There’s a damn good reason why bands from the 60s to 80s were called “classic rock” bands. The songs from their repertoire have become pop music standards that have influenced millions of rock fans around the world. While most of these bands’ records are well worth your time, every now and then there’s something that should have been left on the cutting room floor.
As much as we love to idolize these artists, it’s important to know that no band is able to release perfect material all the time. Every once in a while, bands release songs that are mediocre, lazy, or downright objectionable in some cases.
Does that mean these bands are losing their credibility as legitimate songwriters? Not at all. In fact, sometimes it takes an average song from a band for the fanbase to realize just how great material the band has already produced. For some reason, these are the songs that make fans (and some band members) soar every time they hear them. Some of them might not be quite horrible, but these acts can definitely do better than that.
The Police were monsters of the pop and rock world throughout the 80s. From their weak beginnings with “Roxanne” to the monster hit “Every Breath You Take”, the band never managed to create absolute ear candy. for the general public. While Synchronicity is considered the band’s last creative moment before their breakup, there’s a song that pops up in the middle of the record that spoils everyone’s fun.
Written by guitarist Andy Summers, “Mother” is an absolutely blatant track that’s far more avant-garde than the experimental stuff the band were writing at the time. To its credit, the song certainly isn’t uninteresting, as most of the melody revolves around a chaotic backing track and Summers creepily buzzes about what sounds like a domestic violence storyline between him and his own mother. .
The Police have always been considered a bit of a quirky band, but did anyone expect anything like that from the guys who gave us hits like “Message in a Bottle” and “King of Pain?” This song might be a bit of a face, but the record quickly picked up steam with songs like “Wrapped Around Your Finger” and “Synchronity II” soon after. Although Synchronicity earned a reputation as one of the most essential albums of the 80s, you can bet this song is something people skip over time and time again.