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Written King Of Pain - The Police - Synchronicity the band's lead singer and bassist Sting as a post-separation song from his wife, "King of Pain" conjures up symbols of pain and relates them to a man's soul.
The song received acclaim from music critics, many of whom praised Sting's lyrics and cited the song as a highlight from Synchronicity. It reached No. In the United Kingdom, it reached No. Multiple artists have covered "King of Pain".
Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis King Of Pain - The Police - Synchronicity covered the track for her MTV Unplugged album and released it as the second single from the album. The song was released after " Every Breath You Take "'s eight-week appearance on top of the charts.
Sting 's fascination with Carl Jung and, to a greater What Was Wrong - The Sovines - Stupefyin Jones, Arthur Koestler inspired him to write the track.
As a Hungarian-born novelist who resided in England, Koestler was enthralled with parapsychology and the unexplained workings of the mind he wrote the book titled The Ghost in the Machine in the late '60s, after which the Police named their fourth album.
The song was inspired by his then-recent separation from his first wife. He remarked, "I conjured up symbols of pain and related them to my soul. A black spot on the sun struck me as being a very painful image, and I felt that was my soul up there on the sun. It's just projecting your state into the world of symbolism, which is what poetry's all about, really. Actually, it was something I said.
I'd just left my first wife — a very painful break King Of Pain - The Police - Synchronicity and I went to Jamaica to try and pull myself together.
I was fortunate to be able to go to Jamaica, I have to say, and stayed at this nice house and was looking at the sun one day. I was with Trudie who is now my current wife and said 'Look, there's a little black spot on the sun today'. And there's a pause. The Great Nothing - Spocks Beard - V said, 'That's my soul up there'. I was full of hyperbole.
I said So Close - The Flying Pickets - So Close I went back in and wrote it down on a piece of stuff, and wrote some other stuff.
The song received acclaim from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic picked the song as a highlight from the album, writing that "King of Pain" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "are devilishly infectious new wave singles.
The song was a success in the United States, peaking at No. Elsewhere, the song performed modestly. In the United Kingdom, the song reached No. The Lady Madonna (Take 4) - The Beatles - More Masters was released as the album's second single on 19 April Morissette shifted the word "king" to "queen" towards the end of the track.
Critics gave the track favourable reviews, with some calling a "tender" ballad, and others naming it outstanding. The song only managed to chart in Brazil and Netherlands.
Neva Chonin of Rolling Stone wrote that "songs with lusher orchestral backdrops — " You Oughta Know ," " Uninvited " and the Police's "King of Pain" — still carry lengthy, vocalcentric intros. American rock band Mudvayne released the track on their album By the People, for the People in American recording artist Lady Gaga performed the track along with Sting at iHeart Radio Festival in ; they also performed the track " Stand by Me ". Their rendition of "King of Pain" was lauded by critics.
Louis Virtel of The Backlot called it "the best version of the song you'll ever hear," praising Gaga for "sporting teal streaks and some Stevie Nicks drapery, and Sting is of course wearing Underarmourbasically.
Excellent performance. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song by The Police. For the album by Loudness, see King of Pain album.
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