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Album: SynchronicityReleased: 1983Charted:
This is a very personal song written by Sting. He had recently separated from his first wife and was not getting along with the other 2 members of the band.
Sting wrote this in Jamaica at the house where Ian Flemming wrote the James Bond books.
Sting: "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."
This was a tough song to record. Sting didn't accept most of the suggestions from Andy Summers and Stuart Copeland.
The Police recorded this on the Caribbean Island of Monserrat. There was a great deal of tension in the band, and this was their last album.
Weird Al Yankovic recorded a parody of this song called "King of Suede." It's about a guy who is really good at selling suede. (thanks, Cliff - Burkesville, KY)