Everyday Is Like Sunday

"Everyday Is Like Sunday" is the third track of Morrissey's debut solo album, Viva Hate, and the second single to be released by the artist. While the lyric was written by Morrissey, the song's composer was Stephen Street. The lyric is reportedly inspired by Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach,[1] about a group of people waiting for nuclear devastation in Melbourne, Australia. It reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart and remains one of his best-known songs.[2] "Everyday Is Like Sunday", as well as the single's B-sides "Disappointed" and "Will Never Marry", feature on the compilation album Bona Drag.

"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
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Single by Morrissey
from the album Viva Hate
Released31 May 1988
RecordedOctober–December 1987
GenreAlternative rock
Length3:33
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Stephen Street
Morrissey singles chronology
"Suedehead"
(1988)
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
(1988)
"The Last of the Famous International Playboys"
(1989)

"Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
(2009)

"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
(2010)

"Glamorous Glue"
(2011)
Music video
"Everyday Is Like Sunday" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Cover of 2010 re-issue
Cover of 2010 re-issue

The track has been covered by a number of other bands, it has also inspired the cult Canadian film Everyday Is Like Sunday. On 27 September 2010, the single was re-issued on CD and two 7-inch formats, including the unreleased "November the Second", an alternative mix of "November Spawned a Monster". This re-issue debuted at number 42 on the UK singles chart. It coincided with the 20th-anniversary re-issue of his 1990 compilation Bona Drag.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]

Although Morrissey's debut "Suedehead" had received a positive review from the English music magazine NME, the follow-up received a cooler reaction. Alluding to the controversy that had arisen over Morrissey's "Bengali in Platforms", reviewer Steven Wells warned the singer to not "attract a Sham Army style of following and end up like Jimmy Pursey" and to "Think on, lad."

Praise for the single came in Q magazine in September 1992 when Chrissie Hynde (who would later record her own version of the song) said that the "lyric to Everyday Is Like Sunday is, to me, a masterful piece of prose" and Siobhan Fahey described it as her "all-time top song".[4] Ned Raggett of AllMusic wrote, "Street's orchestrations fit the melancholic surge of the music to a T, while Morrissey's portrait of a "seaside town that they forgot to bomb" is evocative and given a bravura vocal."[3]

"There's no way the B-sides can achieve the same level as the main track, but each has their points," continues Raggett. "'Sister I'm a Poet'" is the most explicitly Smiths-like track, a quick band romp with a cryptic lyric. More of note is 'Disappointed,' which meshes a touch of 'How Soon Is Now?'-style tremolo guitar with an aggressive, shuddering drum punch. The wickedly funny lyric at once celebrates his rock icon status and pokes more than a few holes in it. 'Will Never Marry' is mostly a Street showcase of gently descending guitar and gripping strings, but Morrissey's lyric to an unknown letter writer is also worthy of note.[3]

Music videoEdit

The video features clips from the film Carry On Abroad. Billie Whitelaw appears in a supporting role as does Cheryl Murray and Lucette Henderson as a young fan. The seaside town used as the location was Southend-on-Sea.

Live performancesEdit

The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1991, 1992 (Festival Dates), 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 tours, and on his 2012 tour of Australia and New Zealand. In 2004 the song was played in a medley with the first verse of "Subway Train" by The New York Dolls.

Track listingsEdit

7-inch vinyl

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
  2. "Disappointed"

12-inch vinyl, compact disc and cassette

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
  2. "Sister I'm a Poet"
  3. "Disappointed"
  4. "Will Never Marry"

2010 re-issueEdit

Compact disc

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (2010 digital remaster)
  2. "November the Second"
  3. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
  4. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (Top of the Pops - 9 June 1988)

7-inch single 1

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (2010 digital remaster)
  2. "Trash" (Live at Irvine Meadows)
  • Although credited as being performed at Irvine Meadows, fans have pointed out that Morrissey did not perform at that venue in 1991, and that the live version of "Trash" is likely to have been recorded at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California on 1 June 1991.

7-inch single 2

  1. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (2010 digital remaster)
  2. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (live at the Hollywood Bowl - 8 June 2007)

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Release detailsEdit

Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK HMV 7-inch vinyl POP1619
UK HMV 12-inch vinyl 12POP1619
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1619
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1619

Cover versionsEdit

Many covers of the song have been made, including The Pretenders (on the Original Motion Picture soundtrack Boys on the Side), by 10,000 Maniacs (as a B-side to their single "Candy Everybody Wants"), the Armageddon Dildos (on their "Come Armageddon" maxi-single), Estonian 1990s pop group Mr. Lawrence and Mikel Erentxun (on his album Acrobatas). Colin Meloy of The Decemberists also covers the track on his solo album Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey. Dave Couse, former lead singer of A House, has performed this live with his later band The Impossible and alternative rock band Fate or Trouble, who released the song as their debut single. A mostly instrumental version (containing only the title lyric) was used in NFL Network's "When all you want is football" television ad campaign.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beasley, Corey (28 October 2010). "Bona Drag (20th Anniversary Edition)". Pop Matters. Pop Matters Media. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Morrissey UK chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Raggett, Ned. "Everyday Is Like Sunday Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 5 no. 26. 25 June 1988. p. 19. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Everyday Is Like Sunday". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  13. ^ "NFL Network - "Every Day Is Like Sunday"". Adforum. Maydream Inc. Retrieved 2 July 2016.