Sounds Like Summer – Day Ten: Gorillaz, B52s, First Class, Springsteen & Tommy Dorsey

It’s been interesting looking at the choices across the last two weeks – some have leant more towards literal mentions of sun and summer (even in the artist’s name), others have just felt summery, yet more (some of Sindy and my choices) may be songs that we personally have a strong summer association with and this last choice from me falls very much into that category. On my first trip to Hong Kong seven years ago this month I took the tram up to Victoria Peak to look out over the city. Flicking idly through my iPod menu I noticed I had … Continue reading Sounds Like Summer – Day Ten: Gorillaz, B52s, First Class, Springsteen & Tommy Dorsey

Sounds Like Summer – Day nine: Faithless, Primal Scream, Donna Summer, Friends Again, Farmers Boys & Texas

Only two choices left – I had better not waste them! Yesterday had a definite reggae theme to it and we seem to have covered most genres so far in our summer playlist, but no dance music that I can recall, so to add to the mix, here is Sun To Me by Faithless. In many ways they are the creators of EDM – the problem is that despite half the chart still being based on the structure of Insomnia, no one has yet improved on the original formula. Meanwhile EDM ‘live’ seems to comprise of DJ’s bouncing around behind … Continue reading Sounds Like Summer – Day nine: Faithless, Primal Scream, Donna Summer, Friends Again, Farmers Boys & Texas

Sounds Like Summer – Day Eight: Aswad, Bob Marley, The Cimarons, Sunpie Barnes, 10cc & The Jam

After three years of blogging on this site this could – I think – be the first medley to be posted. To many people I guess Aswad are best known for their late 80s pop period, but when I was growing up in West London in the late seventies they, along with the Clash were the two ‘local’ cutting edge Westway bands mixing music and politics. This is a live recording from their legendary 1983 appearance at the Notting Hill Carnival.  Roy was nominating Thin Lizzy’s Live & Dangerous as the greatest live album of all time last week. Well, Aswad’s … Continue reading Sounds Like Summer – Day Eight: Aswad, Bob Marley, The Cimarons, Sunpie Barnes, 10cc & The Jam

Sounds Like Summer – Day 7: Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Nina Simone, Bomba Estereo, Stevie Wonder & The Waterboys

To get today underway I am going to run some Fun Lovin’ Criminals up the flag pole and see who salutes. This is ‘Up On The Hill’ the lead track from their second, much mellower album, 100% Columbian.  I could have gone for the lead single, Love Unlimited, which has more of an urban feel, but decided that this had a more hazy feel to it. When they did it live at Glastonbury in 98 the BBC understandably took the opportunity to show lots of hazy shots of Glasonbury Tor, which sticks in my mind (rather like Elbow’s post thunderstorm sunset … Continue reading Sounds Like Summer – Day 7: Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Nina Simone, Bomba Estereo, Stevie Wonder & The Waterboys

Sounds Like Summer – Day Six: Minnie Ripperton, Slowdive, Vampire Weekend, The Lotus Eaters and Lighthouse Family

After a weekend respite to make the most of the endless rain and grey skies in the UK, we are back with day six of our seemingly ironically named ‘Sounds Like Summer’ which I am going to start by throwing into the ring for your consideration ‘Les Fleurs’ by Minnie Ripperton. A flop at the time (1970), but possibly along with ‘Lovin You’ – As used by The Orb – her most enduring and influential track. Whilst the verses could be argued to be springlike, the chorus is a summer explosion of choral joy. Music to watch raindrops run down … Continue reading Sounds Like Summer – Day Six: Minnie Ripperton, Slowdive, Vampire Weekend, The Lotus Eaters and Lighthouse Family

Sounds Like Summer – Day Five: The Beloved, Roy Orbison, Bobby Goldsboro, Elbow & The Surfaris

I’ll get day five underway with The Beloved. However it’s not The Beloved you may have been expecting.  I played The Sun Rising to death at the time, but for me ‘It’s Alright’ is far more summery and reminds me of early 90s holidays. This is the single version and the video works well – standing on the tube whilst dreaming of hot air balloons. However do also check out the extended version on Blissed Out, one of the best remixes ever in my humble opinion. Summer haze Find you woken up and it’s a brand new day Time for back … Continue reading Sounds Like Summer – Day Five: The Beloved, Roy Orbison, Bobby Goldsboro, Elbow & The Surfaris

Sounds Like Summer – Day Four: XTC, The Rattlers, Thin Lizzy, Isley Brothers & Curtis Mayfield

Given that we have no less than five regular contributors at the moment, I’m going to have to play the Lizzy card now, for fear of being gazumped later in the process. So here to kick off the Day 4 playlist is Dancing In The Moonlight.  This has to be the ultimate summer bassline and actually inspired me to buy a bass guitar and then fail to learn how to play it. Or indeed anything else. Apologies for the less than HD quality of this 240p video but it’s haziness does add to the feeling that, as Phil shouts towards … Continue reading Sounds Like Summer – Day Four: XTC, The Rattlers, Thin Lizzy, Isley Brothers & Curtis Mayfield