Animal Logic (band)

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Animal Logic is the name of a band (and its eponymous first release) formed in 1987 by ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland, virtuoso bassist Stanley Clarke, and singer-songwriter Deborah Holland. The group recorded two albums under the auspices of Police manager Miles Copeland III before disbanding, with nearly all the songs recorded supplied by Holland.

The first rock band to be called Animal Logic was started by Rob Hatch at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1984. Animal Logic consisted of Rob Gould (lead vocals), John Wright, (lead guitar), Bob Williams (keys, vocals), John "Boomer" Espenbaum (drums), and Hatch (bass). The name was formed by combining two stickers from Hatch's sticker-covered bass case "Animal Time" and "Defy Logic". The rights to the name were sold to Copeland, Clarke, et al in 1988.

Copeland's former bandmate in The Police, guitarist Andy Summers, was also a member of the group in its initial stages when it was known as "Rush Hour," but left following a short Brazilian tour in late 1987 before the recording of the first album. Michael Thompson was called at the last minute to record guitar parts, leading him to tour with the band as a supporting player. Rusty Anderson, later lead guitarist for Paul McCartney, also recorded and toured with the group.

In 2013, Copeland, Clarke, and Holland recorded a new song, "Whipping Boy", at the Sacred Grove. In January 2019, Holland posted several pictures and short videos from a new Animal Logic recording session at the Sacred Grove with Copeland and Clarke online via Facebook.


  • Animal Logic (1989)
  • Animal Logic II (1991)
  • Whipping Boy (single, 2013)

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