Where were you the first time you heard…

Remember the creepy song “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus that Buffalo Bill dances to in Silence of the Lambs? (Bet you didn’t know a woman sings that song?)

I was thinking about it the other day, but trying to remember a different song that a woman sang about horses. It was a cover of The Rolling Stones’s “Wild Horses” and was used in Buffy The Vampire Slayer back in the late 90’s. Do you remember that? I do!

So I went to YouTube to figure out who sang that version and discovered it was The Sundays. I didn’t know that!

And that got me to thinking about where I was the first time I ever heard a song by The Sundays. They were a late 80’s / early 90’s English alternative rock band that ended up releasing three albums before disbanding.

If you’ve never heard their version of “Wild Horses,” you might know their song Summertime. It was one of their later, and most popular, songs and the only one to land on the Billboard single charts in the U.S. The year was 1997.

I’d been living in Memphis for over two years by then, going to college and working at Party City. I loved shopping at Pier 1 Imports, and when a friend of mine told me they were building a new Pier 1 store near his work I went there and applied. I was hired and a love for obscure musac was born.

Pier 1 was known for its hip music played overhead, and not a week went by without someone asking what we were playing. This even led to Pier 1 eventually selling some of the music on CDs in the store. Two songs by The Sundays played in the store quite often. They were “Summertime” and Here’s Where The Story Ends.

I liked The Sundays because they kind of had a Cranberries vibe but also reminded me of 10,000 Maniacs. Most of their songs have a nice upbeat tempo but the lyrics even remind me of Paula Cole or Tracy Chapman.

Wow! I’ve named so many other musicians here that I want to go listen to now and catch up on, and think about where I was the first time I heard them. But for now, that’s where I was the first time I heard a song by The Sundays. Working retail and selling wicker back in the late 90’s.

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