Monday, May 6, 2013

#393: The Sundays-Here's Where The Story Ends (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Here's Where The Story Ends"
Artist: The Sundays
Release Date: January, 1990
From the Album: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (1990)

Quick Take: England's the Sundays enjoyed several albums and some chart hits with their pleasant brand of coffeehouse rock. Most will probably remember the band for Harriet Wheeler's singing style, which combines wide-eyed wonder with free-spiritedness and sometimes incomprehensibility due to her thick English accent and high-pitched voice. Perhaps their most popular radio hit was 1989's "Here's Where the Story Ends," a contemplative song camouflaged in a mid-tempo, alternative pop package. The lyrics, which are somewhat indecipherable, effectively document an idealist's view of the world, which, in this song, reveals an apathetic and cynical society. The verse "People I know places I go/make me feel tongue tied/I can see how people look down/They're on the inside" illustrates the Sundays' viewpoint. Also, another theme, the stages of processing a life event, is smartly chronicled in the lyrics. For instance, a "terrible year" is later described as "colorful." Elsewhere, the line "Oh I never should have said the books that you read/were all I loved you for" transforms into "And who ever would've thought the books that you brought/were all I loved you for?" "Here's Where the Story Ends" continues to be heard on modern rock, college, and alternative radio stations. The song, ironically, was mostly appreciated for its music and Wheeler's pleasing voice. Listeners did not, however, catch onto the clever wordplay by Wheeler and David Gavurin (guitars), which was often the case with the Sundays because of the singer's "challenging" vocal delivery. Likeable attribute or frustrating characteristic? It all depends on who you ask.
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