Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Summer Music Hall Of Fame: The LPs [UPDATED]

For me, mix tapes will always provide the official soundtrack of summer.  However, there were a few LPs from my past that got heavy rotation for a summer or two.  Eventually, even today, I think of or listen to these albums once the weather warms up.  And given that none of these are even close to being considered "new releases", you can correctly assume that most of these are deeply rooted in childhood memories of summer.

Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - "Frenzy"
Tears for Fears - "Songs From The Big Chair"
Dire Straits - "Brothers In Arms"
Camper Van Beethoven - "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart"
Camper Van Beethoven - "Telephone Free Landslide Victory"
XTC - "Skylarking"
XTC - "Black Sea"
The Kinks - "State of Confusion"
REM - "Murmur"
G. Love and Special Sauce - (Self titled)
The Who - "The Kids Are Alright"
Bruce Springsteen - "Born In The USA"
Billy Joel - "The Stranger"
Billy Joel - "Piano Man"
Simon and Garfunkel - "Greatest Hits"
The Eagles - "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1"
The Jam - "Sound Affects"
"Animal House" Soundtrack
The Police - "Zenyatta Mondatta"
Madonna - "Immaculate Collection"

. . .  and on and on - this list is not exhaustive.  What are your summer LPs?

[Update]
Some more:
Midnight Oil - "10,9,8,7,6. . ."
The Moon and the Melodies - (Self titled)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Uplift Mofo Party Plan"
Beastie Boys - "Paul's Boutique"
The Fall - "This Nation's Saving Grace"
Suzanne Vega - "Solitude Standing"

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