Roxanne – The Police – VerseSteve Ley
'Roxanne' was originally released in the UK in 1978 without making waves. However, it was re-released early the following year, giving The Police some much-needed early exposure and their first hit-single. In 2008, 'Roxanne' was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is ranked #388 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Legendary drummer, Stewart Copeland, plays a simple yet effective groove throughout the verses. The unconventional bass guitar motif is supported by the bass drum, which sounds in rhythm. The absence of the snare on beat 4 gives the song a ‘held back’ feeling, until the chorus kicks-in and the band takes full-flight.
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