Friday, May 11, 2012

Wild Horses

Today's Retro Friday post features the band The Sundays ... and in honor of the return of Triple Crown racing season, features the song "Wild Horses."

For some reason I really thought I had already done the band The Sundays, but for the life of me I cannot find any posts on them, so here we go!

The Sundays are one of my all time favorite bands from the 80s. The Sundays were an English alternative rock band. The band formed in the late 1980s and released three albums in the 1990s. The band began when singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin met at Bristol University. Wheeler had played gigs with 'Cruel Shoes' an early incarnation of the band Jim Jiminee. The duo soon formed The Sundays with bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan.

The Sundays secured their first recording contract with Rough Trade Records. Their debut single was "Can't Be Sure," and their first album, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic was released in 1990. This was followed by the release of their next single (one of my all time favorites) "Here's Where the Story Ends". Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic was a Top 5 hit in the United Kingdom.

With Rough Trade's financial troubles and the band's decision to manage themselves, The Sundays' next single, "Goodbye" was not released until 1992. Their next album, Blind arrived the same year, reaching the Top 15 in the United Kingdom. Their cover of The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" appeared on the US release of Blind and on the soundtrack for the popular television show, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". The band toured in support of these recordings. In 1997 their third album, Static & Silence dropped, followed by the release of their most successful single to date, "Summertime", which made the UK Top 15. The album itself reached the UK Top 10. However, the band has been on a lengthy hiatus since those releases, with Wheeler and Gavurin are now focusing on raising their two children.

The Sundays have such a great sound. Their music is very happy-go-lucky music to me, and it is always a mood lifter. Nothing like driving down the road with the windows down and The Sundays on the radio!

I know that "Wild Horses" is a cover of a Rolling Stones song, but there is something hauntingly beautiful about the way she sings it. I hope you enjoy both of these songs! Oh, and did I mention "Here's Where the Story Ends" is one of my favorite karaoke tunes?! Good times ...

"Wild Horse"


"Here's Where the Story End"

And here is a bonus "Wild Horses" track by my Charlotte Martin that I think you may like as well!



  1. Nice band with a relaxing sound. Really like them. Here's Where The Story Ends is very good tune of their first album. Actually i prefer "Goodbye" over "Wild Horses" from the Blind album.

  2. Interesting band. I've never heard of them before, but what's new :) I like them and your song selection. Thanks for introducing them to me.