Every Thursday, I’m going to write a post about a band from the movie URGH! A Music War. One band per week, in order of appearance, discussing the song and what it meant to me in the context of the movie, and what it means to me now.
URGH! is, in my opinion, one of the best concert films out there, ever. Very little production, just the cameras, the fans, and the bands.
The movie opens to the cracking snare hits of “Driven to Tears” by The Police, grainy shots of the crew setting up for the show, and then cuts to the performance of the band as the lyrics start. Sting is wearing his sleeveless Beat shirt, Andy Summers rocks a suit, and Stewart Copeland styles in his t-shirt and 70’s-style gym shorts, keeping time.
When I was younger, it was never one of my favorite songs, but I’ve heard it so many times live (just on records, not at shows) that I realize how crucial of a song it is to their set. I did see them once, live, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. I had waited so many years, and I was not disappointed – especially not in that gorgeous setting.
This song is a good draw to the movie, a very popular band, but playing an album track instead of a single, which fits the movie because from here it’s all indie bands, punk bands and one-hit-wonders, except for the Go Go’s, they were pretty big back then as well. The Police were one of my favorite bands at the time that I first saw URGH! I was still pretty young but there was something about the music the three of them made. Stewart remains one of my favorite rock drummers. I know plenty of people who don’t like how he plays, and most of them are drummers themselves. Doesn’t matter to me.
Great beginning to a great film. Enjoy.
P.S. – The linked song above is not the URGH! version, but the live version from the Police box set. As always, purchasing from the iTunes store with those links helps support Your Older Brother. Thanks!