Sunday Girl

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"Sunday Girl"
Blondie sundaygirl.jpg
Single cover
Single by Blondie
from the album Parallel Lines
B-side "I Know But I Don't Know"
Released May 1979
Format
Recorded Record Plant, New York City June/July 1978
Genre Power pop[1]
Length 3:05
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Songwriter(s) Chris Stein
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"Heart of Glass"
(1979)
"Sunday Girl"
(1979)
"One Way or Another"
(1979)

"Heart of Glass"
(1979)
"Sunday Girl"
(1979)
"One Way or Another"
(1979)
Audio sample
Music video
"Sunday Girl" (TopPop, 1978) on YouTube

"Sunday Girl" is a 1978 song written and recorded by the American group Blondie. The track was a no. 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in May 1979,[2] but despite this was not released as a single in the United States.

Song information[edit]

The song was written by Chris Stein and was the fourth single to be taken from the album, Parallel Lines, in the UK and most other parts of the world. The single had an unusual release in Australia, with some dispute among fans as to whether it reached no. 1 there or failed to chart. This is because of its initial release as the lead single from Parallel Lines, due to its being reminiscent of "In The Flesh", Blondie's first hit in Australia. "Sunday Girl" failed to chart, however, and was later re-released as a double A-side with "Heart of Glass", on the back of its UK success. As a result, it was eclipsed by the disco track, and is rarely recognised as having charted in its own right.

Like Blondie's earlier single, "Hanging on the Telephone", the drumming pattern of "Sunday Girl" employs a double backbeat rhythm.[3]

A French-language version of the track was released in the UK on the "Sunday Girl" 12" single; in France and the Netherlands, it was the B-side of the 7". It also appears on the cassette release of Eat to the Beat. For Blondie's first greatest hits album The Best of Blondie in 1981, producer Mike Chapman created a special mix which incorporated one verse sung in French. The bilingual version appears on the 2002 compilation Greatest Hits.

The shoegazing band Lush performed the French version of this song for their 1994 Black Sessions. In 2010 a remake of this song was made by the English performer Florrie. It had slightly different lyrics and was used for a Nina Ricci perfume commercial. The song was covered in 2013 by the band She & Him on the album Volume 3.

In 2013 Blondie themselves re-recorded the song and offered it to be included in the CBGB's film soundtrack.[4] This version was included on their 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever which included their 10th studio album Ghosts of Download and marked the 40th anniversary of the forming of the band.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" (CHS 2320)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sunday Girl"Chris Stein3:01
2."I Know But I Don't Know"Frank Infante3:53
UK 12" (CHS 12 2320)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sunday Girl"Chris Stein3:01
2."Sunday Girl (French Version)"Chris Stein3:01
3."I Know But I Don't Know"Frank Infante3:53

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cateforis 2011, pp. 139, 141.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 368. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Cateforis 2011, pp. 140–141.
  4. ^ "CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blondie – Sunday Girl" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Sunday Girl" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Blondie – Sunday Girl". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sunday Girl". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie - Sunday Girl" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blondie – Sunday Girl" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Blondie – Sunday Girl". VG-lista. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blondie – Sunday Girl". Singles Top 100. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  14. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (B)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Blondie – Sunday Girl". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  17. ^ "Chart Archive – 1970s Singles". everyHit.com. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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