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It was originally featured on TransformerReed's second post— Velvet Underground solo album, and as a double A-side with his major hit, " Walk on the Wild Side ". Its fame was given a boost in the s when it was featured in the film Trainspotting and after a star-studded version was released Im Glad - Various - Beat Mix 3 a BBC charity single inreaching number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Norway.
Reed re-recorded the song for his album The Raven. The original recording, as with the rest of the Transformer album, was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson who also wrote the string arrangement and played piano on the track. The song begins in its versewhich is a progression of major triads in descending perfect fifthsstarting however on a minor triad.
The song then moves into the choruswhich is written in the parallel major key to the verse. The song has a sombre vocal delivery and a slow, piano-based instrumental backing. The lyric is often considered to suggest simple, conventional romantic devotion, possibly alluding to Reed's relationship with Bettye Kronstad and Reed's own conflicts with his sexualitydrug use and ego.
Some commentators Im Glad - Various - Beat Mix 3 further seen the lyrical subtext as displaying Reed's romanticized attitude towards a period of his own addiction to heroin. This popular understanding of the song as an ode to addiction led to its inclusion in the soundtrack for Trainspottinga film about the lives of heroin addicts. You're talking to the writer, the person who wrote it. No that's not true [that the song is about heroin use]. I don't object to Charlene Smith - I Learned My Lesson (The House Mixes), particularly But this guy's vision of a perfect day was the girl, sangria in the park, and then you go home; a perfect day, real simple.
I meant just what I said. It reached number 28 on the UK Singles Chart in The song featured a rare appearance by Duran Duran's first drummer Roger Taylor.
He also appeared in the video and in a promotional appearance on Top of the Pops. The music video Never Say Yes (Take 1,2) - Elvis* - A Legendary Performer (Box Set) filmed in February by director Nick Eganand first aired in March.
It shows clips of the band performing, interspersed with surreal images. The single was released in several versions, Bombay - Skeletron - Bombay numerous different remixes of the title track and other Duran Duran songs. In addition to the single and the Thank You album, the song also appeared in Duran Duran's Singles Box Set —released in On Duran Duran's episode of Behind the MusicReed described the Duran Duran version as being potentially the best rerecording of any of his songs.
It was included as one of two new tracks on MacColl's compilation album Galore and reached No. MacColl has described the song as "glorious and tragic at the same time". When I was recording the new tracks for [ Galore ], I thought "Perfect Day" would be a really good song to do as a duet [and that] he would be the ideal person to sing it with me.
By coincidence, Dando phoned MacColl two days after Im Glad - Various - Beat Mix 3 backing track was recorded to let her know he was performing in London with his band The Lemonheads and he agreed to provide vocals on the track while in the UK. Ina version of the song created by advertising agency Leagas Delaney  was showcased on the BBC in a lengthy corporate promotion of its diverse music coverage which was broadcast on BBC channels and in cinemas.
It featured Lou Reed himself and other major artists in what the Financial Times described as "an astonishing line-up of world class performers". This is only possible thanks to the unique way the BBC is paid for by you. You make it what it is. Prompted by huge public demand the track was released on November 17,as a charity single for Children in Needand Reed said, "I have never been more impressed with a performance of one of my songs.
The BBC also produced a Christmas version of the accompanying music video. In Ireland, the song was a huge success, remaining at number one for seven weeks and becoming 's Christmas number one.
The single also topped the Norwegian Singles Chart for seven weeks in late and earlyspending 17 weeks on the chart in total. The song has not been digitally released to digital music platforms as the "single [is] unusable again in a commercial context due to the specific nature of the clearances for Children In Need at the time". Following the success of the "Perfect Day" music video, the BBC produced three further similar campaigns.
The first, Future Generationsin Decemberdid a similar multi-celebrity montage with favourite BBC children's programmes. The second, called Shaggy Dog Storyfeatured various comedians and comic actors telling a Im Glad - Various - Beat Mix 3 shaggy dog story [ citation needed ]with each one sharing a line or phrase.
A second, shorter shaggy dog story, entitled Mammals vs. Insectswas also broadcast on 4 January The only person to appear in both campaigns is Sir Elton John. The single inspired Sony Music to release a various artists compilation albumPerfect Dayin early It reached number 7 in the UK Compilation Chart. A BBC live television event inIm Glad - Various - Beat Mix 3 consisted of music programs around the clock, ended in another round-robin performance of "Perfect Day".
Although watched by millions, the recording of the show that was released as a single was not a chart success, reaching only number 69 in mid-June This line-up included Rolf Harris and a beginning and ending performance from Lou Reed himself. Scottish recording artist Susan Boyle covered the song on her second album The Im Glad - Various - Beat Mix 3 and also released it on November 8, as a single.
She had planned to sing "Perfect Day", but two hours before the show, she was told that Lou Reed had intervened, refusing her permission to perform his song and to include it on her forthcoming album The Gift. As she and her choir did not have time to rehearse another number, she decided to cancel her performance. A couple of weeks later, Lou Reed agreed not only to let her include the song on The Gift but also to produce her music video of the song.
It was shot on the banks of Loch Lomond and premiered on November 7, On Im Glad - Various - Beat Mix 3 November she performed the song on Children in Need. Soon after Reed's death inCardinal Gianfranco Ravasithe Vatican 's culture minister, made news by tweeting lyrics from the song:. Oh, it's such a perfect day I'm glad I spent it with you Oh, such a perfect day You just keep me hanging on.
As the song is widely interpreted by listeners to be drug-related, the cardinal later clarified that he did not condone drug use.
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