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Catherine Wheel — Judy Staring at the Sun
Album: Happy Days
Avg rating:
6.5

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Total ratings: 762









Released: 1995
Length: 3:50
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Smacked up again behind the door
Begging please give me some more
A vein that's open for the day
Feel the pulse beneath the skin
And smiling as it all begins
Oh where have you been?

Judy's staring at the sun
Judy's staring at the sun
Judy's fantasy has come

So amplify this little one
She's a volume freak
She hears as much as she can see
And what she sees she can't believe
It's just what Judy needs a moment of release
To give her peace peace peace

Judy's starting at the sun
Judy's day passed out of sight
Judy will be suffering tonight
She's suffering

She passed by and said good-bye to him
And in a rare and lucid state
She said my days are unoriginal
I wanna fade fade fade
She's suffering

Judy's staring at the sun
Judy's day passed out of sight
Judy will be suffering tonight
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 Kassbomb wrote:
Adore this
 

Same here. Oh, what divine backing vocals. Dammit, I know that voice, but can't come up with a name. Bill, with perfect timing, comes on and tells me it's Tanya Donelly. Uh, I knew that, yeah, I did. I've only got discs of Muses, Breeders, Belly. Duh. Hmmmm, guess my memory is getting as old as some of these songs. Thanks, Bill, I so enjoyed that!
Singer/guitarist Rob Dickinson is restoring and modifying super high-end Porsches with his company Singer now.
Is Judy in disguise? 
While this song is definitely one of their most pop-friendly ones, this band was one of the great underrated rock bands of the 90’s, IMHO. 
I hope Judy has sunglasses on
 Giverofpain wrote:
I once heard these guys referenced as the toe gazers because of the petals that they used to make the sound from their guitars. 

 
Well, "shoe-gazers" has been applied to them and the term did come from musicians who often look down at their effects pedals while playing.  I thought you were making some sort of floral reference.
A shining moment from 1995… still has light… 
...with glasses?
Adore this
 oldfart48 wrote:

1948

 
Good for you.
Do you have to explain your taste of music to the younger generation?
I get the "What are you listening to?" a lot.
I find my taste of music is way more varied than most of the whipper snappers around me.
Though I've influenced my son and daughter quite a bit.
My son "discovers" something like The Shins recently... "Dad have you ever heard of the band The Shins?"
Sure. Do you want to borrow all their CD's? {#Lol}

Thinking back, I always sought out the more "eclectic" stuff.


How's the rest of the CD?
 oldfart48 wrote:

1948

 
Sir to you it is then!   {#Cheesygrin}
Right now, right here this song is hitting the spot.
 Tippster wrote:

Shoegaze is actually a genre of rock.  Not sure if CW qualifies, but bands like Ride, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine certainly do.

I still think Catherine Wheel is one of the more over-looked bands to come out of Canada.  Thanks for playing a great tune!

 
Me thinks ye have Canada and the UK mixed up here.
 Giverofpain wrote:
I once heard these guys referenced as the toe gazers because of the petals that they used to make the sound from their guitars. 

 
Shoegaze is actually a genre of rock.  Not sure if CW qualifies, but bands like Ride, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine certainly do.

I still think Catherine Wheel is one of the more over-looked bands to come out of Canada.  Thanks for playing a great tune!


I once heard these guys referenced as the toe gazers because of the petals that they used to make the sound from their guitars. 
 westslope wrote:

I guess I'm bona fide OLD too. (1956)  I had heard of Catherine Wheel but very little of the band's music until RP.  Same with Camel.  Come to think of it, my early exposure to Lou Reed was limited but that has been fixed, in part thanks, again, to RP.


 
1948
No deep thoughts on this one.  Just makes me happy.  {#Bananajam}

Everybody in my church be dancing...  love it...
 
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
 paulmack wrote:


I echo your sentiments, fergie. It is tough to admit. On the other hand, I'm so much happier now than I ever was when I was younger - for me, it's been a worthwhile trade-off because of that. And, for you, there is this - evidently you can still rock - or should I say 'rawk'? That's good, right?
From someone born in the early mid- fifties...
Phat!

And I uploaded this song. {#Mrgreen}
 

Kurt:  Thanks!   

What I love about 'rock' is that as I get older (born 1956) the rock music and the radio stations—at least this one—get better!


 Tippster wrote:
I don't understand the low score on this tune. 
 
I do. Many don't have taste. How's that?
Judy doesn't sound just way bright.  Nice rock background, but the lyrics...
 paulmack wrote:


I echo your sentiments, fergie. It is tough to admit. On the other hand, I'm so much happier now than I ever was when I was younger - for me, it's been a worthwhile trade-off because of that. And, for you, there is this - evidently you can still rock - or should I say 'rawk'? That's good, right?
From someone born in the early mid- fifties...
Phat!

And I uploaded this song. {#Mrgreen}
Sounded like the boys are back in town and a whole amalgam of sounds-ok but they've done better!     {#Sleep}
I don't understand the low score on this tune. 


This song is soooo fabulous...  love it...

 


excellent...

 
 kaybee wrote:

I'm REAL old (born in the 50's) and I hadn't heard of Catherine Wheel either, until I listed to Radio Paradise.  You'll probably find a lot of music here that's been around that you've never heard before.  One of the great things about RP!

 
I guess I'm bona fide OLD too. (1956)  I had heard of Catherine Wheel but very little of the band's music until RP.  Same with Camel.  Come to think of it, my early exposure to Lou Reed was limited but that has been fixed, in part thanks, again, to RP.

 Synth80s wrote:
This is not Catherine Wheel's best tune by any means, but it's good to hear any CW on RP.  They are one of the most criminally overlooked bands of the '90s.  If you want to be blown away by an album, give "Adam and Eve" a chance.  It has some good, solid rock tunes but also a lot of more atmospheric pieces.  If you know who Tim Friese-Greene and Bob Ezrin are and you like their sound, "Adam and Eve" is for you.

 
+1 on everything you said, especially about Adam and Eve - great, overlooked album.

Upping this from 8 to 9.

I seem to have a tendency to up things each time I hear them just because it's a song from one of my favourite bands. Oh well...




Everybody in my hotel room be dancing...  love it...

 
This is not Catherine Wheel's best tune by any means, but it's good to hear any CW on RP.  They are one of the most criminally overlooked bands of the '90s.  If you want to be blown away by an album, give "Adam and Eve" a chance.  It has some good, solid rock tunes but also a lot of more atmospheric pieces.  If you know who Tim Friese-Greene and Bob Ezrin are and you like their sound, "Adam and Eve" is for you.

 kalleOS wrote:
Who Is Catherine Wheel?
I'm living in germany and never heard about this group, but I'm old (born in the 60's).

Greetings, Karl.

 
I'm REAL old (born in the 50's) and I hadn't heard of Catherine Wheel either, until I listed to Radio Paradise.  You'll probably find a lot of music here that's been around that you've never heard before.  One of the great things about RP!

 paulmack wrote:
Bill: Any chance you'd be willing to play some other tracks off "Chrome"? I like both "Crank".....
 
My crank days are far behind (fortunately), but I LOVE that song. The layers, reverb, etc. are so absorbing. When I'm driving home at 11pm from a 15-hour workday, it just puts me in a great zone, making me wish the song lasted an hour. How about more CW, Bill?


 grungepuppy wrote:
Wikipedia says that Tanya Donelly is doing backing vocals. Is that right? That's enough to bump this from an 8 to a 9!
 
Yes, that's her vocals!

i like it. and it does sound like tanya.
 grungepuppy wrote:
Wikipedia says that Tanya Donelly is doing backing vocals. Is that right? That's enough to bump this from an 8 to a 9!
 
It certainly sounds like her.


She's suffering.......{#Music}
Wikipedia says that Tanya Donelly is doing backing vocals. Is that right? That's enough to bump this from an 8 to a 9!
 webslinger48 wrote:
ADD ROB DICKINSON'S "OCEANS" TO THE PLAYLIST!!!
 
yes, please do Bill!

 paulmack wrote:
Bill: Any chance you'd be willing to play some other tracks off "Chrome"? I like both "Crank" and "Fripp" but there are others on that abum that I prefer - greatly, in fact. "Chrome" and "Kill Rhythm" come to mind...
 
+1

Bill: Any chance you'd be willing to play some other tracks off "Chrome"? I like both "Crank" and "Fripp" but there are others on that abum that I prefer - greatly, in fact. "Chrome" and "Kill Rhythm" come to mind...
 kalleOS wrote:
Who Is Catherine Wheel?
I'm living in germany and never heard about this group, but I'm old (born in the 60's).

Greetings, Karl.

 

Karl: You may never see this but, for the record, I used my earlier note about not knowing the lyrics for "Little Muscle" as a prompt to finally check after 13 years of not getting around to it. Turns out that I must have been spectacularly UNobservant to not have always know that the song was about the tongue and not that other fleshy structural feature males are noted for frequently misusing.
 fergie348 wrote:

Born in the 60's is old now?  Shit.. 

{#Cry}

Catherine Wheel rocks - I remember seeing them at the Greek Theater in Berkeley in the late '90s.  Wait, does that make me old?

Shit..

 

I echo your sentiments, fergie. It is tough to admit. On the other hand, I'm so much happier now than I ever was when I was younger - for me, it's been a worthwhile trade-off because of that. And, for you, there is this - evidently you can still rock - or should I say 'rawk'? That's good, right?
 kalleOS wrote:
Who Is Catherine Wheel?
I'm living in germany and never heard about this group, but I'm old (born in the 60's).

Greetings, Karl.

 

Yep, they're a 90's band. I stumbled on them first around 96 listening to a college radio station - probably about the time (or not terribly long after) this album, Happy Days, came out. I really only knew one song, "Little Muscle" (which I at first thought was referring to a penis but later came to believe really was applied to the tongue - never have studied a lyric sheet to be sure, either way), which I thought rocked magnificently. Bought the CD but didn't like anything else as much. Fast forward to 2004, I'm in Jittery Joe's coffee shop in Athens, GA and one of the employees was playing "Chrome", a later CD, over the coffeehouse system. Loved it, bought it, and then "Ferment" shortly after, both of which are still a soundtrack for that year (a difficult one) for me. Both of those actually pre-date Happy Days. I think of them in the same general category as the band, Ride, although I imagine most would say they are less of a 'shoegazing' band than Ride.
well , THATS what i call bad singing.
 kalleOS wrote:
Who Is Catherine Wheel?
I'm living in germany and never heard about this group, but I'm old (born in the 60's).

Greetings, Karl.

 

Karl,

I have not heard of them, but found this data:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Wheel

Spud
 kalleOS wrote:
Who Is Catherine Wheel?
I'm living in germany and never heard about this group, but I'm old (born in the 60's).

Greetings, Karl.

 
Born in the 60's is old now?  Shit.. 

{#Cry}

Catherine Wheel rocks - I remember seeing them at the Greek Theater in Berkeley in the late '90s.  Wait, does that make me old?

Shit..

Who Is Catherine Wheel?
I'm living in germany and never heard about this group, but I'm old (born in the 60's).

Greetings, Karl.

 brokemusician wrote:
Cristina Aguilera?
 

Uh, no. If you can't tell the difference between this and Christina Aguilera, you may want to get your hearing checked.
She also runs with scissors! {#Headache} {#Naughty}

Great song.


 lattalo wrote:
This has got to be the most bizarre CD cover I have ever seen, I am laughing so hard when I look at????
 

I medieval days they would strap criminals to big wagon wheels called the Catherine Wheel  to break their legs then decapitate them.
 JoJopugs wrote:
JUDY IS GOING TO GO BLIND!
 

aaaaaaaaaa ahhaahhahahaahahahahahahahahahhahahaha
67nj wrote:

Love it...birds tell it how it is..." I don't like you I'm going to shit on you"....if only human life was that simple


I haven't heard this great album in a dozen years!  Thanks for the flashback.
Thanks for playing an old favorite. A then relatively unknown Catherine Wheel was included on my playlist when I was a DJ at an underground radio station in Los Angeles, CA back in the early 1990's. :music:
Tanya looks at home in that flying saucer!
This has got to be the most bizarre CD cover I have ever seen, I am laughing so hard when I look at????
67nj, is there any amount of money I can pay you to never post that picture again?
never understood why they had any popularity
Cristina Aguilera?
Props for spinning some Catherine Wheel!
I miss the shoegazers....
ADD ROB DICKINSON'S "OCEANS" TO THE PLAYLIST!!!
I really like Catherine Wheel, but this song isn't one of my faves.
one of my favorite 90's bands ever since I saw them open for the Cowboy Junkies in Albany NY. They absolutely blew me away and I've been a fan for over 12 years. Rob and Tanya sound great on this one.
CW is great, but I think Radio Paradise oughta add Rob Dickinson's latest CD to their rotation. For those unaware, Rob is lead singer of CW. His new album is quite catchy, not to mention interesting cover art.
JoJopugs wrote:
JUDY IS GOING TO GO BLIND!
:sunny:
Cool song...probably the poppiest I've ever heard from CW. Even better when you check out those lyrics contrasted with the...shall we say sunny...sound.
does anyone remember Vitamin Z? i know, i know - it was the 80s. love catherine wheel stuff, but i always think the singer is the Vitamin Z
Catherine Wheel, found again wow... Their music is like swimming in sound, dancing with textures, and being carressed by melody... My friend Judy thinks it was written about her, but I just love this song for the way it moves through the air around me. David says its a wall of sound kind of experience. You definitely need to listen to this one with the volume up and you will understand i think... Radio Paradise, yes you are my precious... saba
Does Tonya Donnelly sing backup on this one? EDIT: Nevermind - scrolled down. Guess she does.
Thank you, thank you, for playing this song!!!! Please play more Catherine Wheel on RP!
crink51 wrote:
If you like Catherine Wheel and don't have their 2000 release 'wishville,' you should get it. Not sure what they've been up to since then. Great to hear them on RP...more, more, more!
The lead singer has a new solo disc out now and will perform live on KCRW's "Morning Comes Eclectic" this September.
If you like Catherine Wheel and don't have their 2000 release 'wishville,' you should get it. Not sure what they've been up to since then. Great to hear them on RP...more, more, more!
Wikipedia wrote:
After a three year break, Catherine Wheel reemerged with new bassist Ben Ellis and a new album, 2000's Wishville. After mixed reviews and less-than-stellar sales of the disc, the band went on hiatus.
MrSpaz wrote:
Good question. Whatever did happen to this group?
JUDY IS GOING TO GO BLIND!
circlip wrote:
I love these guys. What ever happened to them?
Good question. Whatever did happen to this group?
Great song!
Yeah Baby !!
darthblav wrote:
this station keeps amazing me with the variety. i love catherine wheel and can't believe this is on the play list.
Ditto Ditto Ditto
this station keeps amazing me with the variety. i love catherine wheel and can't believe this is on the play list.
Judy Staring At The Sun Smacked up again behind the door Begging please give me some more A vein that's open for the day Feel the pulse beneath the skin And smiling as it all begins Oh where have you been? Judy's staring at the sun Judy's staring at the sun Judy's fantasy has come So amplify this little one She;s a volume freak She hears as much as she can see And what she sees she can't believe It's just what Judy needs a moment of release To give her peace peace peace Judy's starting at the sun Judy's day passed out of sight Judy will be suffering tonight She's suffering She passed by and said good-bye to him And in a rare and lucid state She said my days are unoriginal I wanna fade fade fade She's suffering Judy's staring at the sun Judy's day passed out of sight Judy will be suffering tonight
psycho_therapist wrote:
OMG Catherine Wheel!!!!! And with Ms Tanya to boot. Mmmmmmm. More Catherine Wheel. Somebody upload something from Chrome, please!! :D
See here ;)
Are these lyrics "she's sufferin'?" If so, yes, I am. From listening to this.
OMG Catherine Wheel!!!!! And with Ms Tanya to boot. Mmmmmmm. More Catherine Wheel. Somebody upload something from Chrome, please!! :D
8) Poppy single from this album... see also here
This would be a good one. I dig the Wheel. Wish they were still together.
I love these guys. What ever happened to them?
Danny_G wrote:
have you uploaded this song ? thank you ! :)
it twas i and your welcome.
trekhead wrote:
Hmm. Please to explain this upload process and how did you know it took 3 days? Curious. Is it too complicated?
well... i uploaded it 3 days ago (click on your logged in name to find out how to upload songs). it showed on my list as being accepted without being put on the "Listener Reveiw Channel". now it's playing on the main channel. if a computor corndog like me can figure it out, i'm sure anybody can! :lol:
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
wow... from upload to main playlist in three days! somebody likes this one besides me.
have you uploaded this song ? thank you ! :)
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
wow... from upload to main playlist in three days! somebody likes this one besides me.
Hmm. Please to explain this upload process and how did you know it took 3 days? Curious. Is it too complicated?
nice :sunny:
wow... from upload to main playlist in three days! somebody likes this one besides me.
Always start with a "6".