Animal Logic (band)

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Animal Logic
Animal Logic in 1989
Animal Logic in 1989
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active
  • 1987 (1987)–1991
  • 2013
  • 2020—present

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 of the songs written by Holland.


Formation and tour of Brazil (1987–1988)[edit]

In 1987 Stewart Copeland was working on the opera Holy Blood and Crescent Moon and found himself missing pop music. Along with bassist Stanley Clarke, he decided to form a band centered around a female singer. They found Deborah Holland after an extensive search, having received her tape from publisher Dan Howell.[1]

In November 1987, they embarked on a short tour of Brazil under the band name Rush Hour, with Copeland’s bandmate Andy Summers playing guitar. Summers, who was reluctant to join a group that would attract so many comparisons to The Police, quit the band after the tour ended in order to promote his own solo works.[2]

Animal Logic album (1989)[edit]

The band adopted the name Animal Logic after Miles Copeland had misheard a punk band's tape who he thought were singing “Animal logic! Animal logic!”. It turns out they were singing something completely different, but the band thought Animal Logic described their music perfectly, and after being sued for using the name of an already existing and well known band in the D.C. area bought the rights to use the name from the group.[3]

The album cover depicting three dogs was a rejected cover for The Police's Greatest hits album. Stewart liked it so much that he had hung it on the wall of his studio in England, and when he was talking to Miles about the name Animal Logic, Stewart said "Perfect! I have the album cover!"[3]

Miles Copeland envisioned recruiting a well known guitar player to record the album, and had arranged a recording session with Joe Walsh, who did not show up to the studio. Michael Thompson, who had previously played in a cover band with Deborah Holland, was called in to salvage the session and played on the song “Spy In The House Of Love”. Michael was offered a spot in Animal Logic, but declined as he was just about to release his own album, Michael Thompson Band, for Geffen Records. Michael did commit to playing on the rest of the album, as well as a 3 week tour of Asia.[4]

Copeland and Clarke financed the recording of the band’s debut album, and soon began showcasing for labels. They eventually signed with I.R.S. Records, which was headed by Copeland’s brother Miles.[1] The album Animal Logic was released in 1989 on I.R.S. Records in North America, and Virgin Records in other territories.

A promotional video for "Spy In The House Of Love" was released to MTV. The band performed "Spy In The House Of Love" on Late Night with David Letterman on November 10, 1989, accompanied by members of Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band.

Animal Logic II and breakup (1991)[edit]

Animal Logic released their second album, Animal Logic II in 1991, which included a duet with Jackson Browne on "Another Place", recorded at Jackson's studio in Santa Monica.[citation needed]

The album was promoted with a music video for “Rose Colored Glasses”, a song the band also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on November 7, 1991.[5]

Rusty Anderson, later lead guitarist for Paul McCartney, recorded and toured with the group.[6]

Stanley Clarke was unable to tour due to his career as a film composer which was just taking off. Rather than look for a replacement, and unable to promote the album, Animal Logic disbanded and Deborah Holland went on to pursue a solo career.[7]

Reunions and related activity[edit]

Both Clarke and Copeland appeared on Deborah Holland’s debut solo album, Freudian Slip (1994).

On September 11, 2013, Copeland posted a Sacred Grove video on YouTube featuring an Animal Logic "reunion". Copeland, Holland and Clarke performed a new song by Holland entitled "Whipping Boy".[8]

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.[9] On March 23, 2019 Deborah made the announcement on her official Facebook page that she was working on two new EPs – a solo release for 2020, and one with Animal Logic with no set release date.[10] On February 25, 2020 it was announced that she would release her sixth solo album, Fine, Thank You on March 27. The six song offering features performances by Stewart Copeland on four tracks.[11]

In a March 2020 interview with, Deborah Holland confirmed that Animal Logic has been working on material for a new EP: "We're in the process of finishing up five songs though the bulk of the work is now on Stanley's shoulders and he has a crazy schedule so it may take a while."[12]


Studio Albums


Year Title CAN UK Album
1989 "There's A Spy (In the House of Love)" 58 [13] 92 [14] Animal Logic
"As Soon As the Sun Goes Down" 66 [15] -
1991 "Rose Colored Glasses" 82 [16] - Animal Logic II

Band members[edit]

Band members[edit]

Touring musicians[edit]

Credited guest musicians[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dennis Hunt (November 4, 1989). "After Police and Opera, Copeland Turns Logical". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  2. ^ West, Aaron J. (2015). Sting and The Police: Walking in Their Footsteps. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 130. ISBN 978-0810884908. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Anil Prasad (1989). "Animal Logic – Sound reasoning". Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  4. ^ Brian Sword (February 14, 2016). "Ep. 90: Michael Thompson (Animal Logic, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain)". (Podcast). The Double Stop Podcast. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  5. ^ Animal Logic - Rose Colored Glasses [11-7-91], archived from the original on 2021-12-13, retrieved 2021-08-31
  6. ^ Moser, John J. (September 25, 2005). "Guitarist Rusty Anderson playing gig of a lifetime". The Morning Call. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Anil Prasad (1999). "Deborah Holland – All the world's a page". Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  8. ^ "Animal Logic at the Sacred Grove with Deborah Holland, Stanley Clarke and Stewart Copeland" on YouTube
  9. ^ "Animal Logic 32 years later". 2019-01-28. Retrieved 2020-06-18 – via Facebook.
  10. ^ "Album(s) Update". 2019-03-23. Archived from the original on 2022-02-26. Retrieved 2020-06-18 – via Facebook.
  11. ^ "Deborah Holland – Fine, Thank You!". February 25, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "An interview with… Deborah Holland". March 25, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  13. ^ "RPM 100 Singles Chart" (PDF). January 27, 1990. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  14. ^ "ANIMAL LOGIC | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company".
  15. ^ "RPM 100 Singles Chart" (PDF). June 2, 1990. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  16. ^ "RPM 100 Singles Chart" (PDF). September 28, 1991. Retrieved March 16, 2022.

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