Song of the Day: The Police – “Synchronicity II”

On this day in 1977 in Paris, France, Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland played together for the first time as part of the band Strontium 90. That lineup of course went on to form The Police, who would become one of the biggest bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Their fifth and biggest album, Synchronicity, wound up becoming their last. This song effectively tells the story of a dissatisfied husband and father (“Another working day has ended/Only the rush hour hell to face/Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes/Contestants in a suicidal race/Daddy grips the wheel and stares alone into the distance/He knows that something somewhere has to break/He sees the family home now looming in his headlights/The pain upstairs that makes his eyeballs ache”) while juxtaposing images of a creature stirring in a distant land (“Many miles away something crawls from the slime/At the bottom of a dark Scottish lake”). “Our song Synchronicity II is about two parallel events that aren’t connected logically or causally, but symbolically,” Sting once said of the song. It’s a song I always found interesting in sound and lyrical content. The song was one of four singles off Synchronicity (the others being the more famous “Every Breath You Take,” “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” and “King of Pain”) and reached No. 16 on the Billboard singles chart.

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