Have a Nice Day (Stereophonics song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Have a Nice Day"
Single by Stereophonics
from the album Just Enough Education to Perform
Released 11 June 2001 (2001-06-11)
Format
Recorded 2001
Genre Post-Britpop, Alternative rock
Length 3:25
Label V2 Records
Writer(s) Kelly Jones
Producer(s) Bird & Bush
Certification Silver (BPI)
Stereophonics singles chronology
"Mr. Writer"
(2001)
"Have a Nice Day"
(2001)
"Step on My Old Size Nines"
(2001)
Music video
"Have a Nice Day" on YouTube
Music sample

"Have a Nice Day" is the second single from rock band the Stereophonics taken from the their third album Just Enough Education to Perform. Produced by Steve Bush and Marshall Bird, it was released on 11 June 2001. The single reached number five in the UK charts.

Background and release[edit]

The lyrics for "Have a Nice Day" are based on a cab fare Stereophonics took in San Francisco Bay when they were touring in the United States.[1] When the band got in the back of the cab the driver said to them, "I hate this place, it's full of tourists and processed fish".[1] He explained to the trio that he was a poet who believes everyone in the world are alike; the only difference is the accents.[1] At the end of the journey the driver ended the conversation with: "That'll be seven bucks, have a nice day".[1] After the cab journey[2] lead singer and guitarist Kelly Jones took the conversation and placed it into the lyrics.[1]

Jones later put the words and music together on October 1999 in a hotel in Europe.[2] The song was first released on Just Enough Education to Perform on 17 April 2001.[3] It was later released as the album's second single on 11 June 2001.[4] The song was also included in the band's first greatest hits compilation album, Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Have a Nice Day" received negative reviews from music critics. When reviewing the album, John Dark from Drowned in Sound said it "has more sap than a Vermont maple." He was also critical of the song's narrative structure and signature line: "ba-ba-ba's".[5] NME summarised the song as a "beige smudge of a song".[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Have a Nice Day" debuted at number five in the UK Charts, making it the band's fifth single to chart in the top 5 and it remained in the charts for nine weeks.[7] After thirteen years the BPI awarded the song with a silver certification.[8] On the Irish Singles Chart the single peaked at number five and remained in the charts for eleven weeks.[9] In New Zealand the single debuted at number forty-two on 5 August 2001 before reaching number thirty-seven the following week and remained in the chart for four weeks.[10] The song appeared in the Dutch Top 40 charts on 16 June 2001 at number ninety-five, it ascended to number eighty-seven for the next two weeks until it reached its peak position at number eighty-four.[11] It remained in the charts for the next six weeks until it dropped out.[11] In the United States, "Have a Nice Day" is the only Stereophonics single to chart on the Adult Top 40, peaking at number twenty-six.[12]

Appearances in media[edit]

"Have a Nice Day" was briefly used in Dawn of the Dead, in an episode of The Naked Chef and in a Season 1 episode of Veronica Mars. It was also included in the 2002 Roswell TV soundtrack.[13]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kelly Jones (except "Heart of Gold")[14][15]

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Stereophonics (2008). Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics (DVD). Fontana Entertainment. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Just Enough Education to Perform (liner notes). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 2001. 
  3. ^ "Just Enough Education to Perform by Stereophonics". iTunes. Apple Inc. 17 April 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Have a Nice Day". The Stereophonics Ltd. 11 June 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Dark, John (17 April 2001). "Stereophonics, Just Enough Education to Perform". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stereophonics : Have a nice day". NME. 29 May 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "2001 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive, 23rd June 2001". Official Charts Company. 16 June 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Certified Awards - Search by parameters". BPI. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  Note: "Have a Nice Day" has to be searched manually.
  9. ^ a b "Search the charts". The Irish Charts. 14 June 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2013.  Note: "Have a Nice Day" has to be searched manually in the 'Search by Song Title' parameter.
  10. ^ a b "STEREOPHONICS - HAVE A NICE DAY (SONG)". Charts.org.nz. 5 August 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "STEREOPHONICS - HAVE A NICE DAY (NUMMER)". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). GfK. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Billboard Singles". Billboard. Allmusic. 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2001. 
  13. ^ "Have A Nice Day by Stereophonics". Songfacts. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Have a Nice Day (CD liner notes). Stereophonics. United Kingdom: V2 Records. 2001. VVR5016243. 
  15. ^ a b Have a Nice Day (CD liner notes). Stereophonics. United Kingdom: V2 Records. 2001. VVR5016248. 
  16. ^ "STEREOPHONICS". Official Charts Company. 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

External links[edit]