Song 118: Blondie, “Sunday Girl” (1978)

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I just read something crazy: “Sunday Girl” wasn’t released as a single in the US. What! This is the singliest-sounding single in Blondie’s discography. More than “Heart of Glass,” more than “One Way or Another,” more than “The Tide Is High.” It’s so sweet it’ll rot your teeth.

I recently reviewed the new She & Him record, and I was pleasantly surprised that it’s an interesting album. One of its highlights is a cover of “Sunday Girl,” a song that serves Zooey Deschanel’s childlike persona without playing into her kookiness. And that’s the interesting thing about this song: it’s obviously very poppy, but it’s not cloying or irritating, even with one verse in French. Good work, Blondie.

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