The roots of Outlandos d'Amour were laid in early 1978 when The Police checked into Surrey Sound Studios to record a few tracks. "Our first album was recorded on second-hand multitrack tape - at that time, we couldn't afford our own tape," said Sting. "We were working in a home-made studio in Leatherhead belonging to Nigel Gray, a doctor whose hobby was recording. There were egg boxes on the walls, a sure sign of the home enthusiast. The room was tiny and the noise you hear at the start of 'Roxanne' was me falling backwards and accidentally sitting on the piano and then laughing.