Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Police - Nothing Achieving

Long before Stings Tantric sex exploits, old man guitar player what's his name and million seller bullshit albums these guys were a viable punk rock band...

The Police were founded by American-born drummer Stewart Copeland in early 1977. After the demise of his progressive rock band Curved Air, Copeland was anxious to form a new three-piece group and join the burgeoning London punk scene. Singer-bassist Sting and guitarist Henry Padovani began rehearsing with Copeland in January 1977, and they recorded their first Police single, "Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving," the following month. Acting Manager Paul Mulligan paid for the recording of the single. In March and April, the threesome toured as a support act for Cherry Vanilla as well as Wayne County & the Electric Chairs.

In May, ex-Gong musician Mike Howlett invited Sting and former Eric Burdon and the Animals guitarist Andy Summers to form Strontium 90 with him, as a project band for a Gong reunion. The drummer Howlett had in mind for this band, Chris Cutler, was unavailable to play, so Sting brought along Stewart Copeland. Strontium 90 recorded several demo tracks at Virtual Earth Studios, and then performed at a Gong reunion concert in Paris on May 28, 1977. An album with some of these studio and live tracks (with the first recorded version of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic") was released twenty years later in 1997 under the name Strontium 90: Police Academy. The foursome also performed at a London club as "The Elevators" in July 1977.

In July 1977, Copeland, Sting, Padovani, and Summers began performing as a four-piece version of the Police. Padovani's relatively limited ability as a guitarist meant that his tenure with the band was short. Soon after an aborted recording session with producer John Cale on August 10, Padovani left the band and Summers took over sole guitar duties. This lineup of Copeland, Sting, and Summers would endure for the rest of Police history.

So here is the 1st single by The Police with Henry Padovani on guitar. Wonder where old Henry is these days....?


The Police - Nothing Achieving


Mondo said...

With you all the way on that one DD - Fall Out is an old fave of mine,

Henry's one of the nearly men of Rock like Pete Best, Wally from the Pistols and What's his name who left the Buzzcocks to form Magazine.

Devil Dick said...

planet, i'd have henery in my band in a second!!!

Play LOUDER! For Best Results said...

Henry did join the band on some important French dates of its reunion tour last year. He's still active on the French rock scene. Very interesting post!