Chris White Nearly 20 years ago, with Madchester at the height of its popular appeal, a band about as far removed from The Happy Mondays as it was possible to be briefly rivalled Bez, Shaun and friends as the new darlings of the independent music scene.
Wednesday, January 23, Harriet Wheeler, Where are you? We live in a world where pop stars come and go like the meaningless fluff they create. As with the seasons, their presence and art remain as a warm memory to anchor periods in our life, remembered during occasional flights of nostalgia.
Even rarer is the artist or group that remains on top for twenty or thirty years, constantly recording or touring enough to garner legions of fans from two or more generations. That type of status is reserved for legendary performers that become enshrined in various halls of fame and, often live the tabloid life that we mortals feed on like hungry sheep.
But, to me, it is for neither the one hit wonders nor the bloated legends that I pine for. For all the artists that have come, gone, or remain as super stars, none hold title to as large a portion of my soul as The Sundays do. It was in the early 90s that I first heard the voice of Harriet Wheeler, the haunting lyrics, and the jangling melodies that defined the Sundays.
While their style could be traced to predecessors like the Cocteau Twins or even the Smiths, it was the voice of Harriet Wheeler that was and remains unique. Were it not for college radio or some of the rare independent radio stations, many would have never heard the Sundays. While unique, their sound would never attract mass audiences.
That was never what they were about. While their lyrics were sometimes obscure and even panned by some critics as sophomoric, no one could ever forget the style, passion, and guts with which they were delivered.
Harriet remains one of a kind. And with such a gifted voice, a legion of dedicated fans, and the world firmly within her grasp, what did she ultimately decide to do? She and her husband David Gavurin, co-founders of the group, walked away to raise a family and live a quiet life away from touring and popular music.
What they leave in their wake is a worldwide group of loyal and adoring fans that remain just as true and passionate about their music as the first time it was heard.
Better yet, listen to their music. Their record, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic has never strayed far from my player for the last 17 years. It moves me as much today as it ever did.
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Harriet remains the exception. I fell in love with her completely. Her voice will remain with me forever. Harriet, wherever you are, I hope you are happy and realize the impact you have made.
Your voice is never far from my consciousness or my soul. These are the words I woke up with in my head this morning and inspired me with the "desire" to write this blog:The Sundays Reading, Writing And Arithmetic Aussie LP L Sold for USD on Tue, 13 Nov + Price guide for collectable Vinyl Records, CDs, Cassettes, Reel-to-reel tapes, 8-Track cartridges, MiniDiscs and more!
The Sundays secured a recording contract with Rough Trade Records. Their debut single was "Can't Be Sure".
Their first album, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, was released in , along with. The Sundays; Reading, Writing and Arithmetic; Here's Where The Story Ends Lyrics The Sundays – Here's Where The Story Ends.
24 Comments; General CommentIt's a great song and record.
She's an excellent singer. I know Harriet Wheeler's friend Tara Kooperman. The Sundays have been on hiatus since the early 90's. So it couldn't be about. He produced The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good, The Sundays Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, Ian McCulloch's Candleland.
These all sold rather well, particularly the first two which sold over a . From 1 –4 pm try some school yard games and practice "the 3 R's", reading, writing, and arithmetic. "Labor Day living history activities at Homestead are a great way enjoy the long weekend. There is something for every age and interest," said Superintendent Mark Engler.
England's the Sundays enjoyed several albums and some chart hits with their pleasant brand of coffeehouse rock. Most will probably remember the band for Harriet Wheeler's singing style, which combines wide-eyed wonder with free-spiritedness and sometimes incomprehensibility due to her thick English accent and high-pitched voice.