Saturday, August 21, 2010

summer songs redux

livejournal's question of the day asks what the three all-time best summer songs are.

before getting into my top three, i have a weird concept of summer songs. i know i had an entry last summer about my summer songs for every summer since 1997...and most of them aren't bouncy and "summery" so much as snapshots of where my life stood during those particular summers. this summer's song is no different; i'm pretty well sure that "reclusion" by anberlin is marked indelibly as the song of summer 2010, and that's yet another anthem for the irreparably screwed-up.

counting this, i have fourteen "summer songs"...and among those, here are my top three. they're in no particular order, since they all make my list for such different reasons:
  • Summer of 2009: "Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel" by Barenaked Ladies -- as much as people associate Barenaked Ladies with fun, poppy, happy tunes...i think they do the plaintive and depressing so much better. and, it doesn't hurt that i'm reminded of HAR every time i listen to this song; any song that takes me back to a hacker camp in a remote area of The Netherlands has an almost unfair advantage for any list of summer songs.
  • Summer of 1998: "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger -- this song is happier than i have any business listening to, but whenever the music at the nerd camp dances that summer was bad, one of my friends and i would hit the dance floor, sing this song as loud as we possibly could, and dance to it instead.
  • Summer of 2005: "Time To Waste" by Alkaline Trio -- the seamless weaving between the piano riff in the beginning and the guitars is awesome. seriously, i'm a sucker for that kind of thing...if i had to pick a favourite song ever, it would be "She Said" by Cold, which pulls the same kind of trick [but, unfortunately, can't be on this list because it's not indelibly tied to a summer.] this song is an awesome ode to having to deal with really, really screwed up people.

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