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Something Somewhere Has to Break

The Police perform “Synchronicity II” at the Omni in Atlanta in 1983 on the Synchronicity tour

As I was sitting at a near standstill on I-40 on my way into work today, the absurdity of my 45-minute-plus one-way daily commute and mundane workday suddenly hit me, and all I could think of were these lyrics from the Police’s “Synchronicity II”:

Another working day has ended
Only the rush hour hell to face
Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes
Contestants in a suicidal race

Complaining about my current work situation aside, this is one of my favorite Police tunes—latter day Police anyway—with an edge and aggression not found on the rest of the Synchronicity album. I searched high and low for a clip of the original post-apocalyptic video with its Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome feel and Sting & Company precariously perched atop piles of junk, but I had to settle for the performance from the November 2, 1983 show at the Omni in Atlanta during the Synchronicity tour.

Great song, and generally great performances. Here are a few other takes on it. Enjoy!

The “Andy Summers cam” angle of the same performance

Live in Oakland, CA in 1983

Slower, jazzy live version from The Police Reunion Tour at the Tokyo Dome in February 2008

Owen James performs a cover of “Synchronicity II” for Ont’ Sofa Sessions

10/30/2013 Update

A certain rock ’n’ roll snob was able to track down the original video for me. Thanks, Jay!

The Police - Synchronocity II