Everyday Is Like Sunday

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For the 2013 film, see Everyday Is Like Sunday (film).
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
Single by Morrissey
from the album Viva Hate
Released 31 May 1988
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Recorded October - December 1987
Genre Indie rock
Length 3:33
Label HMV (UK original release)
Major Minor (UK 2010 reissue)
Sire/Reprise (U.S.)
Morrissey singles chronology
"Suedehead"
(1988)
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
(1988)
"The Last of the Famous International Playboys"
(1989)

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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

"Everyday Is Like Sunday" is the third track of Morrissey's debut solo album, Viva Hate, and the second single to be released by the artist. It made number nine in the UK Singles Chart and remains one of his best-known songs. "Everyday Is Like Sunday", as well as the single's B-sides "Disappointed" and "Will Never Marry", feature on the compilation album Bona Drag.

The lyrics are inspired by Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach, about a group of people waiting for nuclear devastation in Melbourne, a beachside city in Australia.[citation needed] Also, according to Morrissey, the song was originally inspired after visiting the Welsh sea-side resort of Borth.[2]

The track has been covered by a number of other bands, including The Pretenders (on the Original Motion Picture soundtrack Boys on the Side), by 10,000 Maniacs (as a b-side to their single "Candy Everybody Wants"), the Armageddon Dildos (on their "Come Armageddon" maxi-single), Estonian 1990s pop group Mr. Lawrence and Mikel Erentxun (on his album Acrobatas). Colin Meloy of The Decemberists also covers the track on his solo album Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey. Dave Couse (former lead singer of A House) has performed this live with his later band The Impossible and alternative rock band Fate or Trouble who released the song as their debut single. A mostly instrumental version (containing only the title lyric) was used in NFL Network's "When all you want is football" television ad campaign.

The single was re-issued on 27 September 2010, on CD and two 7"s, including the unreleased "November the Second"; an alternative mix of "November Spawned a Monster". This re-issue debuted at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart. It coincides with the 20th anniversary re-issue of his 1990 compilation, Bona Drag.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (Morrissey/Stephen Street)
  2. "Disappointed" (Morrissey/Street)

12" vinyl, compact disc and cassette[edit]

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (Morrissey/Street)
  2. "Sister I'm a Poet" (Morrissey/Street)
  3. "Disappointed" (Morrissey/Street)
  4. "Will Never Marry" (Morrissey/Street)

2010 re-issue[edit]

compact disc[edit]

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (2010 digital remaster) (Morrissey/Street)
  2. "November the Second" (Morrissey/Clive Langer)
  3. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
  4. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (Top Of The Pops - 9 June 1988)

7" single #1[edit]

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (2010 digital remaster)
  2. "Trash" (Live At Irvine Meadows)

Notes: Although credited as being performed at Irvine Meadows, fans have pointed out that Morrissey did not perform at that venue in 1991, and that the live version of "Trash" is likely to have been recorded at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California on 1 June 1991.

7" single #2[edit]

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (2010 digital remaster)
  2. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (live at the Hollywood Bowl - 8 June 2007)

Reviews[edit]

Although Morrissey's debut "Suedehead" had received a positive review from the English music magazine NME, the follow-up received a cooler reaction. Alluding to the controversy that had arisen over Morrissey's "Bengali in Platforms", reviewer Steven Wells warned the singer to not "attract a Sham Army style of following and end up like Jimmy Pursey" and to "Think on, lad."

Praise for the single came in Q magazine in September 1992 when Chrissie Hynde (who would later record her own version of the song) said that the "lyric to Everyday Is Like Sunday is, to me, a masterful piece of prose" and Siobhan Fahey described it as her "all-time top song".[4] Ned Raggett of Allmusic wrote, "Street's orchestrations fit the melancholic surge of the music to a T, while Morrissey's portrait of a "coastal town they forgot to bomb" is evocative and given a bravura vocal."[1]

"There's no way the B-sides can achieve the same level as the main track, but each has their points," continues Raggett. "'Sister I'm a Poet'" is the most explicitly Smiths-like track, a quick band romp with a cryptic lyric. More of note is 'Disappointed,' which meshes a touch of 'How Soon Is Now?'-style tremolo guitar with an aggressive, shuddering drum punch. The wickedly funny lyric at once celebrates his rock icon status and pokes more than a few holes in it. 'Will Never Marry' is mostly a Street showcase of gently descending guitar and gripping strings, but Morrissey's lyric to an unknown letter writer is also worthy of note.[1]

Musicians[edit]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1991, 1992 (Festival Dates), 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 tours, and on his 2012 tour of Australia and New Zealand. In 2004 the song was played in a medley with the first verse of "Subway Train" by The New York Dolls.

Video[edit]

The video features clips from the film Carry on Abroad.

Billie Whitelaw appears in a supporting role as does Cheryl Murray and Lucette Henderson as a young fan.

The seaside town used as the location was Southend-on-Sea.

Release details[edit]

Country Record label Format Catalogue number Notes
UK HMV 7" vinyl POP1619
UK HMV 12" vinyl 12POP1619
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1619
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1619

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