Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is the debut studio album by English alternative rock band The Sundays. It was released in the United Kingdom on Rough Trade Records, and in the United States on DGC Records. The album name is a reference to the band's hometown, Reading, Berkshire. All songs written by David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler. Skin & Bones" – 4:16. Here's Where the Story Ends" – 3:54. Can't Be Sure" – 3:22. You're Not the Only One I Know" – 3:50.
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic was the first album from The SUNDAYS. Recorded in three and a half months, the album was released in the United Kingdom on the Rough Trade label on January 15, 1990 and three months later in North America on Geffen's GDC label. But, the album marked nearly a years' period since their debut single, Can't Be Sure, hit the bins in early 1989
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Released January 15, 1990. Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Tracklist. 1. Skin & Bones Lyrics. 2. Here's Where The Story Ends Lyrics. About Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic . The girl with the thorn in her side. This beautiful collection of songs takes The Smiths as it’s most palpable musical and lyrical antecedent, despite limiting itself to heteronormative relationships.
I've had friends tell me that they shelve their desert island disks, and try not to listen to them in any great frequency, or at best moderation in an attempt to ward off any impending immunity to the pleasure they derive from them. This theory is fully logical, but it's a lot easier to follow when the artists of those said desert island disks are still issuing new material.
As evidenced by the lilting, melancholy single "Here's Where the Story Ends," it's a winning combination, making Reading, Writing and Arithmetic a thoroughly engaging debut.
The Sundays are a conspicuous exception to that rule. The lovely Harriet Wheeler is unmistakably the center of the band, but she's more than a pretty face; almost twenty-five years after the release of Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic, her singing remains nearly unrivaled amongst indie rock bands. It's not just her ability as a singer, or even her voice, itself. Her lyrics carefully-composed and often clever, taking unexpected turns, and these elements all converge to achieve a wistful, romantic quality rarely found in indie rock, where ironic detachment and sourness are more common. David Gavarin's guitar playing is the other highlight of the album. Gavarin is an underrated guitarist who crafted nearly as many memorable hooks as frequent subject of comparison Johnny Marr, and beyond his keen ear for composition, his guitar playing perfectly balances with Harriet's singing.
The Sundays were an influential British indie group of the late 1980s and 1990s, formed in 1988 and hailing from London, United Kingdom. Singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin formed the band in college at Bristol, soon adding bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan. Comparisons were drawn with original label-mates The Smiths, and bands such as Cocteau Twins, and 10,000 Maniacs.