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Song, Sol and Summer – Great Sunny Day Songs

With summer potentially peeking out from behind the clouds, and ELM looking forward to sitting in beer gardens in silly sunhats, we thought we’d take a look at some songs which sound superb in sunny weather. I promise no Hold Steady (though you could do worse than ‘Massive Nights’.)

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

In all honesty, I just don’t trust people who don’t like the Clash. It just isn’t right. Nothing screams summer more than this joyous reggae riot. You WILL skank to this, guaranteed.

Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up

I’m not a huge Primal Scream fan, but you can’t whack this euphoric indie-soul stomper. Effortlessly groovy.

The Ramones – California Sun

The world’s best live cartoon deliver a tune as evocative as anything Brian Wilson ever did. Contains the line ‘I shimmy a little shimmy.’ COME ON!

New Order – Regret

A gorgeous riff and Barney’s airy vocals make this a surprisingly great tune to get sunburned to. Top of the Pops thought so too, and showed them playing it from the beach where they recorded ‘Baywatch.’ Knobs in speedos abounded. Literally.

CSS – Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above

Oh, Lovefoxx, you lovely little Brazillian hottie, you. Band put together a pulsating disco rattle which bleeps and bloops to a gyrating climax. You need a beer after to cool down.

The Afghan Whigs – Somethin’ Hot

A sneering, leering soul song which sounds as though it is about to reach out of the speakers and fuck you then and there. This, Miss Aguilera, is dirrrrty.

Ride – Twisterella

The Creation band that time forgot, people forget that when My Bloody Valentine were bleeding the label dry in 1991, Ride’s album ‘Nowhere’ quietly sold 100,000 copies and brought in valuable cash. More known for six-minute widdly workouts – shoegazing, for want of a better word – this little pop gem was just the perfect single. Main man and guitarist Andy Bell now plays bass for Oasis as there is more money in it. Sad.

The Knack – My Sharona

Purely for the extended guitar break which couldn’t be more summery if it was a donkey ride and a melting ice cream. I defy you not to air guitar to it. Ludicrous.

The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow

Currently whoring Sony TV’s in the latest Bravia advert, it’s actually an apt choice; it’s just a riotous explosion of colour and texture. Almost perfect.

Tahiti 80 – Don’t Misunderstand Me

A French band so irresistable and poppy that they would have stopped Gargamel chasing Smurfs. A smooth and lovely piece of sunshine, it’s a disgrace that the Feeling sell millions and they don’t

Kudos to me for avoiding ‘Here Comes the Summer’, ‘Summer In The City’ and ‘Sunny Afternoon’, I feel! Great records all mind. So roll on summer, I fancy a choc ice and a skinny dip.


6 Responses

  1. Fantasic Plasic Machine’s cover of Eurythmic’s “there must be an angel” is 4minutes 30seconds of brazilian carnival. Made me dance a little in the office lift this morning.

  2. Anything which can do that has GOT to be good!

  3. Summer os so overrated! But if one must go through the trials of hot weather, inappropriately dressed working class types and the like then I suggest:

    Morbid Angel, Skyclad, Upsidedown Cross or Slayer.

  4. Bertrand, I’m a winter boy normally, but I’m ready for some soooooooonsheeeeiyyne!

  5. What about “Holidays In the Sun” by the pistols?? Always makes me think of sunny days and getting chased around Airdrie by neds.
    Also, any Teenage Fanclub album…..great for driving to of a sunny day. And I’m not a big fan.
    And the Style Council……eeeer……maybe not.

  6. The Fannies were close to the final cut, I must say.

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