The Police - King of Pain (alt. video)

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Before anyone accuses me of fraud, this really is the official music video released in Australia for "King Of Pain". It was shown on the iconic ABC music programme "Countdown" on 11 March 1984. It is as an edited version of The Police's album promo film "Studies In Synchronicity". The ABC's "Countdown" was so powerful in the music industry in the '80s that it alone could make or break songs and artists - no video, no promotion, no chance. So A&M had little choice but to put this together in order to promote this song in Australia, the fourth single from the "Synchronicity" album. That makes it an official music video. I don't know if it was shown anywhere else in the world.


"King of Pain" is a song by English rock band The Police, released as the final single from their fifth and final studio album Synchronicity (1983). The song was written by 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. A&M Records released "King of Pain" as the album's fourth single in the UK, while in North America, it was released as the second single.

The song received critical acclaim from music critics, who praised Sting for his writing on the song, as well as the song's melody, while most critics agreed it was a highlight from the album. Reaching number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 1983, and number 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart for five weeks in August 1983, the single is The Police's most successful US single (together with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic") after "Every Breath You Take" based on chart position. In the UK, it reached number 17 in the charts in January 1984.

Multiple artists have covered "King of Pain". Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette covered the track for her MTV Unplugged album (1999) and released it as the second single from the album.

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