Today in 1978 with a budget of only $1,500 borrowed from drummer Stewart Copeland’s brother Miles Copeland III, The Police started recording their debut album in England with producer Nigel Gray. The album ‘Outlandos d’Amour’ which was released in November of 1978 featured the hits ‘So Lonely’, ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’.
The album initially flopped, due to low exposure and an unfavorable reaction from the BBC. The band’s low-budget tour of America in support of the album made people across the country aware of the band, and especially “Roxanne”. The song received more and more airplay from radio D.J.’s in both the United States and the United Kingdom in April 1979. When A&M re-released “Roxanne”, it went to #12 on the UK charts, and “Can’t Stand Losing You” followed, eventually hitting #2. The album itself peaked at #6.
AllMusic.com’s Greg Prato writes, “But like all other Police albums, the lesser-known album cuts are often highlights themselves — the frenzied rockers “Next to You,” “Peanuts,” and “Truth Hits Everybody,” as well as more exotic fare like the groovy album closer “Masoko Tanga” and the lonesome “Hole in My Life.” ‘Outlandos d’Amour’ is unquestionably one of the finest debuts to come out of the ’70s punk/new wave movement.”