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The Sundays

Building on the jangly guitar pop of the Smiths and the trance-like dream pop of bands like the Cocteau Twins, the Sundays cultivated a dedicated following in indie rock circles, both in their native England and in America, in the early '90s. Although the sales of their first two albums were strong, the band never crossed over into the mainstream, as so many observers and critics predicted they would.

The Sundays formed in the summer of 1987 in London, England. Originally, the group consisted of vocalist Harriet Wheeler, who had previously sung with a band called Jim Jiminee, and guitarist David Gavurin. After the duo had written several songs, they added a rhythm section, featuring bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan. In August of 1988, the Sundays performed their first concert, playing at the Falcoln "Vertigo Club" in Camden, London. The concert generated good word-of-mouth within the industry, and the group became the target of a record label bidding war. By the end of the year, the band had signed to Rough Trade; they would sign a deal with DGC Records for American distribution within a year.

"Can't Be Sure," the Sundays' first single, appeared in January of 1989 and entered the U.K. charts at number 45. The group took a year to record its first album, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The debut was released in early 1990 to very positive critical notices and unexpectedly entered the U.K. charts at number four. Upon its American release later in the year, the album became a modern rock hit, peaking at number 39. Its success in the U.S. was largely due to heavy radio and MTV airplay for the single "Here's Where the Story Ends." The single wound up topping the modern rock charts in America. The Sundays spent the rest of 1990 successfully touring America, Europe, and Japan.

During 1991, Rough Trade collapsed due to financial mismanagement. After the label went out of business, the Sundays signed a deal with Parlophone Records in the U.K.; Reading, Writing and Arithmetic went out of print in England and would not go back in print until 1996. Even considering the setback of Rough Trade's implosion, the Sundays took a long time to write and record their second album. They finally delivered the follow-up to Reading, Writing and Arithmetic in the fall of 1992. The resulting album, entitled Blind, was greeted with mixed reviews but was an immediate hit in the U.S. and U.K. In America, "Love" became a number two modern rock hit and "Goodbye" peaked at number 11. Although Blind was initially successful, it didn't have they staying power of the debut and dropped out of the charts by the summer of 1993. The Sundays supported the album with an international tour.

After the release of Blind, the Sundays were quiet for the next several years. The only sign of the band was the use of their cover of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" in an American television commercial in 1994. It would be five years until The Sundays would release another album. Wheeler and Gavurin got married, had a baby girl named Billie, and yearned for a normal life during this time. This obviously explained their absence from the music world, but it was well worth the wait. The Sundays again achieved mainstream success with their third album, Static & Silence (1997), thanks to the popular hit single "Summertime." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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This one always makes me think of the the Cocteau Twins.
Love this song. Its on that movie fear with mark wahlberg. Love that movie and tells ya alot about people and deceiving they can be.
Alex112568. I am so with you! Gorgeous, ethereal, makes me FEEL and long for every love lost. WOW
a good song to make love to
I know this from Buffy's prom lol. Makes me tear up either way
Just a beautiful song.
katiecastrot o m
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on. The screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
nicko252008
Very refreshing sound.
Sounds like someone has a case of the "Sunday's" :/
wild horses is the best stones remake i've heard. sounds so heavenly and like being in a euphoric dream.
I've always liked the song (Summertime) . I did not know it The Sundays.
One of my personal top 5 albums and groups of all time.
Damn. I always thought this was Mazzy Star. That's what I get for believing titles on torrent files. Beautiful rendition of this song. Amazing.
was this on buffy? :)
I adore this awesome cover of Wild Horses! Listened to this album everyday when it came out. Such a beautiful voice.
The touch of a song do to a haunting voice . Beautiful . Wild wild horses couldn't drag this old boy away!
LOVE her voice... makes me happy to be sad....
Depressing 90's music.
cwissner7
Every time I hear this song it makes me think of the movie Fear. LOVE!!! :)
A friend introduced me to them. They are good I will listen to more of their songs. Follow me.
minja009
great cover! ultra sexy voice
Beautiful! So much talent that stayed under the radar for the most part. This is why this music will remain timeless. Mainstream didn't screw it up.
The vocals are amazing! Beautiful music. Too short a career. Make more.
spirit_316
The Sundays will always be one of my faves. I NEVER tire of them. One can only hope they record and release another album.
Unforgettabl e and sad nothing beyond three albums. A soundtrack to many lives.
one of my fav
jmateos5
Magical
My favorite Sundays tune and I love em all!
Love it!
fedwellfarms
This is a truly a
beatiful song
davidwfoster 5
great tune
mz.chiquita0 4
xoxoxoxox
absolutely in love with wild horses
525433228
Wild Horses. This is one of my most favorite songs. I love this song.
ndro1371
cool
marty_m214
WOW! I was not familiar with this group, gotta go find discs now!!
clubcollecto r g o l f
doesn't get much better than the Blind album... soooo good in 1992
I love this song sung like this. I love Susan Boyle's version, too. Good music is good music.
My favorite, too. Timeless. Such good music, great lyrics & vocals. Love them.
Favorite band. Then and now. Miss them much.
lil_sprout0
best band in a long time great voice and music, unlike today sex sells but who cares about talent..I do... first and foremost who cars about money and glam, most cant relate to that, I cant I work for a living, I want good music and lyrics to unwind to.
I seen them live in LA and her voice is even more mesmerizing and Angelic in person ..one of my favorite bands of all time! always and forever.. come back!!
Favorite band of all time! Love, it's enough!
Reunion Tour!!
The Sundays are mesmerizing. They take me away to another place.
zellerware
Such a great band and such a unique voice with Harriet the babe.
definitely one of the most beautiful voices
wish they had released more music. One of the few bands I like that I don't pay much attention to the meaning, just the texture of the voice is enough. Perfect.
hideoustown
hideoustowns make me throw up
Harriet Wheeler has one of the most unique voices...ang e l i c .
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