Tuesday, 29 December 2009

“So I love that summer song” – a few of the sounds of summer

Summer time, and the living is easy. Fish are jumping, and the music is fine. See what I mean:


Bix Beiderbecke – “Singing the Blues”

Louis Armstrong: “Lonesome”/”Summer Song”

Jimi Hendrix: “Long Hot Summer Night”

Herbie Hancock: “Butterfly” (Part 1 of 2)

Martha and the Vandellas: “Heatwave”

Alice Cooper: ''School's Out''

The Lovin' Spoonful: ''Summer in the City''

Martha and the Vandellas: ''Dancing in the Street''

The Kinks: “Sunny Afternoon”

Katrina & the Waves: “Walking on Sunshine”

The Stranglers: “Peaches”

Heitor Villa-Lobos: “Bachianas Brasileiras, No. 5”

Otis Redding: “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”

Lily Allen: “Smile”

Eddy Grant – “Feel My Love”

Too Darn Hot – Ella Fitzgerald

Louis Armstrong & his Hot Five: “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue”

Karita Mattila: “Il Bailero” from Canteloube’s “Chants d’Auvergne”

Luciano Pavarotti: “Volare”

Hello Sailor: “Lyin’ in the Sand”

Coup d’Etat: “Dr, I Like Your Medicine”

''All I Wanna Do'' Sheryl Crow

War: ''Summer''

Ralph Vaughan Williams: “The Lark Ascending”

Peggy Lee: “Fever”

Eddie Cochran: “Summertime Blues”

Billie Holiday: “Summertime”

Antoni Vivaldi: “Summer (excerpt” from “The Four Seasons”

Felix Mendelssohn: “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

The Other Side Of Summer - Elvis Costello

Yo La Tengo: “The Summer”

Violent Femmes: “Blister in the Sun”

Here Comes the Summer – Undertones

Ramones: “Rockaway Beach”

The Pogues: “Summer in Siam”

Canned Heat: “Going Up The Country”

Eric Burdon & War: ''Spill the Wine''

Beatles: “Here Comes the Sun”

Velvet Underground: “Who Loves the Sun”

Thin Lizzy: “Dancing in the Moonlight”

Robert Schumann: “Am Leuchtenden Sommermorgen”

Sola Rosa: “Humanised”

Teenage Fanclub: “Ain’t That Enough”

Bruce Paine, playing Francisco Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”

Buena Vista Social Club – Veinte Años

XTC: “Summer’s Cauldron”

XTC: “Grass”

Harry James: “By the Sleepy Lagoon”

Rodrigo: “Concerto de Aranjuez”

Renee Fleming singing Alban Berg’s “Sommertage”

Leontyne Price: “The Last Rose of Summer”


See, it is possible to have summer without it being polluted by the sounds of Grease, the Eagles and the Beach Boys.

So what else have you got?


  1. Graham Brazier is not on that video, Dr. I like your medicine. Did he just join the group after the recording of that song?

  2. "Did he just join the group after the recording of that song?"

    They were called "Coup D'etat" Formed by Hello Sailor guitarist Harry Lyon when Sailor band-mates parted ways for the first time in '79.

  3. Anything by Anika Moa - Wrestled with your angels, My old man, Dreams in my head etc...

    Moa is so much better than the vanilla pap that is/was Brooke Fraser.

  4. Sean Fitzpatrick30 Dec 2009, 12:30:00

    Yay - Dr I like your Medicine - one of the best kiwi pop tracks of the early 80'S :)

    @Ruth - trust me we have not heard the best from Brooke yet - I knew her personally when she was younger and she is capable of writing some very intense stuff. My guess is what she puts out now is heavily vetted by her record company.

  5. Hot in the city - Billy Idol

  6. Just about anything by Finley Quaye, particularly Love Gets Sweeter Every Day and Sunday Shining

  7. Some stuff here that reminded of what I hadn't listened to for a while. My vibe sensitive jiggly bits thank you. Spent a half day working off xmas myself by sitting, searching and dropping a few tunes onto this page:

    The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' Aaron Copland.

  8. Nice choices PC,

    Yo la tengo are playing in Wellington in February you know!


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    Nice to visit here.
    Happy nice day. Please visit me back


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