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Official Review [Single]: 6. "RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS"/"SATURDAY" (1260-S)

Which side is your favorite?

  • Side A: "RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS"

    Votes: 39 92.9%
  • Side B: "SATURDAY"

    Votes: 3 7.1%

  • Total voters
    42

Brian

Well-Known Member
Rainy Days and Mondays - Brilliant performance, brilliant arrangement, brilliant production, brilliant matching of melody to lyrics... What else can you say? Well, Paul Gambaccini, of Rolling Stone magazine, steered clear of being as ecstatic, but at least he didn't bag the single outright in his 1971 mention, (Page 47, Rolling Stone, July 8th, 1971):- "The Carpenters are at, or near, the top of the chart of whatever Top 40 station is in your town. That sentence is appropriate every three months; the song that makes it ring true this June is "Rainy Days and Mondays", (A&M 1260). I refuse to knock the Carpenters. This is their fourth gold single, which is four more than I have. "Rainy Days and Mondays" is not the only duo-level easy-listening / teenybop 45 to assault our ears lately. Bobby Sherman sounds more nightclubby than ever on "The Drum", (Metromedia 217)"....(etc).

First time I've heard it implied that "Rainy Days and Mondays" is a teenybopper tune. Also, just thinking over his inference about the assault on the ears.....
 

David A

Well-Known Member
Rainy Days and Mondays - Brilliant performance, brilliant arrangement, brilliant production, brilliant matching of melody to lyrics... What else can you say? Well, Paul Gambaccini, of Rolling Stone magazine, steered clear of being as ecstatic, but at least he didn't bag the single outright in his 1971 mention, (Page 47, Rolling Stone, July 8th, 1971):- "The Carpenters are at, or near, the top of the chart of whatever Top 40 station is in your town. That sentence is appropriate every three months; the song that makes it ring true this June is "Rainy Days and Mondays", (A&M 1260). I refuse to knock the Carpenters. This is their fourth gold single, which is four more than I have. "Rainy Days and Mondays" is not the only duo-level easy-listening / teenybop 45 to assault our ears lately. Bobby Sherman sounds more nightclubby than ever on "The Drum", (Metromedia 217)"....(etc).

First time I've heard it implied that "Rainy Days and Mondays" is a teenybopper tune. Also, just thinking over his inference about the assault on the ears.....
Rainy Days and Mondays has always meant a lot to me, and is never off my top 3 most-listened to Carpenters songs. I know many of us have heard the hits so many times we get "sick" of them; I never seem to get sick of this one. One of their best.
 

CraigGA

Well-Known Member
I also like the one tied with Superstar in the Rainy Days medley from the First Television Special that is also on the list for As Time Goes By CD.
 

NowhereMan

Active Member
That aside, the song is one of my favourites and I love the story Paul Williams told about his mother in Little Girl Blue. He'd coined the line "talkin' to myself and feeling old" from her and the day they first heard it on the radio in the car, she began to cry. When Paul said the lyric was inspired by her, she denied she ever talked to herself, exclaiming "you're crazy!". :laugh: Very sweet story.
This reminded me of this clip of Paul Williams recounting much the same back story to "Rainy Days and Mondays." For me, it adds an even deeper dimension to a song that has always resounded with me.

 
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