Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Summer sounds

High summer at last, Robin Thicke's BLURRED LINES may be the infectious sound of the summer (just how ironic/sexist is that video or lyrics?) - along with Daft Punk's GET LUCKY, Pharrell has certainly been busy, as has Nile Rodgers - his CHIC compilation is a treat, all those great tracks on one album, plus the new Pet Shop Boys on Monday - ELECTRIC, we can't wait. So, lets have a jug of Pimms and get the music going....

I was compiling a playlist of hot summer tracks, and songs from way back that remind one of those summers we used to have. It went something like this:

Groove Is In The Heart - Deee Lite
Summer In The City - Lovin Spoonful (Warm Baby - is their winter song)
Sunglasses At Night - Tiga
On The Road Again - Canned Heat
Night In The City & Chelsea Morning - Joni Mitchell
Hot Summer Nights - Marianne Faithfull
Summertime (I like Nina Simone's version best)
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Running Around Town - Billie Ray Martin (12 minute remix)
Nothing Really Matters - Madonna (13 minute remix) + Don't Tell Me, Impressive Instant.
Dancing in The City - Marshall Hain
Back To the Night - Joan Armatrading
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry - Leon Russell
Stranger In a Strange Land - Leon Russell
Riders on the Storm & Waiting For The Sun - The Doors
Sunshine Of Your Love & White Room - Cream
Need Your Love So Bad - Fleetwood Mac
I'd Rather Go Blind - Chicken Shack
Laughed At The Judge - Grease Band
40,000 Headmen & Feeling Alright - Traffic
Rock & Roll Heart - Eric Clapton
Paradise & I Cherish The Day -  Sade
Pure Pleasure Seeker - Moloko
Finally - Ce Ce Peniston
Sun Rising Up - Deux
Brighter Days - Dejae
Where Love Lives - Alison Limerick
Big Fun - Inner City - their whole album still counts
Back To Life & Keep On Moving - Soul II Soul
Say I'm Your Number One - Princess
Gotta Save Your Love For Your Number One - Rene & Angela & Kurtis Blow, 
Thinking About Your Love - Skipworth & Turner (I had a great night out with them in Brighton in 1985)
and I must grab those Hed Kandi 'Back To Love' compilations for tracks like T-empo's Saturday Night, Sunday Morning or Young Disciples' Apparantly Nothing ....
Then there's all the Ibiza chillouts, I will be happy with my A Man Called Adam ("Barefoot In The Head", "Duende" and "Space, Ibiza") collections, or the Groove Armada compilations, plus the Global Underground deep funk series.
Fond memories of those A Man Called Adam Friday nights at Heaven, chatting to the group's Sally Rodgers; or the Miami funk duo MURK (Funky Green Dogs) also raising the roof at Heaven, what a night that was, and 4 or 5 Pet Shop shows, including that great Savoy residency in '97. 

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