Walking On Sunshine

Album: Walking On Sunshine (1985)
Charted: 8 9
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Songfacts®:

  • Kimberly Rew, who founded Katrina & the Waves, wrote this song. Prior to The Waves, Rew was the guitarist between 1978 and 1980 of The Soft Boys, a band which also featured Robyn Hitchcock. Rew also wrote "Going Down to Liverpool," which was covered by the Bangles and "Love Shine A Light," which won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest.
  • This song about unadulterated joy has been used in a number of feature films including: The Secret of My Success (1987), Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997) and American Psycho (2000). Also, Jack Black's character in High Fidelity (2000) plays this song on a cassette tape. A cover by the duo Aly & AJ was used in the 2005 Disney motion picture Herbie: Fully Loaded.
  • This is the favorite song of Philip J. Fry, a character from the Futurama TV Show. He sings this while showering, though the only words he remembers are "I'm walking on sunshine," so he hums the rest.
  • Katrina & the Waves are considered a one-hit-wonder in the United States (where the band name evoked unfortunate images after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster), but they had another hit in the UK with Love Shine A Light, which was entered in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Dolly Parton recorded this for her 1996 covers album, Treasures. In 1999, a dance remix of her version was also released.

Comments: 9

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenThis song was one of the medley my friend played at his wedding reception. I think the lyrics summed his (their) feelings up nicely!
  • Oto from SlovakiaIt's very catchy and its easy to identify with it....great song.
  • John from MassI could have sworn I heard this song much earlier than listed release date. Thought I heard it in 1980 or 1981.
  • Jir from London, United KingdomThis song screams out of my head sometimes when Im showering, and it really cheers me up!
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxFor years I thought Rita Coolidge did this song, because their voices are rather similar.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhOne of the very, very best upbeat songs ever. You can't help but get cheered up any time you hear it! Also gotta sing along with the chorus! Timeless classic!
  • Alex from Boucherville (montreal), QcIt's Fry AND SEYMOUR THE DOG song! :O!!!!!
  • Michael from San Diego, CaI love this song, the whole first album by Kimberly & the Waves was pretty good. I didn't like most of their later stuff but this record, and especially this tune are timeless!
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhBack when Don Imus had a music show, I heard him read the rather overblown publicity release for this the first time he played it on WNBC. It made a funny bit of comedy on its own. And the song is simply cheerful.
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