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Any Major Summer Vol. 1

January 16th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

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While most readers of this obscure corner of the Internet are freezing their arses off in their winter climes, we denizens of the southern hemisphere are in the midst of summer. So, for the readers in Australia, South Africa, Brazil (where there are quite a few readers; E aí, tudo certo?)  and possibly New Zealand, here is a mix to get us into the summer groove. And for my friends in the North, I hope this mix will warm you up with the idea of summer.

I think I might have three or four good mixes on the theme, so please don’t bombard me with complaints about how I could possibly have omitted this or that tune. The groundrules are that the songs must be about summer or set in summer. “Heatwave” isn’t about summer, so it won’t feature, nor will “Walking On Sunshine”, nor “It’s June In January” (though if you’re in Europe or the US, listening to this ix might create the illusion that it is indeed June in January).

One song that makes no reference to summer but does feature is “Groovin’”; it is inconceivable that the Sunday afternoon on which the groovin’ is taking place falls into any other season but summer.

With one exception, I will follow my usual rule of not duplicating an artist in a series; the exemption here is obvious: I cannot possibly choose only one Beach Boys song. So the Wilson brothers and their pals and cousin will feature on all mixes. The first of these is an anachronistic call by Mike Love to the band to return to the cars, beach and girls tropes of earlier years, released in 1968 (Cousin Mike famously was not a fan of Brian’s innovations)! And often summer is a bit like that: it evokes memories of more innocent, happier times which we cannot hope to recapture; times when the sun shone every day, even if it didn’t.

In case anybody wonders: the version of the War song is the longer LP version; the Style Council’s “Long Hot Summer” is the single version.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-tanned covers. PW in passwords.

1. The Beach Boys – Do It Again (1968)
2. Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967)
3. Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City (1966)
4. Chicago – Saturday in the Park (1972)
5. War – Summer (1976)
6. Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (1976)
7. Osibisa – Sunshine Day (1975)
8. Kool & the Gang – Summer Madness (1974)
9. Ronnie McNeir – In Summertime (1972)
10. The Style Council – Long Hot Summer (1983)
11. Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun (1983)
12. Blondie – In The Sun (1976)
13. Ramones – Rockaway Beach (1977)
14. Weezer – Island In The Sun (2001)
15. The Lilac Time – Jeans + Summer (2001)
16. Carly Simon – Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night) (1987)
17. Johnny Rivers – Summer Rain (1967)
18. Loudon Wainwright III – The Swimming Song (1974)
19. Joni Mitchell – The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975)
20. Chad & Jeremy – A Summer Song (1964)
21. The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk (1964)
22. Joe Jones – California Sun (1961)
23. Ann Cole – Summer Nights (1958)
24. The Shangri-Las – Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) (1964)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    January 16th, 2014 at 07:56 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. bostig
    January 16th, 2014 at 08:53 | #2

    Thanks. Just what I needed as it is snowing in stockholm, sweden.

  3. courtney
    January 17th, 2014 at 22:24 | #3

    Nice assortment…can’t wait to hear more such tunes to chase the chillblains away here in the Sunny South of the USA…

  4. Bruce
    January 18th, 2014 at 21:47 | #4

    Thanks for the summer mixtape. Perfect to play
    in Auckland NZ, forecast temp today 25C!
    Cheers
    BMinNZ

  5. Bernard Knight
    January 18th, 2014 at 22:32 | #5

    Looks like a good mix to me if augmented by Jonathan Richmonds’ “That Summer Feeling” and to close the Doors’ “Summers almost gone”.

  6. halfhearteddude
    January 19th, 2014 at 09:42 | #6

    “That Summer Feeling” is going to be on the second Summer mix, Bernard. I’ll add the Doors song to my shortlist for the yet to be compiled third mix.

  7. Bernard Knight
    January 20th, 2014 at 04:22 | #7

    Wow, great quick response & will look forward to those. Thanks for all the work and getting out such good stuff. You will not go unrewarded (somewhere?).

  8. Horst
    January 21st, 2014 at 12:04 | #8

    Du bist so gemein, Halfhearted!

  9. halfhearteddude
    January 21st, 2014 at 14:52 | #9

    Just trying to warm you up, Horst.

  10. Kevin Killion
    January 21st, 2014 at 18:40 | #10

    Excellent choices, with so many I hadn’t heard of. I was very surprised by “California Sun” by Joe Jones. Interesting! That needs to be added to your Index of the Originals, http://www.halfhearteddude.com/index-of-the-originals/ Thanks!

  11. Kevin Killion
    January 21st, 2014 at 18:46 | #11

    A few miscellaneous summer songs:
    All Summer Long Beach Boys
    The Boys Of Summer The Ataris
    California Sun Rivieras
    First Bratwurst of Summer Those Darn Accordions (great song!)
    Green Leaves Of Summer Peter & Gordon
    Hot Fun In The Summertime Sly And The Family Stone
    I Live For The Sun Sunrays
    I Live For The Sun Vanity Fare
    In The Summertime Mungo Jerry
    Indian Summer Doors
    Keep An Eye On Summer Brian Wilson
    Paper Sun Traffic
    Sausalito Summer Night Diesel
    See You In September The Happenings
    Summer In The City Lovin’ Spoonful
    Summer Means Fun Bruce & Terry
    Summer Means Fun [Japanese] The Three Funkys
    Summer Nights Head Like A Hole
    Summer Nights John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
    Summer Rain Johnny Rivers
    A Summer Song Chad & Jeremy
    Summer Wine Evan Dando & Sabrine Brooke
    Summer Wine Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
    Summer’s Almost Gone Doors
    Summer’s Comin’ Kirby St. Romain
    Summertime Big Brother & The Holding Company
    Summertime [long version] Billy Stewart
    Summertime Blues Blue Cheer
    Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
    Summertime Blues The Flying Lizards
    Summertime Blues Mick Farren
    Summertime Blues Who
    Summertime Summertime Jamies
    Summertime USA Pixies Three
    Sunny Afternoon The Kinks
    Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Nat King Cole
    Wonderful Summer Robin Ward
    Theme from “A Summer Place”

  12. dogbreath
    January 23rd, 2014 at 17:12 | #12

    We’re still waiting for Spring, never mind Summer, so this warming compilation will do nicely in the meantime. Many thanks for putting it out there for us.

  13. GarthJeff
    January 26th, 2014 at 10:45 | #13

    Many thanks AMDWHAH, we all really appreciate your continuous music contributions!!!
    From, Sunny South Africa

  14. Trod
    January 30th, 2014 at 22:13 | #14

    It was -10 in WV when I woke up, now it’s a balmy 30, and time for some Summer tunes!

  15. freddiejaye
    July 17th, 2014 at 17:50 | #15

    Just listened to this marvelous mix. So many different styles and approaches! And not a single retread of “Wipe Out.” :)

    My only (very minor) gripe is that “Summer Nights” wasn’t the set closer. It would make a great “last dance/goodnight” song for a summer party.

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