The Second British Invasion Music Series — The Brit Box, Disc 1, Track 19, “Here’s Where the Story Ends,” by The Sundays

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The SUNDAYS

Here we are, at the last track of the first disc of the 4-disc series. I’m very happy at how good these tunes are and how well-liked they’ve been so far. Hoping discs 2-4 carry on in similar fashion.

Tidbits:

The Sundays (stylized as The SUNDAYS on all releases) were an English alternative rock band. The band formed in the late 1980s and released three albums in the 1990s.

The band’s beginnings came with the meeting of singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin while attending Bristol University. Wheeler had played gigs with Cruel Shoes, an early incarnation of the band Jim Jiminee. The duo soon augmented the band with bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan.

Can’t Be Sure,” the Sundays’ first single, appeared in January of 1989 and entered the U.K. charts at number 45. The group took a year to record its first album, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. It was released in 1990 along with their single and the 2nd track on the album, “Here’s Where the Story Ends”. The album title includes a reference to the band’s hometown, Reading, Berkshire. It has been categorized as jangle pop.

It was released to very positive critical notices and unexpectedly entered the U.K. charts at number four. Upon its American release later in the year, the album became a modern rock hit, peaking at number 39. Its success in the U.S. was largely due to heavy radio and MTV airplay for the single “Here’s Where the Story Ends.” The single wound up topping the modern rock charts in America.

The Sundays’ next single, “Goodbye”, did not emerge until 1992.

Their next album, Blind, arrived the same year, reaching the UK Top 15. The single “Love” reached number 2 on the US Modern Rock charts. After watching the bonus video at the end of this post, I learned that they did a cover of The Rolling Stones’, “Wild Horses,” so I went out and found it.  Not bad!  The band toured in support of these recordings. Their third and final album, Static and Silence, was released in 1997. Singles from it were “Summertime” and “Cry.”

Sources:
Wikipedia
Stephen Erlewine at allmusic

People I know, places I go
Make me feel tongue tied
I can see how, people look down
They’re on the inside

Here’s where the story ends

People I see, weary of me
Showing my good side
I can see how, people look down
I’m on the outside

Here’s, where the story ends
Ooh here’s, where the story ends

It’s that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore
Oh I never should have said, the books that you read
Were all I loved you for
It’s that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes me wonder why
And it’s the memories of the shed, that make me turn red
Surprise, surprise, surprise

Crazy I know, places I go
Make me feel so tired
I can see how people look down
I’m on the outside

Here’s, where the story ends
Ooh here’s, where the story ends

It’s that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore
And who ever would’ve thought, the books that you brought
Were all I loved you for
Oh the devil in me said, go down to the shed
I know where I belong
But the only thing I ever really wanted to say
Was wrong, was wrong, was wrong

It’s that little souvenir, of a colorful year
Which makes me smile inside
So I cynically, cynically say, the world is that way
Surprise, surprise, surprise, surprise, surprise

Here’s, where the story ends
Ooh here’s, where the story ends
Songwriters: David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler

BONUS VIDEO:  good general information on the group is in the video

14 Comments Add yours

  1. I can’t say that I remember hearing this band, although the lead singer really has a pretty voice. Hope your week is going well, Lisa! 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes she does, and glad you enjoyed the music. The week is going real well so far. Thank you for asking, Lisa. How about your week?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. One of the best weeks I’ve had so far this year, thanks! 🌞

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  2. memadtwo says:

    This is another song that seems to pop up all the time. (K)

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  3. Pretty pleasant tune by yet another British band I had never heard of before. That being said, Harriet Wheeler’s voice seems vaguely familiar, but she probably sounds similar to another female singer. Their cover of “Wild Horses” isn’t bad either!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for listening and glad you like the Wild Horses cover.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Another good one…that cd set is great…I wasn’t expecting music like this…it’s basically a power pop set.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Just right for you, Max. Glad you are enjoying it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Yea I’m going back through your postings and nicking one for a post lol.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Dave says:

    A great song… and great CD actually, The Sundays debut. I should think about getting it again. Funny thing about this one is that I always really liked the song but somehow, didn’t know who it was for a few years… I’d hear it in passing on radio and quite often in stores but never found out who it was. When I did learn, I got the CD and was quite pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dave, through this series you have been the most familiar with them. I appreciate hearing your personal connection with them.

      Like

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