold.” He also shed light on the song’s inception:

“Sting wrote the song and that riff, and the two of them put their heads together. Andy might’ve tweaked it and developed it, as he did with all the things. With that basic riff ‘daddle dee daddle dee da,’ Andy came up with the harmony guitar part to that, which is cool.”

Copeland’s Reworking of The Police Hit

‘Message In A Bottle,’ the first number-one hit for The Police from their second album ‘Reggatta de Blanc,’ received a unique treatment in Copeland’s new album ‘Police Deranged For Orchestra,’ released on June 23, 2023. Copeland took on the challenge of rearranging several of the band’s classic songs, including ‘Tea In The Sahara’ and ‘Roxanne.’ In a conversation with Grammy.com, he revealed the difficulties he faced while working on ‘Message In A Bottle’ due to its inherent sound structure:

“‘Message In A Bottle’ was like a diamond, and I could not mess with it; the form of it is what it has to be. I did mess with the orchestration, with the sound textures, and so on, but the song itself resisted all of my attempts at de-arrangement. But I did orchestrate the heck out of it.” Experience both the original and Copeland’s versions of ‘Message In A Bottle’ in the videos below.

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