A Life of Sundays

Last updated
"A Life of Sundays"
Song by The Waterboys
from the album Room to Roam
Released1990
Length6:18
Label Chrysalis
Ensign
Songwriter(s) Mike Scott
Producer(s) Barry Beckett
Mike Scott

"A Life of Sundays" is a song by the Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released in 1990 as a track on their fifth studio album Room to Roam . It was written by Mike Scott and produced by Barry Beckett and Scott. [1] In the United States, the song reached No. 15 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remained on the chart for nine weeks. [2]

Contents

Describing the song on the official Waterboys website, Scott said: "Across its six minute span, "A Life of Sundays" features rock 'n' roll, blues, soul, African, psychedelia, punk or glam, Irish literature and no-nonsense trad." The song was recorded at Spiddal House, Spiddal, County Galway, Ireland in 1990. [3]

Reception

In a review of Room to Roam, Bruce Dessau of The Guardian commented: ""A Life of Sundays", with its talk of a "sense of wonder", harks back to both the original Celtic pop mystic Van Morrison and the love-stricken metaphysical poets." [4] Neil McKay of Sunday Life said of the album: "It's all quite enjoyable in its own way, but the record only comes alive when Scott unobtrusively assimilates the folk influences in outstanding songs like "A Life of Sundays"." [5] John Mulvey of Uncut described the song as an "ecstatic rocker". [6]

John Milward of The Philadelphia Inquirer commented: "It's the frantic edge of Steve Wickham's fiddle that puts the adrenaline into ruminative rockers such as "A Life of Sundays"." [7] Gene Armstrong of the Arizona Daily Star commented: "With its 5-minute length, rumbling rhythm section, squawking horn and riffing guitars, "A Life of Sundays" is the album's rock single, if in fact this band cares about such things anymore." [8] Brant Houston of the Hartford Courant described the song as "semi-psychedelic" and "solely The Waterboys" in its style. [9]

Musician described the song as a "college radio-ready rocker" which "devolves into a wonderfully unwieldy guitar frenzy". [10] Mike Curtin of The Post-Star wrote: "Only on the most fully developed material, notably "Further Up, Further In" and "A Life of Sundays," do Scott and company fulfill their promise of a satisfying synthesis of traditional and modern styles." [11] Eric McClary of the Reno Gazette-Journal said: "Unfortunately, only "A Life of Sundays" comes close to the visionary wanderings of the last Waterboys album, Fisherman's Blues ." [12]

Personnel

The Waterboys

Production

Charts

Chart (1990)Peak
position
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks [2] 15

Related Research Articles

The Waterboys Scottish-Irish folk rock band

The Waterboys are a British-Irish folk rock band formed in Edinburgh in 1983 by Scottish musician Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. Mike Scott has remained as the only constant member throughout the band's career. They have explored a number of different styles, but their music is mainly a mix of folk music with rock and roll. They dissolved in 1993 when Scott departed to pursue a solo career. The group reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and to tour worldwide. Scott emphasises a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that "To me there's no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions."

<i>Dream Harder</i> 1993 studio album by The Waterboys

Dream Harder (1993) is the sixth album by The Waterboys. Led as always by Scottish singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Mike Scott, the album features none of the earlier UK-based band members and instead finds Scott backed by American session musicians. It was the last Waterboys album before Scott spent seven years pursuing a formal solo career, with Bring 'Em All In (1995) and Still Burning (1997). The album reached position 171 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, surpassing the previous Waterboys album Room to Roam, in spite of a less-than-enthusiastic response from critics to the album's sound.

<i>This Is the Sea</i> 1985 studio album by The Waterboys

This Is the Sea is the third The Waterboys album, and the last of their "Big Music" albums. Considered by critics to be the finest album of their early rock-oriented sound, described as "epic" and "a defining moment", it was the first Waterboys album to enter the United Kingdom charts, peaking at number 37. Steve Wickham makes his Waterboys recording debut playing violin on 'The Pan Within' and subsequently joined the band, appearing on the video of "The Whole of the Moon". This Is the Sea is the last album with contributions from Karl Wallinger, who left the group to form his own band, World Party.

<i>Fishermans Blues</i> 1988 studio album by The Waterboys

Fisherman's Blues is a 1988 album by The Waterboys. The album marked a change in the band's sound, with them abandoning their earlier grandiose rock sound for a mixture of traditional Irish music, traditional Scottish music, country music, and rock and roll. Critics were divided on its release with some disappointed at the change of direction and others ranking it among The Waterboys' best work. The album was the Waterboys' best selling album, reaching a number 13 placing on the U.K. charts on release, and 76 on the Billboard 200.

Spiddal Village in Connacht, Ireland

Spiddal is a village on the shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland. It is 18 kilometres (11 mi) west of Galway city, on the R336 road. Spiddal is on the eastern side of the county's Gaeltacht and of the Connemara region. According to the 2016 census 35.3% of the population speak Irish on a daily basis outside the education system. It is a centre for tourism with a beach, harbour and shore fishing. The village is part of the civil parish of Moycullen.

Mike Scott (musician) Scottish songwriter and musician

Michael Scott is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. He is the founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of rock band The Waterboys. He has also produced two solo albums, Bring 'em All In and Still Burning. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist, and has played a large range of other instruments, including the bouzouki, drums, and Hammond organ on his albums. Scott is also a published writer, having released his autobiography, Adventures of a Waterboy, in 2012.

<i>Room to Roam</i> 1990 studio album by The Waterboys

Room to Roam is an album by The Waterboys; it continued the folk rock sound of 1988's Fisherman's Blues, but was less of a commercial success, reaching #180 on the Billboard Top 200 after its release in September 1990. Critical response continues to be mixed. Allmusic describes it both as "not quite as [musically] successful" as Fisherman's Blues, but also as a "Celtic rock classic". The front and back covers were designed by Simon Fowler based upon photography by Stefano Giovannini and Sean Jackson.

<i>Universal Hall</i> 2003 studio album by The Waterboys

Universal Hall is a 2003 album released by The Waterboys. It is named after the theatre and performance hall at the Findhorn Foundation, which is pictured on the album cover. The album shows much more influence from folk music than its predecessor, A Rock in the Weary Land. It is the first Waterboys album to feature Steve Wickham since Room to Roam, and therefore the first Waterboys album with all three core members of the post-reunion band.

Steve Wickham

Steve Wickham is an Irish musician. Originally from Marino, Dublin, but calling Sligo home, Wickham was a founding member of In Tua Nua and played violin on the classic U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday", as well as recordings by Elvis Costello, the Hothouse Flowers, Sinéad O'Connor, and World Party. He is a long-standing member of The Waterboys. Wickham plays both rock and roll and traditional Irish music, and has developed a rock music technique for violin he calls the "fuzz fiddle".

Fishermans Blues (song) 1988 single by The Waterboys

"Fisherman's Blues" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album of the same name. It was written by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham, and produced by Scott. The song reached No. 3 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, No. 13 in Ireland and No. 32 in the UK. A re-issue of the single in 1991 saw the song return to the Top 20 in Ireland, reaching No. 17.

And a Bang on the Ear

"And a Bang on the Ear" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the second single from their fourth studio album Fisherman's Blues. It was written by Mike Scott, and produced by John Dunford and Scott. The song reached No. 1 in the Republic of Ireland and No. 51 in the United Kingdom. The single's B-side, "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy", was recorded live at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow.

The Return of Pan 1993 single by The Waterboys

"The Return of Pan" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the lead single from their sixth studio album Dream Harder. It was written by Mike Scott, and produced by Scott and Bill Price. The song reached No. 24 in the UK and No. 10 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. A music video, directed by Jeff Stein, was filmed to promote the single.

<i>Book of Lightning</i> 2007 studio album by The Waterboys

Book of Lightning is the ninth studio album by The Waterboys, released on 2 April 2007 through W14/Universal Records. The album contains ten tracks, produced by Mike Scott and Philip Tennant, with musical contributions from Steve Wickham (fiddle), Richard Naiff (keyboards), Brady Blade (drums), Mark Smith (bass), Leo Abrahams, Jeremy Stacey (drums) plus long-time Waterboys alumni Roddy Lorimer (trumpet), Chris Bruce and Thighpaulsandra (keyboards). Book of Lightning was recorded in London with the exceptions of one song recorded in Vancouver with members of Canadian art-pop band Great Aunt Ida, and another in Scott's home studio.

Everybody Takes a Tumble 2007 single by The Waterboys

"Everybody Takes a Tumble" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the only single from their ninth studio album Book of Lightning. It was written by Mike Scott and Anthony Thistlethwaite, and produced by Scott and Phil Tennant.

<i>An Appointment with Mr Yeats</i> 2011 studio album by The Waterboys

An Appointment with Mr. Yeats is the tenth studio album by The Waterboys, released on 19 September 2011 through W14/Proper Records. The album contains 14 tracks, all of which are based upon the poetry of W.B. Yeats, a long term influence on lead-songwriter Mike Scott.

How Long Will I Love You? 1990 single by The Waterboys

"How Long Will I Love You?" is a song by folk-rock band The Waterboys from their fifth studio album, Room to Roam (1990). Written by Mike Scott, it was released as the album's lead single. The song was subsequently covered by English singer Ellie Goulding and released as the second single from her album Halcyon Days (2013). Goulding's version is included on the soundtrack to the 2013 film About Time, which also features a different cover by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney and Ben Coleman.

The Waterboys discography

Discography of releases by The Waterboys and Mike Scott.

"World Party" is a song by the Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released in 1988 as a track on their fourth studio album Fisherman's Blues. It was written by Mike Scott, Trevor Hutchinson and Karl Wallinger, and produced by Scott. In the United States, the song reached No. 19 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remained on the chart for six weeks. It also peaked at No. 48 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart.

<i>Good Luck, Seeker</i> 2020 studio album by The Waterboys

Good Luck, Seeker is the fourteenth studio album by The Waterboys, which was released by Cooking Vinyl on 21 August 2020.

References

  1. AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger. "Room to Roam - The Waterboys | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  2. 1 2 Billboard. "The Waterboys A Life Of Sundays Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  3. "The Waterboys". Mikescottwaterboys.com. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  4. Dessau, Bruce (14 September 1990). "Mike finds peace with his muse". The Guardian.
  5. McKay, Neil (21 October 1990). "Tracks of pure joy". Sunday Life.
  6. "The Waterboys - Room to Roam (Collectors Edition)". Uncut. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  7. Milward, John (16 November 1990). "The Waterboys adopt Ireland and its sounds for new album". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  8. Armstrong, Gene (2 November 1990). "Waterboys triumph in 'Room to Roam'". The Arizona Daily Star.
  9. Houston, Brant (25 October 1990). "Records: ZZ Top recycles classics from the past; diverse Midler LP". The Hartford Courant.
  10. "Musician - Google Books". 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  11. Curtin, Mike (28 October 1990). "Fall harvest yields bumper crop". The Post-Star.
  12. McClary, Eric (25 November 1990). "On the record". Reno Gazette-Journal.