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Out Of The Vault: Summer Songs – June 8, 2013

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Alice Cooper – SCHOOL’S OUT - "School's Out", also known as "School's Out for Summer" is a 1972 title track single released on Alice Cooper's fifth album.  Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, "What's the greatest three minutes of your life?". Cooper said: "There's two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you're just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there. The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you're sitting there and it's like a slow fuse burning. I said, 'If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it's going to be so big.'"  Cooper has also said it was inspired by a line from a Bowery Boys movie. The lyrics of "School's Out" indicate that not only is the school year ended for summer vacation, but ended forever, and that the school itself has been blown up. It incorporates the childhood rhyme, "No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks" into its lyrics. It also featured children contributing some of the vocals.

The Alarm – RAIN IN THE SUMMETIME - The Alarm are an alternative rock/New Wave band that formed in Rhyl, North Wales in 1981. Initially formed as a punk band 'The Toilets' under lead singer Mike Peters the band soon embraced rock, displaying marked influences from Welsh language and culture. By opening for acts such as U2 and Bob Dylan, they became a popular alternative rock band of the 1980s, retaining a loyal following to the present day.  Theoir later album Strength was a UK success, and brought them into the Top 40 of the US Billboard 200 album chart for the first time.  The Alarm took a break after the supporting tour, but returned in 1987 with Eye of the Hurricane and landed a tour slot supporting Bob Dylan. They also had a hit single in the UK in 1987 with "Rain in the Summertime" (from Eye of the Hurricane), which gave them their second best placing on the UK chart.

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The Doors – WAITING FOR THE SUN – is a song a song by The Doors from their 1970 album, Morrison Hotel (sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Café from the title of the first side of the LP, whose second side is titled Morrison Hotel) is The Doors' fifth album. It was released in 1970. After their experimental work The Soft Parade was not as well-received as anticipated, the group went back to basics and back to their roots. On this album, there is a slight steer toward blues, which would be fully explored by the band on their next album, L.A. Woman. The strategy worked; even though no major hit singles were drawn from the album, Morrison Hotel reestablished The Doors as favorites of the critics, peaking at #4 on the US album chart, and when they followed with L.A. Woman the next year, they were rewarded with two more US Top 20 hits. The album also became the band's highest charting studio album in the UK, where it peaked at #12.  Additional musicians include John Sebastian (credited as "G. Puglese," for contractual reasons) on harmonica and Lonnie Mack on bass and guitar.

Blondie – IN THE SUN – from the LP:  Blondie - the eponymous debut album by American new wave band Blondie, released in 1976 on Private Stock Records.  This live version was takne from the CD "Picture This Live - 1978-1980".  Recorded in Dallas, TX, 1980.

Violent Femmes – BLISTER IN THE SUN - "Blister in the Sun" is a song by the American alternative rock band Violent Femmes, originally released on their 1983 self-titled debut album.

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Janis Joplin – SUMMERTIME – "Summertime" is an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, although the song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP.  The song soon became a popular and much recorded jazz standard, described as "without doubt... one of the finest songs the composer ever wrote....Gershwin's highly evocative writing brilliantly mixes elements of jazz and the song styles of African-Americans in the southeast United States from the early twentieth century." Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has characterized Heyward's lyrics for "Summertime" as some of "the best lyrics in the musical theater". The song is recognized as one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, with more than 33,000 covers by groups and solo performers. .In September 1936, a recording by Billie Holiday was the first to hit the US pop charts, reaching #12. Other notable recordings include Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company on the 1968 album Cheap Thrills.

Sly & The Family Stone – HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME - "Hot Fun in the Summertime" is a 1969 song recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. The single was released in the wake of the band's high-profile performance at Woodstock, which greatly expanded their fanbase. Thematically, "Hot Fun in the Summertime" is a dedication to the fun and games to be had during the summer. "Hot Fun in the Summertime" was intended to be included on an in-progress album with "Everybody Is a Star" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"; the LP was never completed, and the three tracks were instead included on the band's 1970 Greatest Hits LP.

Don Henley – THE BOYS OF SUMMER – "The Boys of Summer" is a song released in 1984 by former Eagles vocalist and drummer Don Henley, with lyrics written by Henley and music composed by Henley and Mike Campbell.  It is the lead track and first single from Henley's 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast and reached the top five in the United States as well as the top position on the Top Rock Tracks chart. The song's music video won many awards. "The Boys of Summer" was also performed live by Henley with the reunited Eagles; such a version is included on the group's 2005 Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne DVD.

The Lovin’ Spoonful – SUMMER IN THE CITY – "Summer in the City" is a song recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful, written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian and Steve Boone.  It appeared on their album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1966, for three consecutive weeks. The song features a series of car horns during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ends up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impression of the sounds of the summer in the city. The signature keyboard part is played on a Hohner Pianet, and the organ is a Vox Continental

Elvis Costello – THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER – From Mighty Like A Rose, the 13th studio album by Elvis Costello, released in 1991 on compact disc. The title is presumably a reference to the pop standard "Mighty Lak' a Rose", and although that song does not appear on the album, the words of its first stanza are quoted in the booklet of the 2002 reissue. It peaked at No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart, and at No. 55 on the Billboard 200.  The lead single, "The Other Side of Summer", peaked at No. 43 on the UK Singles Chart.

Bruce Springsteen – GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES - "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" is a song by American recording artist Bruce Springsteen, from his album Magic.  Matched with a pop-oriented melody, Springsteen's full-throated singing, and a pop-orchestral arrangement, the lyric portrays a series of warm small-town vignettes.  "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" has been cited as a singularly "breezy" song on the album, though A. O. Scott of The New York Times notes: "Not that 'Girls in Their Summer Clothes' is untouched by melancholy. Its narrator, after all, stands and watches as the girls of the title 'pass me by.'"

Mary Cutrufello – SUNNY DAY – Saint Paul, MN-based Mary Cutrufello has been hailed as a Texas honky-tonk heroine, a fiery Midwestern roots-rocker, and a powerhouse acoustic performer in her more than 20 years in the music business. Connecticut-raised and Yale-educated, she's made records showcasing all of those facets of her identity as her musical journey has taken her from the East Coast to Houston and now to Minnesota.  She has been referred to as “Bruce Springsteen with dreadlocks”.

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The Beatles – GOOD DAY SUNSHINE - "Good Day Sunshine" is a song by the Beatles on the 1966 album Revolver. It was written mainly by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Richie Unterberger of allmusic said the song "radiates optimism and good vibes" and Ian MacDonald said it is "superbly sung by McCartney and exquisitely produced by George Martin and his team" and that it shows the Beatles "at their effortless best."  The song was recorded on 8 June 1966, with overdubs added the following day.  McCartney sang the lead vocal and played piano, accompanied by Ringo Starr on drums, and then overdubbed the bass guitar.  Lennon and George Harrison add harmony vocals during the choruses. George Martin played the piano solo, recorded with the tape recorder running slower than usual, and thus in the released version the solo sounds faster than it was actually played.

Eddie Cochran – SUMMERTIME BLUES - "Summertime Blues" is a song co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written in the late 1950s by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a number-one hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer.

 

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Bruce Springsteen – CALIFORNIA SUN - "California Sun", is a song credited to Henry Glover and Morris Levy. Originally recorded by the 35-year-old New Orleans-born singer-songwriter Joe Jones, and released by EMI in the winter of 1961, it peaked at #89 on the charts.  It has been covered numerous times, The most successful version, The Rivieras' in 1964, reached #5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Crickets recorded their version for their LP of the same name in 1964.