Within a brief span, The Police have amassed a large following through their own original style of reggae-tinged rock, thanks in part to their drummer, Stewart Copeland. This month’s Rock Chart features the hit, “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” from the smash album, Zenyatta Mondatta. Part of reggae’s appeal is derived from its bouncing, half-time feel, and this is provided by the bass drum on the third beat, quite characteristic of reggae (see letter A). The partially open hi-hat beats during the verses offer a subtle momentum to the ride pattern. Also, note the unorthodox nine-measure chorus (letters B & D). And finally, watch the strong punch on the “and” of “4”, preceding each chorus (1 measure before B, D, F, & H). Stewart Copeland skillfully applies the feel of reggae to The Police sound, and the result is very interesting drumming.

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