Everyday Is Like Sunday

Composed by Morrissey / Stephen Street

Song Review by

It is, Morrissey has mused, one of life's great mysteries why so many people have covered "Everyday Is Like Sunday", without ever quite understanding what the song is really about. Not that he has ever been at all forthcoming on the subject, but among the many guesses hazarded in that direction, the comparison between a British seaside town in the winter, closed apart from a few hardy beachwalkers, and the absence of life following a nuclear disaster, is at least borne out by a superficial reading of the lyric.

As for the song's grip upon everybody who hears it, of course, there really is no mystery there. Quite simply, it is one of the loveliest songs Morrissey (with producer Stephen Street ever wrote, a lushly orchestrated, deeply melodic and stirringly arranged piece, its very chord sequence drenched in nostalgia for a lost world - for British viewers of a certain age, the accompanying video is riddled with reference points to the late-season holidays of their own youths. The mood that the song conjures, however, is clearly universal - Americans Chrissie Hynde and Natalie Merchant are numbered among the song's admirers, with the latter's interpretation less-than-kindly immortalized in the Morrissey b-side "Have A Go Merchant".

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Viva Hate 1988 Sire 3:36
Everyday Is Like Sunday 1988 EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Hulmerist 1990 Warner Reprise Video / Warner Bros. 0:00
Bona Drag 1990 Sire 3:33
Never Mind the Main Stream: The Best of MTV's 120 Minutes, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
No Image 1992 Parlophone
Lost Property 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
The Best of Morrissey: Suedehead 1997 EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 12 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Double Shot: Pop Alternative 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:33
The CD Singles, Vol. 1: 1988-1991 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:36
!Oye Esteban! [DVD] 2000 Warner Bros. 3:42
The Best of Morrissey 2001 Rhino 3:32
Greatest Hits 2008 Universal Distribution 3:31
Playlist: Alternative 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
101 Indie Classics 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Massive Hits! Eighties
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:36