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What is "Slow Sunday"

It's a concept that me & a friend had some years ago.

Sunday nights are made for slow songs, sad songs, songs about regret, lost loves, lost chances.

You listen to them in that come-down-feeling after the weekend,

knowing that ahead of you is just another week of work, school, life........

Slow Sunday


David Gates - Suite: Clouds, Rain - atmospheric, very long, very 70's!, but carries you away on a journey

David Sylvian/Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours - NOT the Sylvian solo version, this is from the Merry Christmas Mr...OST

The Dream Academy - The Party (acoustic version) - A b'side, available on a Japanese Best Of CD - really cutting lyrics

Wheat - Don't I Hold You - "Don't I hold you like you want to be held", such melancholia

Ben Folds Five - Brick - Once you know what this song is about it is suddenly even sadder

Hothouse Flowers - Trying To Get Through - A beautiful lament against the pressures of life

Jackson Browne - The Road - The emptiness of life on the road, with great violin playing

Playing At Trains - Lust - This is a demo of an unreleased song - should have been No.1

Boys Next Door - Shivers - I hate Nick Cave usually. From the Dogs In Space soundtrack, great film

del Amitri - One Thing Left To Do - even by del Amitri's standards, this is really bleak

Well Well Well - Consequences - Only ever released on vinyl (I'd love a CD copy) - great lyrics

Deacon Blue - Circus Lights (acoustic version) - Ricky's voice cracks as he sings it with only a piano as company

Barenaked Ladies - Blame It On Me (original EP version) - Funny/sad lyrics - This is NOT the same as the album version

The Lemonheads - Shakey Ground - Can men & women just be friends? Evan acoustic and poignant

China Drum - Biscuit Barrel (acoustic version) - As a punk band this is still intense even if it is acoustic

James Young - Songs They Never Play On The Radio - A smokey, drunken night of nostalgia put to music

del Amitri - Scared To Live - Hidden away on a Bside as are most del classics

Suzanne Vega - Small Blue Thing - There are some early live recordings without the "80's studio effects"

Fish - Cliche - Great lyrics & guitar work but possibly 2 minutes too long

Billy Bragg - Tank Park Salute - One of the saddest songs ever written - always makes me cry

Then Jerico - Darkest Hour - A rare acoustic moment

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game - my summer of love

World Party - And I Fell Back Alone  - "If we walk through each other as we leave the room you don't have to tell me that it's over"

Hazel O'Connor - Will You - We've all been here

Black - Let Me Watch You Make Love - "Let me watch you make love and imagine that it's me" - enough said

The Shangri-Las - Past, Present & Future - Manufactured group or not, still a great song from the 60's

Theme From M*A*S*H - Suicide Is Painless - One of the saddest songs ever

Latin Quarter - Voices Inside - Loneliness and despair set to music

Erasure - Piano Song - A rare piano song from Erasure - "never get angry at stupid people"

The Verve - History - Despite stealing much of the lyrics from a dead poet.......

Ezio - Just To Talk To You - This is either about obsession or stalking!

The Cure - Pictures Of You - from their best album 'Disintegration'

Depeche Mode - Somebody - Electro-popsters produce a beautiful piano ballad? "Though things like this make me sick..."

Tom McRae - You Cut Her Hair - The music is purposefully disturbing and so is his delivery.

Andy White - Come Down To The Sea - A piano song about politics? What are the "Dark Times"? Not sure

Japan - Ghosts - With THAT voice and the spooky sounds this is very disconcerting indeed.

Black - Sweetest Smile

Bettie Serveert - Shades - A B' side, piano rather than swirling guitars and that glorious voice.

Deacon Blue - Long Distance From Just Across The Road - A rare B' side, finishes with the slow piano intro to Loaded

World Party - Watching & Waiting

del Amitri - Someone Else Will - Another great B Side, melancholy and despair by Justin once more

Lenny Kravitz - The Difference Is Why - Those 60's instruments really sound suitably soulful on this ballad

Jazz Butcher - Girl Go

Heidi Berry - Northshore Train

U2 - All I Want Is You

Pearl Jam - Black - "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star, In somebody else's sky, but why, can't it be mine"

Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

Sinead O Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

Yazzoo - Only You

Japan - Nightporter

U2 - One

Nick Drake - Northern Sky

Anita Lane - The World's A Girl

Mazzy Star - Fade Into You

Swim - So Long Manhattan

Ricky Ross - The Further North You Go - It's true, we are friendlier up North. And Dundee is a beautiful city.

Jonathan Richman - Twilight In Boston - Another song about a hometown, let Jonathan take you on a tour with just his guitar to help

Don Henley - A Month Of Sundays

The Housemartins - Think For A Minute - In the 80's, imminent nuclear annihilation was a very real threat and this about sums it up

Jethro Tull - She Said She Was A Dancer - The best Dire Straits song DS never recorded with some wickedly funny lyrics too

The Four Of Us - Hymn For Her

Bruce Cockburn - Pacing The Cage

The Beatles - Fool On The Hill

Embrace - Fireworks

The Hothouse Flowers - Ecuador - Such a sad, contemplative song, the singer questions his role but there are no answers coming

Travis - Slide Show

George Michael - Cowboys And Angels -

David Bowie - Wild Is The Wind - A rare cover for Bowie, the vocal delivery just makes the song as the music sweeps along

This Picture - Death's Sweet Religion (acoustic version)

Gene - I Can't Help Myself (piano version)

Marillion - Lavender

CountingCrows - Anna Begins

James Taylor - Fire & Rain - some people see this as a happy song, but if you saw it used in that movie with River Phoenix......

Glen Campbell - Witchita Lineman

Then Jerico - Sugarbox

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

Elton John - Rocket Man

Liz Phair - Chopsticks

The Eagles - Last Resort

Sting - The Shape Of My Heart

Prince - Old Friends For Sale (demo version)

Brad - Buttercup - Shawn Smith's vocals are often heartbreaking, but when the music is this good too - it hurts

U2 - So Cruel

Wilco - The Lonely 1

Kiss - Beth - Where did this come from? a touching ballad with strings and cracked vocals and everything - no power ballad this

Depeche Mode - Sometimes

The Monkees - Shades Of Grey

Patrick Swayze - She's Like The Wind - Talented actor, good looking, and he can sing & write a good song too!

Nine Inch Nails - Something I Can Never Have (acoustic version) - Just with a piano this sounds even more desperate

The Field Mice - Willow

Pearl Jam - Crazy Mary - Written by Victoria Williams (who guests on it) simply beautiful, warm and mysterious

The Moody Blues - Forever Autumn

U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses - Forget the single mix, great lyrics

Prince - Sometimes It Snows In April - The intro is too long, but here Prince nails the emotion of loss incredibly

Eurythmics - I Need You - Eurythmics do an acoustic song, no, really.

Billy Joel - And So It Goes

The Lemonheads - Postcard

Black - Wonderful Life

Circus Of Power - Circles - "See your life go round in circles"

Kirsty McGee - Plane Vapours

Athlete - Wires

Kristin Hersh - Your Ghost - Guest Michael Stipe only adds to this haunting song (no pun)

I Am Kloot - The Deep Blue Sea