KATRINA AND THE WAVES
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
The Early Years (1975 to 1982)
Walking On Sunshine
This upbeat single is just the ticket to cheer you up on a dull day, and we get plenty of them here in the UK!
The infectious tune made #8 in May 1985 (UK) and #9 in the U.S. It was originally released only in Canada in 1983, and featured on the band's debut album which was also entitled Walking On Sunshine. However, the song was re-recorded for the album Katrina & The Waves which reached #28 in the UK album charts and was the band's only Top 40 album.
"Walking On Sunshine" remains a big royalty earner for the band due to its usage in adverts and lots of airplay. Some sources suggest that the band have raked in around $1 million per year in recent years.
The follow-up single "Do You Want Crying" only managed a dismal #96 in the UK, but reached #29 in Canada and #37 in the U.S. The band did have one more hit singles in Britain during the 1980s with "Sun Street", which reached No.22 in 1986.
The band's fourth Album, Waves, would only reach No.70 in the UK (No.49 in the U.S.), with the only major hit single from the album being "Sun Street". Lead single "Is That It?" reached No.82.
The band would have to wait until 1997 for another big hit, when "Love Shine a Light" reached No.3 in 1997 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest.
After the band failed to follow-up their Eurovision winner with any further hits, Katrina left the band in 1998. The band tried and failed several times to replace Katrina, and disbanded in 1999.
In 2010, the band celebrated the 25th anniversary of the song by releasing a re-recorded version of the song, a number of back catalogue re-issues were also released.
During July 2013, Katrina performed with The Waves at the Spanish San Fermin Festival for the penultimate gig of the season on Plaza Del Castillo.