Eddy Grant

Walking on Sunshine

Composed by Eddy Grant

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The song that titled the album that started Eddy Grant's rise to national prominence, "Walking on Sunshine" remains one of his best-loved songs, and over the years it has reappeared on several occasions, while remaining a firm live favorite. The original version, which kicked off the 1979 album of the same title, was a sublime blend of pounding beats, brash brass, and funky bass lines, with just a touch of synthi-dance thrown in for good measure. Self-composed, performed, and produced by Grant, the song was a seething hybrid that easily crossed from the rock world to urban dance clubs. In 1981, the artist included it in his set at London's Notting Hill Carnival, which was recorded for a film and double live album. There, abetted by his Frontline Orchestra, Grant turned "Sunshine" into a roaring funk monster, delivering up a potent soul vocal performance to accompany it. Later in the decade, the song was remixed by Tim Simenon, who fueled it with a jungle rhythm and further soul appeal, and brought "Sunshine" blazing back to the clubs, and, for the first time, into the U.K. chart. It eventually peaked at number 63, a respectable hit for a club song back in 1989.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Walking on Sunshine 1979 Ice Records
Live at Notting Hill 1981 Ice Records 7:20
No Image 1989 Parlophone 3:46
Rhythm Come Forward, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 2:59
The Best of Eddy Grant [Disky] 1996 Disky
1989: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:44
Greatest Hits [EMI] 1997 EMI Music Distribution 4:02
Hits From the Frontline 1999 Music Club Records 5:20
Greatest Hits Collection 2000 Castle Music Ltd. 3:44
The Best of Eddy Grant [Delta] 2001 EMI Music Distribution
Manchester's Weekend 2 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The Very Best of Eddy Grant: The Road to Reparation 2008 Universal International 5:18
Let's Dance/DJ's Collection of Dance Club Classics
Various Artists
Columbia 4:49
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