The other side of ‘Summer’

Today is the last full day of summer. Autumn officially begins tomorrow morning at 10:49 a.m.

And don’t get me wrong, dear, in general I’m doing quite fine  …

The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley
Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + The Machine
Endless Summer,” Daniel Amos

The Other Side of Summer,” Elvis Costello
Rain in the Summertime,” The Alarm
Someone, Somewhere in Summertime,” Simple Minds
Summer Babe,” Pavement
Summer in the City,” Regina Spektor
Summer of ’69,” Bryan Adams
Summer of Drugs,” Victoria Williams
Summer of Love,” The B-52’s
Summer Samba (So Nice),” Astrud Gilberto
Summer Sun,” Texas
The Summer Wind,” Frank Sinatra
The Summer Wind,” Madeleine Peyroux
Summerlong,” Kathleen Edwards
Summersong,” The Decembrists
Summertime,” Angelique Kidjo
Summertime,” Courtney Pine
Summertime,” Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Summertime,” Peter Gabriel
Summertime,” Will Smith
Summertime,” The Zombies
That Sunday, That Summer,” Nat King Cole

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  • friendly reader

    “Summer’s End” – Foo Fighters
    “Summertime Killers” – Luis Bacalov, from the second Kill Bill OST

    and a special shoutout to DJ Earworm’s Capital FM Summertime Ball mashups:
    “Party on the Floor” (2011)
    “Fly” (2012)”

    Thanks to his mashups I now follow the Billboard charts pretty regularly to see what may make the final cut. Most of it’s terrible, and I’ve come to realize that this year’s United State of Pop will probably include three Flo Rida songs. *sigh*

  • friendly reader

    DAMMIT DISQUS!! (reposting, if you can delete that first one, please do it)

    “Summer’s End” – Foo Fighters
    “Summertime Killers” – Luis Bacalov, from the second Kill Bill OST

    and a special shout-out to DJ Earworm’s Capital FM Summertime Ball mashups:“Party on the Floor” (2011) “Fly” (2012)Thanks to his mashups I now follow the Billboard charts pretty regularly to see what may make the final cut. Most of it’s terrible, and I’ve come to realize that this year’s United State of Pop will probably include three Flo Rida songs. *sigh*

  • This Ain’t The Summer Of Love” – Blue Öyster Cult
    Summer ’68” – Pink Floyd
    Summer Rain” – U2
    Indian Summer Sky” – U2

  • Dirty Black Summer – Danzig
    Summer (I) – Vanessa Mae
    Summer Breeze – Type O Negative
    Summer Haze – Vanessa Mae
    Summer Song – Joe Satriani

    As a bonus, I’d include “The Green Man” by Type O Negative, because it’s about all of the seasons and the transitions between them, and includes this bit I like about summer:

    Sol in prime, sweet summertime casts shadows of doubt on my face/A mid-day sun, its caustic hues refracting within the still lake

    Of course, much of what I like about the song is dependent on Peter Steele’s cadence and his Shatnerian* delivery of the lines:

    Sol in prime.  Sweet summertime.  Casts shadows.  Of doubt.  On my face.

    (I also like that, like me, he shows a definite preference for autumn)

    *Yes, I know; it’s not necessarily a fair characterization of Mr. Shatner’s style, but it’s easy shorthand.

  • Also, I have to say I’m surprised – for reasons I can’t articulate – that Fred’s personal list doesn’t include “Cruel Summer.”  It just strikes me somehow as being a song he’d have in his collection.

  • LouisDoench

    Two from Dar Williams
    “The End of Summer”
    “Summer Child”

    Neatly bookending Dar’s career so far. 

  • MikeJ

    Summer’s Kiss – Afghan Whigs
    Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective
    Hung Up with Summer – Big Star
    Summer – Buffalo Tom
    Wild Summer, Wow! – Bunnygrunt
    Double Summer – The Chills
    The Summer Sun – Alex Chilton
    Summertime Blues – Alex Chilton
    Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires – Cocteau Twins
    Summerhead – Cocteau Twins
    The Last Day of Summer – The Cure
    Summer Skin – Death Cab for Cutie
    Summer’s Almost Gone – The Doors
    Indian Summer – The Doors
    Summerlong – Kathleen Edwards
    Summer and Lightning – ELO
    Summerland – Everclear
    It Must Be Summer – Fountains of Wayne
    Something Wonderful Happens in Summer – Frank Sinatra
    Rhyme for the Summertime – G Love & Special Sauce
    Constructive Summer – The Hold Steady
    Celebrated Summer – Hüsker Dü
    Summer Rain – I Blame Coco
    Summer Well – Interpol
    Summertime Rolls – Jane’s Addiction
    Lullabye for the Summer – Jimi Hendrix
    That Summer Feeling – Jonathon Richman & The Modern Lovers
    Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
    A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill – Jens Lekman
    The Door Into Summer – The Monkees
    Summer Babe – Pavement
    Hot Summer Night – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
    David’s Last Summer – Pulp
    The Things We Did Last Summer – Frank Sinatra
    Summer Moon – The Ravonettes
    Summer Turns to High – REM
    Summer Day – Sheryl Crow
    Satin Summer Nights – Paul Simon
    This Summer – Squeeze
    The Summer Sun – Chris Stamey with Yo La Tengo
    One Summer Night – That Dog
    Summer Solstice – Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam
    Summertime – The Troggs
    Here Comes the Summer – The Undertones
    Weird Summer – Velvet Crush
    Hot Summer Nights – Walter Egan
    Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer – Stevie Wonder
    Summer’s Cauldron – XTC
    The Summer – Yo La Tengo
    Cruel Summer> – Bananarama
    Summer – Nuclear Valdez
    Summer of Drugs – Soul Asylum


  • “The Door into Summer,” the Monkees
    “Wild Summer Nights” John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

  • The_L1985

    “School’s Out For Summer”–Alice Cooper
    “Cruel Summer”–Bananarama
    “Summerisle”–Mediaeval Baebes
    “Sumer is Icumen In”

    Darn it, how to I not have either version of “Boys of Summer?”

  • friendly reader

    I just realized I technically have one more:
    夏の恋はお疲れサマー (Natsu no Koi wa o-tsukare sama-, a title which contains the word summer and a difficult to translate pun) a gag song from the Tiger & Bunny OST.

  • Amaryllis

    I love the wayThe tattered cloudsGo wind across the sky
    As summer goes
    And leaves me
    With a tear in my eye

    The First Month of Summer – Andy McGann
    Girls In Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen
    The Last Rose – Anuna
    The Last Rose of Summer – Tom Waits
    South Wind of Summer – The Flatlanders
    Summer Skin – Death Cab for Cutie
    Summer Will Come Round Again – Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra

  • Guest

    Phil Vassar Six Pack Summer

  • I usually don’t do these, since it’s hard for me to do that sort of search with what’s available at the office.  But I can think of several awesome songs off the top of my head:

    “Last Summer in New York,” The Saw Doctors
    “Indian Summer,” The Saw Doctors
    “Weird Summer,” Mike Doughty
    “Summertime,” Sam Cooke

    Also two songs in honor of the transition, one of which I listened to several times yesterday, since there was definitely a nip of autumn in the Chicago air:

    “Autumn Song,” Manic Street Preachers
    “Winter’s Just a Dream,” The Saw Doctors

  • Theo Axner

    Celebrate Summer – T-Rex
    Epistel 48 “Hvaruti avmålas Ulla Winblads hemresa från Hessingen i Mälaren en sommarmorgon 1769” – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Epistel 71 “Till Ulla i fenstret på Fiskartorpet, middagstiden, en sommardag” – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Here Comes the Summer – Iggy Pop & the Trolls
    I Feel Love – Donna Summer (alright, it’s a stretch)
    In the Summertime – Bob Dylan
    Long Hot Summer Nights – the Jimi Hendrix Experience
    School’s Out – Alice Cooper
    Sommarkort (En Stund på Jorden) – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Summer Days – Bob Dylan
    Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
    Summertime Blues – the Who
    Summertime Blues – the Blue Cheer
    Summertime Blues – Chris Spedding
    Summertime Blues – Joan Jett
    Summertime Blues – Eddie Meduza
    This Ain’t the Summer of Love – the Nomads

  • MMorse

    Summerland – King’s X

  • Vermic

    Dear Elizabeth: I hope you’re doing well.  I think it’s so great that you’re monitoring glacier patterns in some remote part of Alaska where no one can get a hold of you!  I thought I’d try anyway.

    “Hot Summer Nights (Won’t Last Forever)” – The Aquabats
    “Summer Vacation” – Couch Flambeau
    “Summer’s Over” – Jonathan Coulton

  • Emcee, cubed

    “Summer Sequence,” Blood Brothers [London Cast]
    “Summer Nights,” Grease [1994 Broadway Revival Cast]
    “Another Winter in a Summer Town,” Grey Gardens [Original Broadway Cast]
    “Another Winter in a Summer Town,” Grey Gardens [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
    “A Summer in Ohio,” The Last Five Years [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
    “Our Last Summer,” Mamma Mia [Original Broadway Cast]
    “Summer Share,” Romance/Romance [Original Broadway Cast]
    “The song of purple summer,” Spring Awakening [Original Broadway Cast]
    “Summer Was a Bummer,” Ty Herndon
    “Summer, Highland Falls,” Billy Joel

    So yeah, looks like I don’t have the soundtrack from the Grease movie on my iTunes list. Should probably do that. Highly recommend The Last Five Years cast album and the Spring Awakening one. Both have some great music.

  • Launcifer

    White Summer/Black Mountainside” – Led Zeppelin
    Festival/Marie it is/Sumer is icumen in” – Wicker Man OST (traditional, arranged by Peter Shaffer) 

  • Launcifer

    Sorry, that second one should read “arrangement by Paul Giovanni”. Peter Shaffer – I think – wrote the translation of the lyrics used in that one. Damned brain failure.

  • AnonymousSam

    Another Vanessa Mae fan! Huzzah!

    The only song I have with anything related to summer that I can recall is a Smile.DK track

  • Nicolae Carpathia

    Summertime, The Green Goblin

  • Launcifer

    Forgot I’d even got this one on my computer:-

    In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry.

  • TheFaithfulStone

    Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

    I know it’s hip to hate her and all, but I kinda like her as a perfect example of end-to-end performance.

  • Cruel Summer- Ace of Base (cover)
    Summer Shudder- A.F.I.
    The Boys of Summer- The Ataris (cover)
    Summer of ’69- Bryan Adams
    Boys of Summer- Don Henley
    Summer Girls- LFO
    Last Summer- Lost Prophets
    One Summer’s Day- Spirited Away soundtrack
    The Red Summer Sun- Third Eye Blind

    But eh, I live in Florida. Our summers don’t end until sometime in mid-January.

  • I can’t believe that no one has mentioned a song or album by…

    The Fall.

  • Bummer In The Summer – Love: (Video is an Arthur Lee solo performance at Glastonbury 2004)
    Cruel Summer – Ace of Base
    Die In The Summertime – Manic Street Preacher:
    English Summer Rain – Placebo
    Farewell My Summer Love – Michael Jackson
    Feel Good Hit Of The Summer – Queens  Of The Stone Age
    Feel Good Hit Of The Summer – Yourcodenameis: Milo
    Here Comes The Summer – Iggy Pop
    In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
    Indian Summer – Manic Street Preachers
    It’s Summertime – The Flaming Lips
    Jewel Of The Summertime – Audioslave
    Long Hot Summer – The Style Council
    Long Hot Summer [Live]  – Paul Weller
    My Own Summer (Shove It) – Deftones:
    My Own Summer (Shove It) – Fightstar
    One-Eighty By Summer – Taking Back Sunday
    Rain In The Summertime – The Alarm
    Staying Out For The Summer – Dodgy:
    Summer – Alien Ant Farm
    Summer – Sum 41
    Summer’s End – Foo Fighters
    Summer’s Gone – Feeder
    Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers
    Summer Is Here – Darker My Love
    Summer Love – Justin Timberlake
    Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
    Summer Rain (Painkiller) – Turin Brakes
    Summer Shudder – AFI
    Summer Skin – Death Cab For Cutie
    Summer Son – Texas
    Summer Squatter Go Home – Anti-Flag
    Summer Turns To High – R.E.M.
    Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
    You’re So Last Summer – Taking Back Sunday
    You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) – Meat Loaf:

    … and now “summer” doesn’t even look like a word anymore.

  • SpaceOtter

    English Summer – Eurythmics
    English Summer Rain – Placebo
    Crazy English Summer – Zoe Johnston

  • thatotherjean

    Hunh.  Another place that my oldies collection (hey, they weren’t old when I first enjoyed them!) is sadly lacking.

    Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
    Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer – Nat “King” Cole
    Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts
    Summertime – Louis Armstrong

    Other songs about summer, but nothing else with “summer” in the title.

  • The_L1985

    Thanks for reminding me–I need to get “Summer in the City” and “Summer Breeze” too. And I think we both need “Summertime Blues.”

    Combined with my pop, metal, classical, and video-game stuff, that should make my playlist even more interesting! :)

  • rm

    All Summer Long — The Beach Boys
    Dog Days Are Over — Florence & The Machine
    Early Summer Rain — Jimmy LaFave
    In the Good Old Summertime — Leake County Revelers
    In the Summertime — Mungo Jerry
    Indian Summer — Poco
    Indian Summer — Spade Cooley
    Long Hot Summer Days — John Harford
    Long Hot Summer Days — Sara Watkins
    The Summer — Yo La Tengo
    Summer Days — Bob Dylan
    Summer Evening — Gillian Welch
    Summer in the City — Regina Spektor
    Summertime — Janis Joplin
    Summertime — Doc Watson & Dave Grisman
    Summertime — Ella Fitzgerald
    Summertime — John Coltrane
    Summertime — Sidney Bechet
    Summertime — Willie Nelson & Leon Russell
    Summertime Blues — Eddie Cochran
    That Sunday That Summer — Natalie Cole
    The Things We Did Last Summer — Nancy Wilson
    White Summer — The Yardbirds

  • noyatin

    Summer Rain – Johnny Rivers
    Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
    Summertime – Big Brother & the Holding Company
    Summertime Blues – Brian Setzer

  • Jessica_R

    The perfect capstone to the season, “Summer of ’42” by Michael Legrand, lovely and melancholy,

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  • imathers

    Face Like Summer – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
    Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires – Cocteau Twins
    Sketch for Summer – The Durutti Column
    Some Summers They Drop Like Flys – Dirty Three
    Summer Crane – The Avalanches
    Summer Dress – Red House Painters
    Summer Substructures – COIL
    Summer Teeth – Wilco
    A Summer Wasting  – Belle & Sebastian
    Summer’s Kiss – The Afghan Whigs
    That Summer, At Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy – The Twilight Sad

    The Dirty Three song title is (sic). The song is excellent, in any case.

  • Before the Summer Ends – Dracula cast recording
    Christmas All Summer Long – Deer Tick
    Endless Summer – Still Corners
    Farewell My Summer Love – Michael Jackson
    Our Last Summer – Mamma Mia! soundtrack
    Rainiest Day of Summer – Elizabeth and the Catapult
    Summer’s Over – Jonathan Coulton
    Summer in Bergerac – Cyrano de Bergerac cast recording
    A Summer In Ohio – The Last 5 Years cast recording
    Summer in the City – Regina Spektor
    Summer Nights – Glee Cast
    Summer Nights – John Barrowman
    Summer Nights – some other Grease cast recording. Why exactly do I have so many versions of this song?
    Summer Pop Medley – Sam Tsui
    Summer Snow – Matthew Ward
    Summertime – High School Musical 2 soundtrack (*shame*)
    Summertime – Louis Armstrong
    Summertime – Scarlett Johansson
    Summertime – Sex Bob-Omb
    That Sunday That Sumemr – Natalie Cole
    Where’s Summer B.? – Ben Folds Five