Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Explosion

Kat-Tail Records presents Summer Explosion, 21 songs as recorded by the original artists for a limited time only. Summer's in full glorious swing, homercat is turning into an older fart this summer and I still haven't located any new K-Tel records to rip. All of this makes it a great time for one of my special compilations in honor of the late great K-Tel records. This edition includes some of the best summer songs ever as interpreted by homercat. I've compiled 21 here and will take constructive criticism for any gems I may have missed. Maybe you may want to share your feelings on a personal fave summer song in the comments. Feel free as it makes for some great reading and conversation for everyone. Actually I could have compiled 40 personal favorites in a heartbeat, yet that wouldn't be in the K-Tel spirit. My Kat-Tail compilation will not contain any Beach Boys songs as that is just too easy a choice, and yes I know Jan and Dean should have been on here too. I want other, different representation of summer songs. A classic summer song doesn't even have to be about summer, although that helps. The best summer song has a certain vibe and attitude. Maybe it brings back an old memory of a past summer with fond memories as is usually the case.

The lead off track here is probably the best summer song ever recorded, by War (not the Beach Boys), simply titled Summer. War was one of the most popular funk groups of the '70s. Just hearing any War song makes you think of summer. Low Rider, Spill the Wine, and The Cisco Kid are just a few examples of songs with that summer feel. Maybe it's the melding of soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock into an effortless funky groove that does the trick. Their music almost always had a sunny, laid-back vibe mirroring their Southern California roots. War kept the groove loose. Summer came out in 1976 and it turned out to be War's final Top Ten pop hit. Everytime I hear this song it just makes me want to do some chillaxion. Smooth grooves. It has been a tradition at Good Rockin' to feature this song at the beginning of every summer.  Being that we're at the midpoint, I just made this compilation instead.  Fall will be swooping down upon us before you know it, so grab the Explosion, get together with some friends and some barley pop and take time out this weekend to truly enjoy summer and these Kat-Tail classics.


Artist- Title
War- Summer
Everclear- AM Radio
Shaggy- In The Summertime
Sparks- Cool Places
The First Class- Beach Baby
The Undertones- Here Comes the Summer
The Fat Boys & the Beach Boys- Wipe Out
Chicago- Saturday in the Park
Seals and Crofts- Summer Breeze
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts- Everyday People
Clint Holmes- Playground in my Mind
Jimmy Buffett- Summerzcool
Three Dog Night- Shambala
The Sweet- Fox On The Run
Chad & Jeremy- A Summer Song
Lighthouse- Sunny Days
Cheap Trick- Hot Love
Electric Light Orchestra- Summer And Lightning
Doug and the Slugs- St. Laurent Summer
Billy Idol- Summer Running
The Kinks- Summer's Gone (Extended Edit)

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slash5969 said...

"All Summer Long" by Kid Rock. While I'm not a Kid Rock fan, this song still evokes plenty of summertime memories.

mark said...

Great stuff. Thanks, HC!

Rich said...

"Dancing in the Street" by the Mamas and the Papas. Not so much a "rock" classic, but it evokes summer for me because of one hot summer night in the late 60s at a street dance.