Sunday Girl

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The fourth single from Blondie's Parallel Lines, "Sunday Girl" would become the second track to hit number one on the U.K. charts, following the worldwide success of "Heart of Glass," thereby qualifying the album as an certified smash and helping the group become the first new wave act to reach platinum status. The song is pure pop, a dulcet, charming throwback to the innocent sounds of the Beach Boys and uninhibited music of early rock, particularly that of girl vocal groups such as the Ronnettes and the Shangri-Las. Guitarist Chris Stein originally conceived the song as a Latin-flavored number but soon reworked the sound into a bubbling bounce of light plunking guitar and gentle cruising rhythms while the airy melody still contains a whiff of a Latin love song in the fluid, singsong cadence of Deborah Harry's phrasing. Her innocent little girl delivery provides the perfect vehicle for the song's sad-sweet swooning as she coyly croons, "I know a girl from a lonely street/Cold as ice cream but still as sweet/Dry your eyes Sunday girl/Hey I saw your guy with a different girl/Looks like he's in another world/Run and hide Sunday girl." A distinct retro feel takes hold in the song's infectious B-section, the beat switching to a stuttering rhythm supported by the mandatory handclaps on the double-tap snare drum accents that would be at home in a number of classic Brill Building-era songs. Harry drives the hook home with a silky soft harmonized vocal repeating, "Hurry up, hurry up and wait/I stay away all week and still I wait/I got the blues/Please come see what your lovin' means to me/Hurry up, hurry up and wait," with enough irresistibly endearing sweetness to melt the hearts of millions.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Parallel Lines 1978 Capitol 3:05
No Image 1981 Polygram
The Best of Blondie 1981 Chrysalis Records 3:04
Once More Into the Bleach 1988 Chrysalis Records 3:08
Blonde and Beyond 1993 Chrysalis Records 3:02
The Platinum Collection 1994 Chrysalis Records 3:12
Atomic: Remixes [CD #2] 1994 Chrysalis Records 3:06
The Remix Project 1995 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 0:00
Six Ways to Sunday 1999
Original Soundtrack
Will Records 3:10
Rockin' Poppin' Favourites 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:15
Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:02
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 3:01
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:02
Totally Number 1 Hits of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:14
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:02
The Rules of Attraction 2002
Original Soundtrack
Lionsgate 3:02
Singles Box 2004 Capitol / EMI Records / EMI Music Distribution 3:05
70s Mix 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:43
The Pick of the 70's 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:10
Housework Songs 2005
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:09
Sugar Rush 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:15
Best of Blondie [Japan] 2006 Toshiba EMI 3:04
Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision 2006 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 3:03
Forever Blondie 2007 Madacy 3:13
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Capitol 3:15
Margot at the Wedding 2007
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 3:14
Top of the Pops 1979 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:11
Desperately Seeking Susan: The Original Blondie Hits 2007 Chrysalis Records / Parlophone 3:14
The Collection 2008 EMI / EMD Int'l / EMI Gold 3:16
Playlist: Woman 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:03
This Is 1979 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:12
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:11
Blondie Singles Collection: 1977-1982 2009 EMI Music Distribution / Chrysalis Records / EMD Int'l
Songpack 2009 Chrysalis Records 3:01
Happy Songs [Virgin 2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:09
Essential 2011 Capitol / EMI / EMI Gold 3:15
CBGB [Original Soundtrack] 2013
Original Soundtrack
Omnivore 3:03
25 Years Of Chrysalis Music
Various Artists
Sony CMG
Atomic/Atomix EMI Digital / Parlophone 3:14
Sunday Girl Chrysalis Records / CM Chrysalis / EMI 3:01