As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to 33⅓ or 45!
It’s been almost a year since we heard rumblings that the long-absent English band The Sundays might be planning a return, but unfortunately nothing official has happened as of yet. I suppose the long delay shouldn’t surprise long-time fans like me– after all, it’s been almost eighteen years since the reclusive band’s last release (1997’s Static & Silence), and even that album took five years to make.
Husband and wife David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler have confirmed that they are working on new material, and I can only hope that one day we’ll get to hear some new Sundays music (and, hopefully, some live dates as well!). In the meantime, take a listen to the band’s 1989 debut single “Can’t Be Sure”– what a wonderful, wonderful pop song. The 12″ also contains the non-album track “Don’t Tell Your Mother,” a song that the band recorded and mixed during one quick studio session in 1988. See, they can work quickly when necessary!
Many artists have tried to emulate the ethereal beauty of The Sundays (I’m looking at you, Dolores O’Riordan), and most have failed. If Harriet and David simply need a little more time to make sure their new music lives up to the extremely high standard set by their first three albums, I will be more than happy to wait.
Note: The Sundays were the subject of one of my all-time favorite Analog Kid blog posts, first published back in November of 2013. Check it out if you’d like!
The Sundays: Can’t Be Sure [U.K. 12″]
Rough Trade Records, 1989
1. “Can’t Be Sure” (David Gavurin/Harriet Wheeler)
2. “I Kicked A Boy” (David Gavurin/Harriet Wheeler)
3. “”Don’t Tell Your Mother” (David Gavurin/Harriet Wheeler)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Sundays: “Cry” (David Gavurin/Harriet Wheeler)
From the album Static & Silence
Geffen Records, 1997
The Cranberries: “Sunday” (Dolores O’Riordan/Noel Hogan)
From the album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Island Records, 1993
Your blog is a musical treasure trove that constantly blows me away, but since I’ve always been an incredibly hard to please music lover I pick and choose very selectively from your vast vault. But every once in a while, I take a chance on songs I would otherwise skim right past, just to see if I get lucky. When I downloaded “Can’t Be Sure” for the hell of it months ago, I had no idea this unknown song would go into heavy rotation on my Ipod. Epiphany. That’s why your blog is the greatest thing since sliced bread or really good brownies. You bring to the masses unheard songs that they never knew they always loved. God bless you, sir.