Summer is here – sort of – and it’s time to whip out some classic summer tunes.
X-Static team members have each selected five of their favourite summer-flavoured songs for you to download on your iPod to get in the mood for good times in the sun.
Reporter MATT MALONEY this week leads the charge with some classic and some questionable choices:
A good deal of time this summer will be spent on my deck, cranking my ever-growing monster music library from late morning to late evening – with the old 3am blast too.
Any enthusiastic music dilettante has a song for every occasion and might even have their funeral playlist sequenced.
Determined not to die this summer, here are a few songs you might expect to hear if I’m lounging around outside.
Higher Than The Sun – Primal Scream:
Having just seen this Scottish institution play in Melbourne recently, I’d say put all of their albums on this summer.
If you don’t have access to the extensive back catalogue, make sure you track down this song, off the 1991 breakthrough album Screamadelica.
Amongst the feelgood tracks, and downers, on that amazing release is this drifting house song about tripping out.
I challenge you not to be filled with warmth listening to this track.
“My soul’s an oasis higher than the sun”
Wild In The Streets – the Circle Jerks:
Keith Morris is a freaking legend and any album by this group can start a party.
Their songs were high-octane, energetic and frenetic and no song makes you want to guzzle a stubby – or start a riot – more than the song, Wild In The Streets.
“64 valiant, hand full of Valiums, couple of beers really do me right.”
Santeria – Sublime:
Like Primal Scream, every Sublime song works over summer.
A Sublime fan never grows tired of this song, particularly because it was the first single to be released after frontman Brad Nowell died.
If you are going to play this song this summer, you should probably just play the entire self-titled album – the band’s major label debut and swan song.
“What I really want to say I can’t define, well, it’s love that I need.”
Surfin Dead – The Cramps:
There aren’t too many weeks when I don’t want to listen to The Cramps.
Over summer, the psychobilly band is in high rotation.
This song was a one-off track recorded for classic 80s film, Return Of The Living Dead, and has a beautifully off-beat sound suited perfectly for summer.
The opening line is classic Cramps too:
“Ah, my favourite brain soup – cream of nowhere”
Summer Rain – Belinda Carlisle:
For friends who already know my Xanadu obsession, this will come as no surprise: I love the 80s girl group, the Go Gos.
This song, performed when Belinda Carlisle went solo, is – to quote a colleague – “epic mega”.
Summer Rain is not played in pubs or at parties enough these days.
Please unearth it.
“Somewhere in my heart I’m always dancing with you in the summer rain.”
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