“We appealed to the female section of the audience. They wanted to be with us, talk to us, and give us their money.” Andy Summers says The Police were not only “superior, musically, to almost every other band” but they were also total babes

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Bearing in mind that he was 35-years-old when The Police scored their first UK Top 10 single (Can't Stand Losing You), Andy Summers' declaration in a new interview that the trio “weren't exactly a boy band” is unlikely to cause many jaws to drop.

However, just because the trio were superb songwriters, a thrilling live band and “superior, musically, to almost every other band” in the guitarist's humble opinion, doesn't mean that The Police weren't also sexually-stimulating hotties, basically.

“We were cute guys,” the 81-year-old guitarist tells Vulture. “We were nice looking guys. Everybody went mad because we were completely sellable as a pop unit. If the three of us were together and we turned up anywhere, a huge crowd would appear. It was one of those moments, and we were at the forefront of it. We weren’t exactly a boy band, but we had tremendous adulation and appeared to the female section of the audience, to put it politely. They wanted to be with us, talk to us, and give us their money.”

Other revelations in Summer's highly-entertaining interview with the website include his belief that The Police's manager (and drummer Stewart Copeland's brother) Miles Copeland “hated us, really” (“I think he hated me in particular”), that “guys in record companies don’t know shit about music” - “Sorry. That’s the grim truth” - and that he once went in search of Beatles producer George Martin on the island of Montserrat “like Tarzan hacking his way through the jungle” believing that only the fabled music industry legend could instil a sense of harmony to the fractious studio sessions for The Police's final album.

“I thought, Of course he’s going to help us. What a shot for Sir George!

Read the interview in full here.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.