Walking on Sunshine

Katrina and the Waves were a British-American band active from 1981 to 1999. The band actually started in 1975 as The Waves, but never recorded any music and morphed into Mama’s Cookin,’ a pop cover band from England which featured American Katrina Leskanich as singer and keyboard player. Some more personnel changes led to the band renaming itself The Waves (again), then finally, in 1982, Katrina and the Waves.

“Walking on Sunshine” is the band’s most famous hit, and I seem to recall it would be quite at home in the disc jockey’s repertoire at a Manitoba social evening (please, please read my post on The Proclaimers’ “Sunshine on Leith” to learn more about that unique evening entertainment phenomenon).

While I don’t tend to focus on the earnings of particular songs or albums, an article from Wikipedia tells me the royalties on “Walking on Sunshine” from sales, airplay ad advertising use are estimated to have been USD 1 million per year from 2001 to 2010. That isn’t so surprising… the song is everywhere.

I’m not sure I knew it at the time, but only a Canadian label, Attic Records, picked up their first record, so the album Walking On Sunshine (1983) was released only in Canada. “Walking on Sunshine” and other songs from their first two releases were included as remixes, re-recorded or overdubbed songs on their first international release, Katrina and the Waves, in 1985 (which is the only vinyl album of theirs I have).

Today, as I drove around on errands on a very sunny, mild day (it got up to 4° C / 39° F), it was so warm in the car I turned the heat off and opened up the sunroof and, of course, cranked up the stereo. This song came into my mind, partly because of the weather and partly because while grocery shopping, I found and bought (for a super sale price), the 90% cacao chocolate that is the current favourite of a friend I was hanging out with, back when the song burst onto the scene over 35 years ago.

In the official music video, the London, England sky is grey and overcast, but Leskanich is undeterred, upbeat and excited in her summer duds. Her bandmates are looking glum, in overcoats, and hesitantly following her. Toward the end of the video, she has them smiling, primping and getting excited about taking the stage at a gig, where they figuratively walk on sunshine, in the music venue.

“I’m walking on sunshine, whoa
And don’t it feel good”

(from “Walking on Sunshine,” by Kimberley Rew)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the song from Katrina and the Waves’ YouTube channel (at the time of writing tonight the channel’s web address and video post’s notes are unavailable but you can still play the video):

Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.com.

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