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THE COMMODORES – Easy (Like Sunday Morning)

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THE COMMODORES – Easy (Like Sunday Morning)

What are the Commodores talking about in this record? Certainly in the mid-eighties when the track got hijacked (much like hijacking a hot-air balloon) by the Halifax Building Society the consensus was that Sunday mornings are chilled, everyone asleep, yuppies in loft flat, buying milk for cats sort of things. This was nonsense: in the mid-eighties you would be hard pushed to find a shop open on a Sunday morning selling milk. Anyone who has been to a Catholic service on a Sunday morning will tell you there is nothing easy about the hellfire and brimstone services often doled out for elevenses.

So what was the band with the original man with Orange for a surname in pop talking about? As far as I’m concerned I haven’t even seen a Sunday morning to note how easy it is. If they had said “Easy (Like An Eighteen Year Old Girl From Leeds Drinking Southern Comfort In Ritzy’s)” I would have known exactly what they meant. But instead the story of Easy is one of inter band rivalry. For when Lionel Ritchie croons that he is easy like Sunday morning, he does not mean the time between 4am and 12pm. He does not even mean the bit of time after midnight Saturday which most people consider as an extension of Saturday night but is strictly Sunday morning – and is oddly when a large number of people become easier due to excessive alcohol. But Ritchie is talking of none of these. He is not even talking about how easy the blind girl in Hello was – though she must have been to let Ritchie get away with following up that greeting with the thoroughly insensitive “Is it me you’re looking for”.

Nope, the Commodores are actually putting a sly dig in at everybodies favourite cause of art music wankery – The Velvet Underground. Whilst the Commodores had wrassled out hits like Three Times A Lady and other soft soaped mid seventies Motown slushfests, they felt they were not taken seriously. Unlike the VU who got most of their kudos from having known a bloke with Einstein hair and a German bird. Hence thid attack at the kiddy piano snoozeathon that is Sunday Morning. Which like Perfect Day, Last Great American Whale and everything else Lou Reed has had a hand in (except Heroin) is about taking heroin. Probably. The soul singers felt that they could have written a song like Sunday Morning with a mouth full of gravel and a selection of Fisher Price instruments. Which is pretty much what it sounds like. Wheras they write a soulful ballad about someone changing sex three times (or is it five times becaue she would have to change into a man twice) and people laughed at them. Funny that.

What The Commodores never understood was that their very name consigned them to their critical mauling. The name being a combination of:
a) The Comode : Victorian toilet in a wooden box
b) The Doors: Sixties toilet in a wooden box. (At least Jim Morrison is).


  1. 1
    Will on 9 Nov 2006 #

    Jesus you talk some shit!!

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    bob on 8 Feb 2007 #

    gosh i love that song…how dare you say that well i guess your entitled to your right as i am to mine mine to say that your lousy and cant seem to use both sides of your brain…..

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    Celing Dancer on 8 Feb 2007 #

    kommode is TWO M’s NOT one maybe you get spelling lesson before you take vain name of Lionel Ritchie I not be surprised if he slams piano lid down on your fingers hard next time he see you in shop for chips!

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    steve on 31 May 2007 #

    what is the meaning behind “Three Times a Lady” Commodores hit?

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    sam on 24 Feb 2008 #

    Although I found your STYLE of writing hilarious, the subject matter, on the other hand, makes me wonder who is really EASY LIKE HEROIN ON A TOILET IN A WOODEN BOX … mmmm … !?

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    Thomas in Korea on 4 Nov 2008 #

    Man! You write some funny shit. :)

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    Tay in LA on 2 Aug 2009 #

    3. Celing Dancer † on February 8th 2007 kommode is TWO M’s NOT one maybe you get spelling lesson before you take vain name of Lionel Ritchie I not be surprised if he slams piano lid down on your fingers hard next time he see you in shop for chips!

    Celing Dancer, thanks for a wonderful laugh out loud this easy Sunday morning. Slams piano lid down on your fingers hard…..I LOVE IT !!!

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    TERRY WRIGHT on 18 Feb 2012 #


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