Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Songs

Wednesday marked the beginning of summer and we thought we’d ring in the season with some of our favorite summer songs. Chime in below, especially if you’ve got some tunes that you'd like to share.


Sublime - “Doin' Time”

This is a perfect summer song since it - on the surface, anyway - sums up what the season is all about - easy livin'.

What’s that, you say? Some of the lyrics are very unsettling? Moving on.

The Avett Brothers - “At The Beach”

This is a very fun song by The Avett Brothers complete with free firework sounds at the end. Although, don’t confuse this with with their other song “If It’s The Beaches”.

♫Summer, summer, summer time to help us forget, nine to fives/
We have got to leave all that behind♫

I couldn’t agree more.

Will Smith - “Miami”

Mr. Smith paints my hometown as a 24/7 melting pot of beaches, clubs and beautiful people and it makes me wanna take a trip down there right this second. Essential summer listening.

The Beach Boys - “Kokomo”

If this tune doesn’t make you wanna stick your feet in the sand and wrap your hand around a pina colada nothing will.

Mungo Jerry - “In The Summertime”

The quintessential summer song, in my opinion. Shall we go out for a ride and see what we can find?


Now that you’ve agreed to take a ride with us, let me spin you a summer tale using the lyrics from a few of my favorite summer related songs, as wells as lyrics from some other kick ass songs for the summer.

Len - “Steal My Sunshine”

“I was lying on the grass on Sunday morning of last week, indulging in myself defeat.”

Arctic Monkeys (featuring Richard Hawley & the Death Ramps) - “You & I”

“I had a woman, she went away and now I’m lonely, fuck it.”

A.A. Bondy - “Surfer King”

“And the surfer king will show me everything, in the great green flash of the evening.”

Band of Horses - “Weed Party”

“I am about to set this off. ‘Til the party is done”

Violent Femmes - “Blister in the Sun”

“When I'm walkin', I strut my stuff, man I'm so strung out. I'm high as a kite I just might stop to check you out.”

 Blink 182 - “Rock Show”

“I couldn't wait for the summer and the warped tour. I remember it's the first time that I saw her there.”

Sunbears - “A Lovely Afternoon in June”

“Only have to see you. Only have to blink and see you.”

The Zombies - “Time of the Season”

“It's the time of the season. When love runs high and this time, give it to me easy and let me try with pleasured hands.”

 Ryan Adams - “Firecracker”

“I just wanna be your firecracker and maybe be your baby tonight. Maybe be your baby tonight.”

Arctic Monkeys - “R U Mine?”

“Well, are you mine? (Are you mine tomorrow?) Are you mine? (Or just mine tonight?)”

Katrina and the Waves - “Walking on Sunshine”

“I feel the love, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real, I feel the love, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real.”

Weezer - “Island In The Sun”

“We’ll run away together. We’ll spend some time forever. We’ll never feel bad anymore.”

Delta Spirit - “Ode to Sunshine”

“The sun's got my shine. The sun's got my pride. I could run, but I'd never live without your light, live without your light, live without your light, live without your light.”

Richard Marx - “Endless Summer Nights”

“Summer came and left without a warning. All at once I looked and you were gone.”

Taking Back Sunday - “Summer, Man”

“The summer is over and I doubt, I doubt I'll be seeing you around.”

Michael Jackson - “Farewell My Summer Love”

“When you return to your hometown and you discuss your trip, will I be the guy that you put down or someone that you don't forget, no?”

Taking Back Sunday - “You’re So Last Summer”

“She said, don’t, don't let it go to your head, boys like you are a dime a dozen.”

Death Cab for Cutie - “Summer Skin”

“And I knew your heart I couldn't win, cause the season's change was a conduit and we'd left our love in our summer skin.”

Typhoon - “Summer Home”

“Can we wait for the summer again? Can we hold out for summer again?”


Ah, Summertime, such a sweet, sweaty, fun time.  A time to reflect on and move past winter woes and drink cold beer and wear less clothes and have kick ass parties and have a great, relaxing time.  For your listening pleasure, I’ve scanned my iTunes library for anything with “summer” in the title and compiled the following additions to an already kick ass list.  I hope this entire list has sparked memories of smiling, summer moments and wailing, wetty woes alike, and introduced you to some music that you may not have been aware of. If you're interested in anything you’ve heard here, drop us a line and we’d be happy to fill you in on some other, similar sounding stuff.  Enjoy the summer!

"This Ain’t the Summer of Love" – Blue Oyster Cult

"Summer Breeze" – Type O Negative

Just a cover of the Seals & Croft tune, but a dark and dirty version.  It was featured on the soundtrack for "I Know What You Did Last Summer" - probably not sweetening the deal by mentioning that, but its a good cover.  If you like dark and dirty that is.

"Lonesome Boring Summer" – 1, 2, 3

"Girls in Their Summer Clothes" – Bruce Springsteen

"Summer in the City" – The Lovin’ Spoonful

"Long Hot Summer Night" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

"Summertime Blues" – The Who

"White Summer/Black Mountain Side" – Led Zeppelin

"Summer ’68" – Pink Floyd

"Summertime" – Big Brother & the Holding Company

"Summer’s Almost Gone" – The Doors

"The Red Summer Sun" – Third Eye Blind

"Indian Summer" – Jonsi & Alex

"Summersong "– The Decemberists


  1. Oh John Stamos, not only do you sell a wonderful cup of yogurt, you play a mean bongo.

  2. That's a lot of music, going to check these out next few days...

    St. Lucia by St. Lucia is a good summer EP

    1. Chris - Glad we'll be keeping you busy. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for reading!

  3. Party in the city where the heat is on all night on the beach til the break of dawn. Gotta love it. And Kokomo, damn, that took me back. So much great stuff here, great compilation!