By the time Synchronicity
was released, Sting had an outsized influence on the group and near-total control over which songs they recorded. He wrote every song on the album except for this one, "Murder By Numbers
" (co-written with Andy Summers) and "Miss Gradenko," which was written by their drummer, Stewart Copeland.
"Mother" won over Sting, and the song provided a quirky contrast to the other tracks on the set. "It was so bizarre and weird compared to everything else, that people really liked it," Summers told us.