Things are HOT this time of year. Things are HOT this time of year.

Entitled Summer by Gunther 8544

My brain is fried like an overcooked Colonel Sanders commercial, so here are brief descriptions of every track that appeared on a seasonal mix I compiled several summers ago.

1)Eddie Cochran - "Summertime Blues"

Peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, this teenage lament is a timeless tale on how responsibility gets in the way of summer pleasures like cars and girls.

2)Union Carbide Productions - "Summer Holiday Camp"

These Swedish Stooges worshippers are even rawer and more powerful than Iggy on this 1987 scorcher. ("GOING TO THE BARRRR!/IN MY DADDY'S CARRRR!")

3)T-Rex - "Celebrate Summer"

To paraphrase Steve Martin, it is impossible to be in a bad mood while listening to the familiar guitar chug of Marc Bolan and company.

4)The Splash Four - "Summertime"

French garage-rockers dress up an obscurity from Boston's Unnatural Axe.

5)Government Issue - "Summer Of Blood"

Further evidence that John Stabb belongs on any list of punk rock's greatest vocalists.

6)Jeff Dahl - "The Last Summer"

As I've said many times in the past, Mr. Dahl is like Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators rolled into one human being.

7)Chris Stamey - "The Summer Sun"

A post-Sneakers/pre-db's burst of golden rays from one of modern rock's leading lights from the 1980s.

8)Andy G. And The Roller Kings - "Summertime Girls"

Swingin' horns aplenty on this neat treat from an ex-Devil Dog and his new crew.

9)The Kinks - "Wait Till The Summer Comes Along"

For brothers who have rarely gotten along, Ray and Dave Davies put aside their differences long enough to record gems like this.

10)The Celibate Rifles - "Summer Holiday Blues"

This Radio Birdman-cum-Ramones quick hitter just MIGHT be the cure for you-know- what.

11)The Ravonettes - "Noisy Summer"

If this Lush-y blast of joy is any indicator, summers in Denmark must be beautifully cacophonous.

12)Blue Cheer - "Summertime Blues"

Of the three cover versions represented on Entitled Summer, this is undoubtedly the HEAVIEST one.

13)The Barracudas - "Summer Fun"

A playful Plymouth advertisement for the car in question properly introduces this wonderful surf nugget.

14)Husker Du - "Celebrated Summer" 

"Just when I'm ready to stay inside, it's summertime" heralds the dawn of a most unfortunate season.

15)The Nomads - "This Ain't The Summer Of Love"

Swedish veterans take the Blue Oyster Cult classic for a ride down Stockholm's sketchiest streets.

16)The Undertones - "Here Comes The Summer"

"Spare and efficient pop gems that are as infectious as measles" is how Ira Robbins from Trouser Press Record Guide described this and other cuts from the monster debut release.

17)Hanoi Rocks - "Ice Cream Summer"

Until further notice, here's the best-ever utilization of church bells in a rock 'n' roll song.

18)The Go - "Summer Sun Blues"

Hands down, The Go are my favorite Jack White-related project.

19)The Rolling Stones - "Summer Romance"

One of several keepers from their 1980 Emotional Rescue LP.

20)The Cynics - "Summer's Gone"

Jangly B-side from Pittsburgh's finest garage combo.

21)Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - "Summertime Blues"

The keynote track of the entire compilation certainly fits her and the band like a black leather glove.

22)Micronotz - "Summer Of Hate"

"A powerful and varied dose of mature post-thrash intelligence that in spots resembles Husker Du," said Jim Green from Trouser Press Record Guide.

23)Fastbacks - "In The Summer"

Pop perfectionists from Seattle who predated and outlasted the city's grunge explosion.

24)Shoes - "The Summer Rain"

Illinois' motto could be "The Power-Pop State."

25)The New Bomb Turks - "Summer Romance"

"Gunk-punks" from Columbus, OH, take the Stones' original tempo and increase it 25-fold.

26)The Who - "Summertime Blues"

I hope like hell Rush didn't perform a take of this song on their covers album.

Below: Hear The GO with "Summer Sun Blues" ...just press play! 

Gunther 8544

Give me 20 days to write something for Hardcore Norfolk, and I'll piss away 19 of 'em.  Which is why my career caps on the site hover around 30 instead of 300.  Nonetheless, I am occasionally inspired by talented folks who call the Tidewater area home.  Believe it or not, glowing marks have been awarded to individuals unbeknownst to me.  My mathematician side would like to construct an NCAA March Madness-like bracket representing the 64 greatest bands in our region's history.  Perhaps Debra, Paul and I will assemble in a conference room somewhere in Suffolk and bring the draw sheet to life.