The Story Of How Sting Got His Name And Why The Police Members Died Their Hair Blonde
The Police is without a doubt one of the most famous and influential bands in rock history and although their career was short-lived, they still have a huge fan base. All of the band members achieved great success with their solo career following their disbandment in 1986.
Although there are a lot of things that fans know about both the band and its members, there are still some fun facts that most people have never heard of. Today we’re going to shed light on two of the facts that we found the most bizarre and amusing.
Where Does Sting’s Name Come From?
Apparently, Sting was trying to make it in the music scene before he co-founded the Police. In the ’70s, he used to perform jazz with the Phoenix Jazzmen, Newcastle Big Band, and Last Exit. This meant that he went on stage very often, and he had this one habit that got him the nickname, Sting.
He often wore a black and yellow jumper with hooped stripes while performing with the Phoenix Jazzmen. At some point, the bandleader told him that he looks like a wasp, which prompted the name ‘Sting.’ During the filming of Bring in the Night documentary, a journalist called him with his real name Gordon, and he responded by saying that even his immediate family calls him Sting.
Here’s what Sting said about his nickname:
“My children call me Sting, my mother calls me Sting, who is this Gordon character?”
Why Did The Police Members Dye Their Hair Blond?
The Police achieved worldwide fame in the late ’70s and they highly influenced the British new wave scene. The band was known for its original music as they played a style of rock influenced by jazz, punk, and reggae. However, the band members’ style and handsomeness also contributed to their success.
The bleached-blond hair soon became a band trademark, and although it definitely suits the band members, there’s a funny story behind it. Back in 1978, the band was desperate for money, and they were asked to do a commercial for Wrigley’s Spearmint chewing gum, for which they needed to dye their hair blond. The band did what they were told and the commercial was shot but it never aired. However, it gave the band their trademark hairstyle.