Everyday Is Like Sunday Morrissey
Song Title: Everyday Is Like Sunday
Date of release: 31st of May 1988
Description: ” Everyday Is Like Sunday ” is by Morrissey ( Steven Patrick Morrissey ), the English singer, songwriter and author. Morrissey rose to fame as the lead singer of The Smiths, the British indie rock band, who were active between 1982 and 1987.
Since the band disbanded, Morrissey has had a successful solo career, with ten singles reaching the UK Singles Chart top ten. The quintessentially English singer is an advocate on animal welfare and animal rights. He has been a vegetarian since he was 11 years old, once saying of his vegetarian lifestyle ” if you love animals, obviously it doesn’t make sense to hurt them. ”
” Everyday Is Like Sunday ” was written by Stephen Street ( who produced the song ) and Morrissey. Stephen is an English music producer. He is best known for working with The Smiths, The Cranberries and Blur. He has also worked with Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles and The Courteeners.
The song was released on the 31st of May 1988 by record label HMV ( Hilco UK ) and taken as the third song from Morrissey’s debut solo Album Viva Hate.
The Album, released on the 14th of March 1988, received critical acclaim. The Album was listed by British music magazine Q as one of the top 50 Albums of 1988 and was included in the musical reference book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Viva Hate was released six months after Strangeways, Here We Come, the last album by The Smiths.
” Everyday Is Like Sunday ” was inspired by the British seaside towns that are deserted out of season, something Morrissey found particularly depressing. Many of the British seaside tourist destinations become almost ghost towns off-season, especially when the weather is dull and on a Sunday when many of the shops close. Morrissey uses this as a metaphor for life itself, the eternal boredom that it brings.
According to EverythingAberystwyth.co.uk one town in particular was the inspiration, a fishing village called Borth. The village is situated 7 miles north of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales. The holiday resort has a sandy beach, caravan and camping sites as well as a youth hostel. In 2011 the population was recorded at 1,399.
However some say that Morrissey was inspired to pen the song after reading On the Beach, a post-apocalyptic novel by Nevil Shute. In the novel, published in 1957, people in Melbourne, Australia, await the arrival of radiation that is spreading across the Northern Hemisphere after a nuclear war.
The accompanying music video was not filmed in Borth but in the seaside resort of Southend-On-Sea in Essex, England. The resort more commonly known as just Southend. Originally just a few fisherman huts, it became a popular resort after a visit by Princess Caroline of Brunswick, who was the wife of King George IV. Southend-On-Sea has the longest leisure pier in the World.
The video was directed by Tim Broad, who was a British film director. He directed music videos for The Smiths, Mike + The Mechanics and The Jesus And Mary Chain. Tim died in 1993 at the age of 38 from an HIV-related illness.
The video features Billie Whitelaw, best known for playing Mrs Baylock, the demonic nanny in the 1976 horror film The Omen. Lucette Henderson plays the young fan,she was a winner of a competition to appear in the video held in a fanzine for The Smiths.
Also appearing in the video was Cheryl Murray, the English actress. She is best known to fans of British soap opera Coronation Street for the role of Suzie Birchall, which she played for two years between 1977 to 1979 and again in 1983.
” Everyday Is Like Sunday ” was a commercial success for Morrissey. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 11th of June 1988 and reached a peak of number 9. It spent 1 week in the top ten and a total of 6 weeks on the UK chart. The song also charted in Ireland,Netherlands, France and New Zealand.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 9
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 3, France 43, Netherlands 76, New Zealand 18
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