The Hump Day Picker-Upper

Cheering you up for a dreadful Wednesday, one song at a time

For those of us taking care of business during the regular work week, I guess it’s safe to assume we’ve all felt that dreadful Wednesday blues. Sometimes, that middle point of the work week can be a true drag. But help is on the way!

My pick for today is Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. The British-American new wave band’s song is such an upbeat tune. I’ve loved it right away when I heard it first in 1985.

Written by the band’s guitarist Kimberley Rew, Walking on Sunshine was first recorded as the title track of their second album from December 1983, the first to appear under the name Katrina and the Waves. The group’s debut album Shock Horror!, released earlier that year, was credited to The Waves.

The song (and the album for that matter) were overlooked in 1983. But things changed when the tune was re-recorded for the band’s self-titled fourth album from March 1985 (or third, if you don’t count The Waves), their first major label release.

That version of Walking on Sunshine not only put Katrina and the Waves on the map but also became their biggest hit, climbing to no. 8 in the UK and no. 9 in the U.S. Elsewhere it enjoyed significant chart success as well, hitting no. 3 and no. 4 in Canada and Australia, respectively, and charting within the top 30 in various other European countries.

Lead vocalist Katrina Leskanich left the group in 1998 to launch a solo career, and they disbanded the following year.

Happy Hump Day, and always remember the words of the wise George Harrison: All things must pass!

Sources: Wikipedia; YouTube