Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum
The best example, in my opinion, is the song "Walking on the Moon."
The basic groove is 8th on the hi-hat, but Copeland throws in lots of 16ths, and then starts throwing in some poly rhythms and various assorted syncopations on the hi-hats as drum fills.
2nd great example is the original version of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (there is a 2nd version the Police put out a few years later with a drum machine).
Copelands dynamics on the hi-hat are what drive the verses.
Another very good, clear example of his hi-hat work:
1. "Darkness," from Ghost in the Machine
: the whole song is basically Stewart playing the hi-hat with accents on the bass drum, feathered.
2. The opening to Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain," from So
: Stewart plays the hi-hat intro for this song (and plays the full session for "Big Time").