A hidden glimpse of life within the bubble of the early days of the Police is coming on May 31st, with the re-release of drummer Stewart Copeland's documentary on the band Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out. The digitally remastered fan favorite will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms.
Showcasing one-of-a-kind footage shot by Copeland — both on and off the stage — Everyone Stares features “an insider’s view on touring with fellow band members Sting and Andy Summers, with the film capturing the reaction of adoring fans worldwide at a pivotal moment in the band’s career. . . The film is scored using rare live performances and studio 'derangements' of classic Police songs. Bonus features include over 20 minutes of extra footage and commentary by Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.”
Stewart Copeland admitted to us that the success of the Police wasn't really a case of getting more than they bargained for: “Well, it was sort of exactly what we did bargain for and dream about and got more of than we ever dreamed of. But the difference is, that we actually learned that there is a limit to how much love and adoration is good for you. And everything. . . If you don't get enough adoration — that's bad. We all know what that feels like, but there is such a thing as too much, and it started to get weird. Y'know, that's only a small gripe. Mainly what we had was a lot of laughs and a hell of a ride.”
Copeland spoke about one of the funnier scenes in the doc, which he filmed during the band's video shoot for 1980's “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da”: “I do have my Super-8 shot of a scene that was in a video. And we're standing there, looking like (laughs) idiots on the side of a mountain outside of Montreal. I've got my camera going while we're miming that song; and my shot is much better. My microphone is on, so you can hear the playback that we are using to mime and bounce around in time to the music and Sting is mouthing the words, but in fact, he's actually singing something (laughs) — it's just not the original lyric. And then him and Andy are arguing over the chords, and they're, y'know, chatting. So my shot that I've got on (the) Super 8 is much cooler than the shot they got for the video.”
Meanwhile, Stewart Copeland has interviewed Sting for a new BBC documentary that’s part of a project called What Is Music And Why? Copeland shed light on what his chat with his former bandmate was about, telling Music-News.com: “(I talked to) Sting for two hours, like we’ve never had before. We would argue about this particular song but not music in general. I’m talking to Patti Smith, Bobby McFerrin, Francis Ford Coppola and how he uses music in film.”