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"Sunday Girl" is a 1978 song written and recorded by the American group Blondie. The track was a #1 hit in the United Kingdom for three weeks in May 1979 as well as a #1 hit in Australia, but despite this was not released as a single in the United States.

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Song information[edit]Edit

The song was written by Chris Stein and was the fourth single to be taken from the album, Parallel Lines, in the UK and most other parts of the world. The single had an unusual release in Australia, with some dispute among fans as to whether it reached #1 there or failed to chart. This is because of its initial release as the lead single from Parallel Lines, due to its being reminiscent of "In The Flesh", Blondie's first hit in Australia.[1] "Sunday Girl" failed to chart, however, and was later re-released as a double A-Side with "Heart of Glass", on the back of its UK success. As a result, it was eclipsed by the disco track, and is rarely recognised as having charted in its own right.

Like Blondie's earlier single, "Hanging on the Telephone", the drumming pattern of "Sunday Girl" employs a double backbeat rhythm.[2]

A French-language version of the track was released in the UK on the "Sunday Girl" 12" single; in France and the Netherlands, it was the B-side of the 7". It also appears on the cassette release of Eat To The Beat. For Blondie's first greatest hits album The Best of Blondie in 1981, producer Mike Chapman created a special mix which incorporated one verse sung in French. The bilingual version appears on the 2002 compilation Greatest Hits.

In 2010 a remake of this song was made by the English performer Florrie. It had slightly different lyrics and was used for a Nina Ricci perfume commercial. The song was covered in 2013 by the band She & Him on the album Volume 3.

In 2013 Blondie themselves re-recorded the song and offered it to be included in the CBGB's film soundtrack.[3]

Track listing[edit]Edit

UK 7" (CHS 2320)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sunday Girl"   Chris Stein 3:01
2. "I Know But I Don't Know"   Frank Infante 3:53
UK 12" (CHS 12 2320)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sunday Girl"   Chris Stein 3:01
2. "Sunday Girl (French Version)"   Chris Stein 3:01
3. "I Know But I Don't Know"   Frank Infante 3:53

Chart peaks[edit]Edit

Chart (1978-1979) Peak

Position

Australia (Kent Music Report) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 23
France (SNEP)[6] 40
Germany (Media Control AG)[7] 6
Irish Singles Chart[8] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 22
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[10] 13
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 18
South African Chart[13] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
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