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The Sundays


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London, United Kingdom (1988 – 1997)

The Sundays were an influential group of the late 19 and 19, formed in 1988 and hailing from London, United Kingdom. Singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin formed the band in college at , soon adding bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan. Comparisons were drawn with original label-mates The Smiths, and bands such as Cocteau Twins, and 10,000 Maniacs.

Their level of commercial success was almost unprecedented by an indie act when their first album ‘Reading Writing and Arithmetic’ (, 1989) debuted in the British charts at number 4, (even cracking the US Top 40) with little publicity and almost a year after the legendary single and John Peel fave ‘Can’t Be Sure’ peaked at number 45. This now seminal album also featured the single “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (more recently covered by ‘Tin Tin Out’) and other classic tunes ‘Skin & Bones’, ‘Hideous Towns’ and ‘I Kicked A Boy’.

A US tour and a (soon to become infamous) “break” preceded follow-up album ‘Blind’ (1992) for which sky-high critical expectations couldn’t be met, though single ‘Goodbye’ fared well reaching number 27.
It was a long wait before third and most recent album ‘Static and Silence’ (, 1997) was released, followed by a 3-date UK, and 14-date U.S tour. Single ”Summertime” (their most successful hit to date on the UK charts) was taken from this album, and garnered airplay in most parts of the world, although the follow-up “Cry” didn’t fare quite as well.


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