American Top 40 PastBlast, 12/24/83: Police, “Synchronicity II”

Not too much to say I didn’t already mention in Thursday’s post about the song leading off that tape, except:

–Sting really brought his A-game with the lyrical imagery: “We have to shout above the din of our Rice Krispies,” “Every single meeting with his so-called superior is a humiliating kick in the crotch,” and “Packed like lem-mings in-to shi-ny met-al box-es” comprise only some of the highlights;

–It took me decades to realize that the use of “loch” at the end of the second verse wasn’t an affectation (okay, wasn’t just an affectation), but that it more or less fits the rhyming scheme (as “lake” does in verses one and three);

–The chaos, towers of garbage, and swirling debris on offer in the video all could easily serve as a metaphor for a good portion of what was going on in my life around the time this song was on the countdown.

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