Behind the Scenes at the Police Cover Shoot

June 13, 2007 11:57 AM ET

Seeing as most of the video we post on this site features that dude who writes "The Smoking Section" following around the Kings of Leon, you can bet we were excited when we laid our hands on an actual quality short film on our recent cover shoot with the Police. It was shot by none other than Jordan Copeland, Stewart Copeland's son, which might explain why the band was comfortable enough to dress up in wacky costumes for the camera.

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