What did The Sundays contribute to the music industry?

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Sundays are a British indie rock band, and they have not achieved the international fame that many such groups have achieved; however, that does not mean that The Sundays have not experienced some significant successes since the group began.

Two people are primarily responsible for the formation of this band. Harriet Wheeler met David Gavurin while they were at university in 1988. Wheeler had done some work with another band, later called Jim Jiminee, and Gavurin was a guitarist. They soon add two member to their group: Paul Brindley, bassist, and Patrick Hannan, drummer. 

The Sundays released their debut single, followed by another single and their debut album entitled Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The album reached the top five albums in the United Kingdom. 

The band had opted not to hire a manager, instead managing themselves. Their record label also started experiencing financial difficulties. These two things slowed down the release of any new music by The Sundays. Finally, in 1992 they released the single "Goodbye" in the UK. Blind, their next album, was also released in 1992.

"Goodbye" was eventually released in the United States; the B-side of the single was a cover of "Wild Horses" made famous by The Rolling Stones. This B-side cover became part of the soundtrack for the wildly popular television series Buffy and the Vampire Slayer. The band went on tour to capitalize on their new-found international fame.

Their third album, Static & Silence, was not released until 1997. Their most successful hit came from this album. "Summertime" made the top 15 hit music list in The Sundays' native UK, and the album reached the top 10.

Since then, however, the group has been essentially, or at least publicly, unproductive since then. Unlike many bands who become inactive, they did not disband or suffer from infighting. Instead, Wheeler and Gavurin have been concentrating on their families. 

So, the impact of The Sundays on music is primarily, at least in the United States, is the group's contribution to the pop culture through their music on the popular Vampire series.