Thursday, 15 December 2011

Blondie: Sunday Girl (1979)

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"Sunday Girl" was the hit UK number-one single by Blondie, it remained in the No 1 position for three weeks in May 1979. It was Blondie's second UK number-one single after "Heart of Glass"; it was, however, never released as a single in the US.

The song was written by Chris Stein and was the fourth single to be taken from the album Parallel Lines in the UK and most other parts of the world. The French language version of the track was first released in the UK on the "Sunday Girl" 12" single; in France and the Netherlands, it was the B-side of the 7". For Blondie's first greatest hits album The Best of Blondie in 1981, producer Mike Chapman created a special mix which incorporated one verse sung in French. The bilingual version appears on the 2002 compilation Greatest Hits.
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The single had an unusual release in Australia, with some dispute among fans as to whether it reached No1 there or failed to chart. This is because of its initial release as the lead single from Parallel Lines, due to its being reminiscent of "In The Flesh", Blondie's first hit in Australia. "Sunday Girl" failed to chart, however, and was later re-released as a double A-Side with "Heart of Glass", on the back of its UK success. As a result, it was eclipsed by the disco track, and is rarely recognised as having charted in its own right.

Preceded by
"Bright Eyes" by Art Garfunkel
UK Number One Single
26 May 1979 - 9 June 1979
Succeeded by
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward

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