See the Day

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"See the Day"
Single by Dee C. Lee
from the album Shrine
Released 21 October 1985
Format 7"
12"
Genre Pop, soul
Label CBS
Writer(s) Dee C. Lee
Producer(s) Brian Robson
Certification Silver - UK (200,000)
Dee C. Lee singles chronology
"Don't Do It Baby"
(1984)
"See the Day"
(1985)
"Come Hell or Waters High"
(1986)

"See the Day" was a 1985 single by Dee C. Lee. The single was released on 21 October 1985, and on 2 December it peaked at number 3 in the British singles chart where it stayed for two weeks. The single sold in excess of 250,000 copies, receiving a silver certification, and becoming Lee's greatest hit single (and her only UK top 40 hit to date). "See the Day" also charted in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.

The B-side of the single, The Paris Match, featured Paul Weller and his band The Style Council, of which Lee was a part-time member.

The song was covered by Girls Aloud in 2005, where it reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
A "See the Day"
B "The Paris Match"

12" single
A1 "See the Day"
A2 "The Paris Match"
B1 "Luck" [live version]
B2 "Don't Do It Baby" [remix]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 3
Dutch Singles Chart 36
German Singles Chart 36
Australian Singles Chart 28

Girls Aloud version[edit]

"See the Day"
Single by Girls Aloud
from the album Chemistry
B-side
  • "It's Magic"
  • "I Don't Really Hate You"
Released 19 December 2005
Format
Genre Pop
Length 4:04
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Dee C. Lee
Producer(s) Xenomania
Girls Aloud singles chronology
"Biology"
(2005)
"See the Day"
(2005)
"Whole Lotta History"
(2006)
Alternative cover
UK CD 2 cover
Audio sample
file info · help
Music video
"See the Day" on YouTube

In 2005, British all-female pop group Girls Aloud recorded a cover of "See the Day" for their third studio album Chemistry. Their version was produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. A contender for the Christmas number one, the single was released just four weeks after "Biology". The single became Girls Aloud's lowest charting single at that point, but continued their string of top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart and received extensive airplay.

The music video, which had the feel of a painting, featured Girls Aloud in the scenic landscape of a snow globe. "See the Day" was promoted through numerous live appearances and was featured on 2006's Chemistry Tour. Although the track was "given a glossy 21st century refurb," contemporary music critics criticized the song for its lack of creativity and similarities to Girls Aloud's 2004 cover of "I'll Stand by You". Cheryl Cole later said she hates "See the Day" and regrets releasing it.

Background and release[edit]

Much like Girls Aloud's 2004 cover of The Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You", Brian Higgins and Xenomania felt "See the Day" needed to stick closely to the original in terms of tone.[1] The song, described as "the obligatory Christmas ballad", was "given a glossy 21st century refurb."[2][3] Following "Jump" and the aforementioned "I'll Stand by You", "See the Day" was Girls Aloud's third and final cover version to be released at Christmas [1] apart from a year later when I Think We're Alone Now was released.

The song was released on 19 December 2005 as a contender for the Christmas number one of the year.[4][5] It was available on two CD single formats and as a digital download. The first disc included "It's Magic", an album track from Chemistry co-written by Girls Aloud and sung solely by Nicola Roberts.[6] The second CD format included a previously unreleased track entitled "I Don't Really Hate You", as well as a Chemistry album medley and the Soundhouse Masterblaster Mix of "See the Day".[7] The artwork of the second disc features Girls Aloud lying on the ground, positioned to create a snowflake.[1]

Cheryl Cole stated in January 2008 that the song was only put out because they were stuck for ballads. "I wish we hadn't released See The Day. I absolutely hate that track, I don't think it's us at all, it's really old fashioned."[8]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Girls Aloud's version of "See the Day" received generally negative reviews from contemporary music critics. The cover was largely slated for its lack of creativity and similarities to their 2004 cover of The Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You" (although some critics preferred it).[9][10] John Murphy of musicOMH stated that "See The Day should wipe away all memories of I'll Stand By You" and that while it's "not in the same league as the Girls' Xenomania compositions, but it's still by far the best cover version they've done."[11][12] Virgin Media said that "coming so hot on the heels of the still-charting Biology and taken from an album chock-full of corking tracks, it seems more than a little cynical."[9]

Girls Aloud won the Heart Award for "See the Day" at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch, an annual awards ceremony honouring songwriting and performance in aid of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.[13] Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, members of the band, attended the awards presentation ceremony.

Chart performance[edit]

"See the Day" became Girls Aloud's lowest charting single to date when it entered the UK Singles Chart at number nine, behind other new entries by Shayne Ward and Eminem at numbers one and five respectively.[14][15] The single fell just one position the following week, rounding out the top ten.[16] It swiftly fell down the charts, falling to number nineteen in its third week.[17] The song spent a total of just six weeks in the UK's top 75.[14][18] "See the Day" made Girls Aloud the first girl group to achieve eleven consecutive top ten singles. The song was also an airplay hit.[1] It was, however, less successful on the official UK Download Chart, where "See the Day" debuted at number 29.[19]

On 16 June 2006, Lucy Benjamin performed a version of "See the Day" on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars that was credited to Girls Aloud rather than Dee C. Lee.[20] Following the final and Benjamin's victory, the single briefly re-entered the top 200.

"See the Day" entered the Irish Singles Chart at number sixteen.[21] It fell to number seventeen the following week,[22] before rising to number fifteen in its third week.[23] "See the Day" reached its peak of number fourteen in its fourth week on the Irish Singles Chart.[24] The single spent eight weeks in Ireland's top fifty.[25]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "See the Day" was directed by Harvey & Carolyn, filmed one day after the video for "Biology".[1] The video starts with a stage curtain being drawn back, similar to the opening for the video for "Biology". The girls are revealed to be in a snowy realm wearing white dresses. Throughout the video, various close-up glamour shots are shown, as well as group shots of the girls standing in a line and sitting aronud a pond reflecting the night sky. At one point, the girls can seen within a snow globe, perched upon a human hand. The video ends with the girls seated around the pond, while the song title glitters in the sky. The curtain then closes.

The video can be found on the DVD release of 2006's Chemistry Tour, as well as 2007's Style DVD.

Live performances[edit]

Girls Aloud performed "See the Day" live for the first time at Children in Need's Great Big Bid. The band appeared on Blue Peter, CD:UK (twice), Hit40UK, Ministry of Mayhem, The Paul O'Grady Show, Today with Des and Mel, Top of the Pops, and Top of the Pops Reloaded. It was also featured on 2006's Chemistry Tour. As one of the group's least favourite singles, as well as one of the worst-performing, "See the Day" has rarely been performed live since its release.

Track listings and formats[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "See the Day".

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 9

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Robinson, Peter (2009). "See the Day". The Singles Boxset (Booklet). Girls Aloud. London, England: Fascination Records. p. 26-27. 
  2. ^ "Girls Aloud - Chemistry review". Virgin Media. Virgin Group. 2005-12-05. Retrieved 2009-02-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ Anna Britten (2005-12-09). "Girls Aloud - Chemistry". Yahoo! Music. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  4. ^ Adrian Thrills (2005-12-02). "A formula one pop act". This Is London. Evening Press. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  5. ^ "Hometown launch for X Factor song". BBC News. BBC. 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2009-02-28. Other contenders include See the Day by Girls Aloud... 
  6. ^ "Girls Aloud - See the Day (CD, Single)". Discogs. Zink Media Inc. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Girls Aloud - See the Day (CD, Maxi, Enh)". Discogs. Zink Media Inc. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  8. ^ Beverley Lyons and Laura Sutherland (2008-01-16). "Girls Aloud single was rubbish, admits singer". Daily Record. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  9. ^ a b "Girls Aloud - See The Day review". Virgin media. Virgin Group. 2005-12-19. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  10. ^ Peter Robinson (2005-11-09). "Let's get 'physics'-al: It's the new Girls Aloud album!". Popjustice. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  11. ^ "Girls Aloud - Chemistry (Polydor)". musicOMH. 2005-11-02. Retrieved 2010-08-26. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Girls Aloud - See the Day (Polydor)". musicOMH. 2005-12-06. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  13. ^ "Osbournes win Silver Clef honour". BBC News. BBC. 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  14. ^ a b "Girls Aloud". The Official UK Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  15. ^ "X Factor star in festive top spot". BBC News. BBC. 2005-12-25. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  16. ^ "Archive Chart - 7th January 2005". Official UK Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  17. ^ "Archive Chart - 14th January 2005". Official UK Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  18. ^ "See the Day". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  19. ^ "Madonna on top for seventh week". CBBC Newsround. BBC. 2005-12-14. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  20. ^ a b "Soap star wins celebrity X Factor". BBC News. BBC. 2006-06-06. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  21. ^ "Top 50 singles, week ending 22 December 2005". Irish Singles Chart. GfK. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  22. ^ "Top 50 singles, week ending 29 December 2005". Irish Singles Chart. GfK. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  23. ^ "Top 50 singles, week ending 5 January 2006". Irish Singles Chart. GfK. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  24. ^ "Top 50 singles, week ending 12 January 2006". Irish Singles Chart. GfK. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  25. ^ "See the Day". aCharts.us. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  26. ^ "Chart Track: Week 2, 2006". Irish Singles Chart.
  27. ^ "Archive Chart: 2005-12-31" UK Singles Chart.

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