Chris Uggen's Blog: summer songs 2007

Sunday, June 03, 2007

summer songs 2007

lunching at the (sub)urban harvest today, i savored the season's first arnie palmer and talked music with esperanza. all in all, it seems like an ideal sunday to make a new list of summer songs. this year i've even added some youtube links where available.

although nothing in 2006 moved me like 2005's catch my disease, 2007 has gotten off to a more promising start. i'm still aiming for catchy songs that actually garner commercial radio airplay, but catchiness and popularity alone do not guarantee inclusion. for example, avril lavigne's chant-y new girlfriend will be inescapable this summer. nevertheless, esperanza has blacklisted ms. lavigne for betraying her true artistic self (those of my generation might recognize such sentiments as the liz phair phenomenon). aside from such personal betrayals, however, there are no "guilty" pleasures when it comes to summer songs. just relax and enjoy 'em -- and let me know what i'm missing!

2007. Rehab, by Amy Winehouse [i won't go, go, go]
2007. New Shoes, by Paulo Nutini [slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine]
2007. Time after Time, by *Quietdrive [i will be waaay-ting]
2006. Dani California, by Red Hot Chili Peppers [robbin' on a bank in the state of indiana]
2006. Crazy, by Gnarls Barkley [who do you, who do you think you are?]
2006. Hips don't Lie, by Shakira w/ Wyclef Jean [feel the conga]
2005. Feel Good, Inc., by Gorillaz [Laughing gas these hazmats]
Catch my Disease, by Ben Lee [I was backstage in Pomona...]
Mr. Brightside, by The Killers [She's touching his ... chest]
2005. Beverly Hills, by Weezer [wah-wah-wah-wah, wawawawa]

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2005. B.Y.O.B., by System of a Down [Dancing in the desert, Blowing up the sunshine]
Sugar, We're Goin' Down, by Fall Out Boy [But you're just a line in a song].
Jerk it Out, by Caesars [Swedepop: it's easy once you know how it's done]
2004: Hey-Ya, by Outkast [lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor]
I Believe in a Thing Called Love, by The Darkness [ooh! guitar!]
Swing Swing, by All-American Rejects [swing, swing from the tangles of]
2003: Where is the Love? by Black-Eyed Peas [addicted to the drama]
2003: Heavy Metal Drummer, by Wilco [
playing KISS covers, beautiful and]
2003: Ocean Avenue, by Yellowcard [sleeping all day, staying up all ni-ight]
2002: Days go By, by Dirty Vegas [you are still a whisper on my lips]
2001: Put a Little Love in It, by Ike Reilly [
before it brings you down]
2001: Lady Marmalade, by Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, and Mya [voulez vous coucher]
2000: California Stars, by Wilco [beneath a bed of California stars]
1999: Singing in my Sleep, by Semisonic [singing up to a Capulet]
1999: Nineteen, by Old '97s [finish up with high school, headed for a state school]
1998: Flagpole Sitta, by Harvey Danger [i'm not sick but i'm not well]
1998: La Femme D'Argent, by Air [
beautiful bassline]
1998: Sex and Candy, by *Marcy Playground [like disco lemonade]
1997: Impression that I Get, by Mighty Mighty Bosstones [never been tested]
1997: MMMbop, by Hanson [mmmbop, ba duba dop ba do bop]
1996: What I Got, by Sublime [i
don't get angry at the bills I have to pay]
1994: Fantastic Voyage, by Coolio [slide, slide, slippity-slide]
1994: Loser, by Beck [gettin' crazy with the cheese-whiz]
1993: Insane in the Brain, by Cypress Hill [insane in the membrane]
1992: Give it Away, by Red Hot Chili Peppers [lucky me swimmin' in my ability]
1992: Teen Angst, by Cracker [what the world needs now]
1992: Dyslexic Heart, by Paul Westerberg [thanks for the book, now my table is steady]
1991: Shiny, Happy, People, by REM [shiny happy people holding hands]
1991: Unbelievable, by EMF [
say to me i don't talk enough but when I do I'm a fool]
1991: Around the Way Girl, by LL Cool J. [i need that around the way girl]
1990: Groove is in the Heart, by Deee-Lite [dance and have some fun, dig]
1989: Mayor of Simpleton, by XTC [never been near a university]
1988: Sweet Child O' Mine, by Guns N' Roses [she's got eyes of the bluest skies]
1987: Just Like Heaven, by The Cure [kissed her face and kissed her head]
1985: Raspberry Beret, by *Prince [something about the clouds and her mixed]
1984: Love is the Law, by *The Suburbs [written on the wall, for everyone to see]
1983: Blister in the Sun, by The Violent Femmes [let me go wild]
1983: Atomic Dog, by George Clinton [
1982: Mexican Radio, by Wall of Voodoo [eating barbecued iguana]
1982: We got the Beat, by The Go-Gos [jump BA-yack!]
1981: Don't You Want Me? by The Human League [a waitress in a cocktail bar]
Upper Mississippi Shakedown, by *Lamont Cranston [got my car runnin']
1980: Crazy Little Thing Called Love, by Queen [ready Freddie]
1979: Cruel to be Kind, by Nick Lowe [love is bona fide, but that don't coincide]
1978: I Wanna be Sedated, by The Ramones [can't control my toes]
1978: Le Freak, by Chic [Nile Rodgers' chicka-chicka rhythm guitar]
1977: Car Wash, by Rose Royce [keep those rags and machines humming]
1976: Summer, by War [eight track playin' all your favorite sounds]
1976: Do Ya, by ELO [just to get a look to feel to touch her long black hair]
1975: Love Rollercoaster, by Ohio Players [say what?]
1974: Fox on the Run, by Sweet [O.K.! (O.K. O.K.) - you think you got a pretty face]
1972: Go all the Way, by The Raspberries [hold me close, don't ever let me go]
1972: Summer Breeze, by Seals & Crofts [blowin through jasmine in my mi-i-ind]
School's Out, by Alice Cooper [we got no class, and we got no princi-pals]
1971: Bang a Gong, by T-Rex [you've got the teeth of a hydra upon you]
1970: Venus, by The Shocking Blue [on mountain top, burning like a silver flame]
1970: Hawaii 5-0, by The Ventures [the drums, the guitars, and Jack Lord's hair]
1969: Hot Fun in the Summertime, by Sly and the Family Stone [Them summer days, those summer days]
1969: Cinnamon Girl, by Neil Young [i could be happy the rest of my life]
1968: Chain of Fools, by Aretha Franklin [chain-chain-chain...]

1967: Sweet Soul Music, by Arthur Conley [
do ya like good music?]
1967: Little Bit o' Soul, by Music Explosion [lot more kick with a little bit o soul]
1966: Pushin' too Hard, Seeds/Psychotic Reaction, Count 5/Dirty Water, Standells
Sunny Afternoon, by the Kinks [can’t sail my yacht- taken everything I got]
Dancing in the Streets, by Martha & Vandellas [swaying, record playing]
1965: Mr. Tambourine Man, by The Byrds [my boot heels to be wanderin']
1964: Surfin' Bird, *The Trashmen [pa pa ooh mow mow]
1964: Remember (Walking in the Sand), The Shangri-Las [oh no, oh no, oh no no no no no]
Wipeout, by the Surfaris and, more definitively, the Ventures
1962: Liar, Liar, by *The Castaways [make a little effort, try to be true]
1961: Runaway, by Del Shannon [I wah-wah-wah-wah-wonder]
1960: Summer Wind, by Frank Sinatra [it lingered there... to touch your hair]
1960: Walk Don't Run, by The Ventures [the original]
1960: Theme from A Summer Place, by Percy Faith [out of the elevator and into your ears]
1959: La Bamba, by Ritchie Valens [una poca de gracia, arriba y arriba]
1959: C'mon Everybody, by *Eddie Cochran [house is empty and folks are gone]
1958: Summertime Blues, by *Eddie Cochran [gonna raise a fuss, and i'm gonna raise a holler]


At 9:41 AM, Blogger Tom Volscho said...

when i am watching my baby daughter IN THE MORNING we rock out to the hedonistic and greed-filled G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S ...

thanks for the tab

At 4:03 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

tom, my kids' musical tastes varied right from the jump. kid #1 loved the pogues (and still does, at last report), while kid #2 once responded well to the gin blossoms.

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Custom Celebrity Pictures said...

I loved your List! I will download all of those songs :p
and talking about Avril Lavigne, I found today this photo of her:
I was so impressed!


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