Sunday, February 27, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 294: King Of Pain

King Of Pain - The Police (1983)

Of all the perfect singles that this band hammered out in their five album career, this track from their last (and greatest) record is what the 365 chooses to pontificate about. Is it because it is the gestation of the sound that Sting would come to perfect on his first three solo classics? is it the never better sounding three piece augmented with tasteful keyboards in a decade that usually went with the opposite? Is it the killer hooks that dominate both the verses and the choruses?

Hell, I'm a word man. Always have been and always will be.

Sting's lyrics capture the moment of a man becoming aware of his sad lot in life better than anyone else has since Dylan's "Ballad Of Hollis Brown".

And nobody gets killed!

The perfect 90's chanteuse and a crappy metal band have covered this song. Surprisingly, both are pretty damn good.

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