August 6

The Songs of Summer #66: ‘The Lonely Surfer’ by Jack Nitzsche

jack-nitzsche-lonely-surferJack Nitzsche…with a name like that, he’s gotta be good. And he was. Jack’s claim to fame was being the arranger, producer, scapegoat, and all-around right hand man to producer wunderkind Phil Spector. Spector’s patented ‘Wall of Sound‘ production style owes a great deal to the talents of Jack Nitzschke (among several others.) Today’s Song of Summer: Nitzsche’s classic surf instro, ‘The Lonely Surfer.’

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August 1

The Songs of Summer #62: ‘Surf Wax America’ by Weezer

weezer-surf-wax-americaToday’s song is my wife’s choice. I asked her flat out, “Should I go with The Beach Boys today, or Weezer?” Without hesitation, she said “That Weezer song you just played.” So if you’ve got a problem with Weezer, do not blame me. Or maybe just blame me a little bit.

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July 31

The Songs of Summer #61: ‘Blister in the Sun’ by Violent Femmes

violent-femmes-blister-in-the-sunOh yeah…A little Femmes to take us into the weekend sounds like a good idea, no? About today’s song, Rolling Stone magazine says, “This unlikely hit exploded like an over-ripe zit all over John Hughes America in the mid-Eighties.” Did any kid who experienced their teen years in the mid-80’s not love the Violent Femmes? If there are any out there, I’m not aware of them. As soon as that acoustic guitar riff starts, everybody in my generation knows exactly what’s going on. There weren’t many other musical acts quite like the Violent Femmes; a frustrated, sex-obsessed, snot-nosed trio who jammed on acoustic instruments…Were they punk? Folk? Folk Punk? Surf Folk? Surf Punk? I didn’t know. I only knew that they were different, and that they had that one song with the ‘F’ word in it….and to this day, ‘Blister in the Sun‘ is still in my opinion one of the great songs of summer.

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July 30

The Songs of Summer #60: ‘I Want Candy’ by The Strangeloves

strangeloves-i-want-candy60! Two months give or take a day of nothing but the finest summertime songs from across the decades!! Today’s entry is another song that doesn’t have anything to do specifically with summer, but it’s a summer song nevertheless. Why? Because I say so, that’s why. Remember, this is my list? And I get to do things my way? Good.

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July 29

The Songs of Summer #59: ‘The Long Hot Summer’ by Jimmie Rodgers

the-long-hot-summer-jimmie-rodgersAnother moldy oldie for today’s Song of Summer…there’s one thing my Songs of Summer list is not, and that’s a daily string of today’s hit songs…Nope. Nothing against modern music, but I like my summer songs to span the decades. Does anybody else? Hard to say…. Today’s song is ‘The Long Hot Summer‘ by pop singer Jimmie Rodgers (not the Jimmie Rodgers (‘The Singing Brakeman’, of the same name; no relation even. In fact, this Jimmie Rodgers was born in the same year that the country legend Jimmie Rodgers died. Weird!) Our Jimmie Rodgers had a few hits in the late 1950’s; his biggest hit that anybody might recognize today was ‘Honeycomb‘ in 1957.

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