Song of the Week #8: Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
To those of you who avidly read my articles, and for everyone who realises what time of year it is, you’ll know that I’ve been snowed under with revision and exams for a while and if you’re getting a little bored of reading about my revision woes and dramas, have no fear – summer is here!
Yes, I have finished exams! Exams are over, finito, gone byebye, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Summer has to be the best time of the year: everyone is high on Vitamin D, everyone tends to wear less (admittedly, this can be not so great), and it’s acceptable to eat ice cream all day. Having spent a large amount of time at the beach, getting ridiculously sunburnt (how British of me), and getting merry, I feel sufficiently summery already. I figured we should have an upbeat, happy, summery song for this week. “Walking On Sunshine” seemed an obvious choice.
Katrina & The Waves released this song on their debut album in 1983, and it’s the bands biggest hit. They’ve actually released loads of albums, but nobody’s ever heard of them really. Everybody knows “Walking On Sunshine”. I’m at risk of being too mainstream here, but so much of me doesn’t care; this song is too good, and it reminds me of a great story of one of my friends: upon finishing his A-Levels, instead of going to the pub like most normal people, he went home, took all his clothes off and cracked open a beer. He then cranked this song up to full volume and danced around the kitchen. On his own. I’m so glad I’m friends with him, he makes me look cooler.
I realise that currently, it’s not so sunny, which makes this song fall a bit flat on its face. However, we can pretend it’s as sunny as it was last week, and all of us can dance naked in our kitchens. Go jiggle that booty.