Punk Summer of 08
June 5, 2008 2:53 PM   Subscribe

I need punk (60s garage punk to present day punk) songs about summer.
posted by jasonspaceman to Media & Arts (38 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner is pretty punk, and it feels like summer.
posted by Flashman at 3:01 PM on June 5, 2008

How about the Who's cover of Summertime Blues from Live at Leeds? I hear a lot of garage-punk roots there.
posted by Benjy at 3:02 PM on June 5, 2008

Or the Flaming Lips cover of the same track, it's a bit more acid-punk.
posted by Benjy at 3:03 PM on June 5, 2008

Los Angeles is Burning is the first thing that popped into my head.

The other immediate one to pop to mind is 4th of July by X, but that doesn't feel very punky to me.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:06 PM on June 5, 2008

Gob's Soda
posted by strangelove at 3:07 PM on June 5, 2008

Less Than Jake did a punk cover of Summer Nights (from Grease).
posted by hjo3 at 3:09 PM on June 5, 2008

Undertones, Here comes the summer

posted by runincircles at 3:11 PM on June 5, 2008

mxpx did a cover of summer of 69 which is fun.
posted by nadawi at 3:13 PM on June 5, 2008

The Undertones also did a cover of "Under the Boardwalk," and the Jam did a cover of "Heat Wave."
posted by scody at 3:20 PM on June 5, 2008

if you can deal with the dreaded folk punk, then the ghost mice's boy meets girl:

Today's too nice
To spend it any other way than riding on our bikes
Today's too great
The weather outside's perfect and I insist that we stay up real late
Today's too wonderful
To worry about anything on our list of things to do
Today is perfect

posted by carbide at 3:21 PM on June 5, 2008

If you can stretch your definition of punk to include the Meat Puppets (country-punk, and they were on SST!), then 'Swimming Hole' from 'Up On The Sun' is a great summer song.
posted by Flashman at 3:26 PM on June 5, 2008

Holidays in the sun?
posted by ManInSuit at 3:27 PM on June 5, 2008

What's that Dead Milkmen song about how he gave his ice cream to a shark and now he has nothing to eat? 'Beach Song.'
posted by box at 3:29 PM on June 5, 2008

Not about summer...but sounds like summer....

Mr T Experience - The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful
The Queers - Goodbye California
The Queers - The Sun Always Shines Around You
The Queers - Sidewalk Surfin Girl
Teenage Bottlerocket - Wasting Time
The Unloveables - Vacation
Bad Religion - Forbidden Beat
Ramones - Rockaway Beach
Ramones - Surfin' Bird (or you can get the trashmen original)
Dead Milkmen - Beach Party Vietnam
The Copyrights - Out of Ideas
Bombshell Rocks - Tonight I'm Burning
posted by Stynxno at 3:32 PM on June 5, 2008

Celebrated summer?
posted by ManInSuit at 3:34 PM on June 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


Tiger Army - Hotprowl
Rancid - Avenues and Alleyways
posted by Stynxno at 3:36 PM on June 5, 2008

The Ataris' cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer," and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' cover of Gershwin's "Summertime."
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 3:40 PM on June 5, 2008

Radio Birdman - Aloha Steve and Danno.
posted by Jimbob at 3:41 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]

Ramones - Rockaway Beach
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:43 PM on June 5, 2008

A bit tangential but for some reason's the Dead Kennedy's Holiday in Cambodia always felt like summer to me.
posted by bitdamaged at 3:51 PM on June 5, 2008

And that's me not reading up threat properly...

I'll add The Dickies - Waterslide which probably a bit of a stretch...
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:54 PM on June 5, 2008

Strange but Bananarama had punk roots and they've got Cruel Summer
posted by bitdamaged at 3:56 PM on June 5, 2008

Summer Cannibals -- Patti Smith
Sun Is Shining -- The Dortbombs
Sunshine -- Screeching Weasel
100,000 Fireflies -- Superchunk ( not specifically summery, but it is to me)
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:58 PM on June 5, 2008

I think "california sun" is the definitive song in this genre. Originally by the Rivieras, punked up by the Ramones.
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:03 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]

Circle Jerks "Wild in the Streets" - "In the heat of the summer / better call out a plumber"
posted by porn in the woods at 4:40 PM on June 5, 2008

Blue Cheer -- Summertime Blues
posted by dancestoblue at 4:41 PM on June 5, 2008

Fourth of July - X
posted by maloon at 5:50 PM on June 5, 2008

NOFX - Anarchy Camp
Frenzal Rhomb - Summer's Here
posted by zamboni at 6:02 PM on June 5, 2008

The Lawrence Arms-Warped Summer Extravaganza (Major Excellent)
The Grabass Charlestons-The Fucking Song
Hot Water Music-Three Summers Strong
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 6:52 PM on June 5, 2008

The Vandals cover of "Summer Lovin'" from Grease is a hoot.
posted by jonmc at 7:40 PM on June 5, 2008

Fifteen-End of the Summer
posted by corey flood at 7:42 PM on June 5, 2008

August 8th - NOFX
posted by soy_renfield at 8:22 PM on June 5, 2008

Alien Summer by The Frumpies
posted by ethel at 12:18 AM on June 6, 2008

this might be a stretch but Carnival by Bikini Kill

Summer by The Take
posted by ethel at 12:40 AM on June 6, 2008

Gotta be Peaches by The Stranglers. Its summery and awesome.
posted by prentiz at 5:11 AM on June 6, 2008

die ärzte have a few good ones


posted by freddymetz at 3:13 PM on June 6, 2008

Just in case you need an ANTI-summer song, SixNationState has "I Hate the Summer". One of my favorites!
posted by silverstatue at 9:20 AM on June 11, 2008

Does "Riot" by the Dead Kennedys count?
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:11 AM on September 15, 2008

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