It's been a helluva hot summer, hasn't it? Well, it's just about done. For a lot of you, This may be the last weekend you can pack up the family and heat to the beach before the kids get back to school For you parents with kids that have already gone back to school - congratulations.
Now, let's strike up some tunes for that last day on the hot sand...
5. "Upholstery" - The Juicy Fruits (Phantom of the Paradise Soundtrack). Back in the early days of his career, director Brian de Palma teamed up with actor and composer Paul Williams to come up with a brilliant send up of several themes...Faust, "The Picture of Dorian Grey," "Phantom of the Opera,"scheming record companies. Trust me, it all comes together in this comedic, horror musical. In fact, I think it'll be our Halloween night movie this year.
The basic story is a composer named Winslow writes a rock opera based on the story of Faust selling his soul to the devil. An evil record company exec steals his music...and his soul...and pumps out crass versions of it while the composer haunts his nightclub like the Phantom in "Phantom of the Opera".
One of those rip off version is this one, a catchy tune by a manufactured Beach Boys ripoff band about the joys of car upholstery. Too bad for the band that Winslow takes offense at it. See the scene from the movie at this link: Juicy Fruits - "Phantom of the Paradise" Video (2:53)
4. "Vacation" - The Go Go's. Why we take summer vacations, all wrapped up in a peppy, poppy song by the ultimate 80's girls band. Who wouldn't want to spend a day at the beach with them?
3. "Wipeout" - Surfaris. Who doesn't want to dance on the beach all day to this song?
2. "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band. Yep, shots and drinks on a pristine Mexican beach while the prawns are roasting on a stick over an open fire in the background. Perfect day at the beach.
1. "Sloop John B" - The Beach Boys. My ultimate beach song is more about a bad boat cruise in the Bahamas...very bad...something that we here can relate to. My all-time favorite tune from one of the greatest California bands ever.
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