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The Police, 'Synchronicity': For The Record
With Stewart Copeland on drums, Sting on bass and Andy Summers on guitar, the Police released their debut album in 1978. 1983's Synchronicity was their fifth and final album together. The title and songs were influenced by a 1972 book The Roots Of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler, which used the word "synchronicity," coined by psychologist Carl Jung, to speculate that paranormal events had a basis in physical nature. The word now owns a permanent place in music history thanks to the album and its two title tracks.
At the 26th GRAMMY Awards, Synchronicity gave rise to five GRAMMY nominations including Album Of The Year. The track "Synchronicity II" won Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. The Police won as a band for "Every Breath You Take" under the category Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and Sting won for Song Of The Year as the song's composer.
The album's producer and engineer Hugh Padgham went on to win major GRAMMY Awards for his work with Phil Collins. "I remember hearing the 'Every Breath You Take' demo for the first time and [manager] Miles Copeland was there in the room too," he said. "We realized we were staring a hit in the face."
In 2009 the album Synchronicity was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, joining a track from their 1978 first album Outlandos D'Amour — the band's single "Roxanne," which was inducted the year before. Coincidence?