Exclusively for Record Store Day (April 23, 2022), Blondie, one of the most influential bands to emerge from New York’s punk scene, will release a limited edition EP featuring one of their most famous, endearing, and successful singles – “Sunday Girl.”
Taken from the band’s multi-million-selling album Parallel Lines, “Sunday Girl” was originally released in 1979 and was the follow-up single to the band’s number one hit single, “Heart of Glass,” and was a UK number one and a top 10 hit around Europe.
“Exactly why the song became Sunday Girl, I am not sure, other than Chris and I had a silly kitty named Sunday Man. Also, I was born on a Sunday…,” reminisces Debbie Harry about the song.
The bespoke Record Store Day release will include a deluxe two-disc, four-track 7″ set on red and yellow vinyl, set inside a stunning gatefold sleeve featuring rare photos from the period. Disc one (red) features the original single plus the French version. Disc two (yellow) features two previously unreleased tracks – a demo from 1978 and a live version recorded at the Paramount Theatre, Portland, in January 1979.
Clem Burke explains: “By the time we got into the studio to record ‘Sunday Girl,’ it had evolved from the original demo into our somewhat minimalist take on the girl group sound of the sixties. My drums at the top of the song being inspired by Hal Blaine’s playing on The Ronettes Be My Baby. It is pure ‘power-pop!'”
The success of these two singles pushed the Parallel Lines album to number one in the UK, several months after its initial release, and helped Blondie become the first New-Wave act to reach platinum status. The album went on to become their commercial breakthrough in the US, making the Billboard Top 10 for the first time and becoming one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 albums of 1979. It was also the UK’s biggest selling album of the year. Since its initial release, it continues to be universally celebrated as one of the greatest albums of all time. It has been included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, NME’s 100 Best Albums of All Time, and 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time, Channel 4’s list of the 100 greatest albums of all time and Pitchfork’s list of the best albums from the 1970s to name but a few.
Tracklisting for the Sunday Girl Record Store Day Release:
Sunday Girl (original single)
Sunday Girl (French version)
Sunday Girl (demo) Previously unreleased
Sunday Girl (live) Previously unreleased
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