Hell yeah, here comes SUMMER! This very special time of year only means one thing for Hawthorne Heights...TOUR. Whether touring in an airplane, tour bus, van, or a bicycle I NEED music. Music is really the only thing I NEED, so I thought it would be a lot of fun to put together my Top 10 All Time Favorite SUMMER Albums. Here is a peak into what I want my summer to sound like...
If you could put sunshine onto a compact disc, the Format did exactly that on Dog Problems. If you want to start the summer off with some shiny, happy music that will make you smile...put this on immediately. I can't help but go rent a convertible, put this CD in and play it until the speakers blow. Turn that frown upside down, and say thank you to the Format.
I first heard this record while driving back from Crazy Fest in Louisville, KY. My jaw hit the floor for a two-hour drive. I must have listened to it five times or something. Raw power, raw emotion, raw energy...and I was hooked. A few months later I saw their live video on MTV, and realized that being on stage is what I needed to do. I need to get my shit together, because summer is almost over...I need to be on tour.
Bleed American In my eyes, this band can do no wrong...all their albums are top notch, but this one screams summer to me. There is so much passion in every note, that it makes me realize how much fun just playing music together can be. Bleed American is crammed full of ANTHEMS, and that is what I want during the summer.
When I was growing up there was no such thing as JOCKS VS PUNKS. I listened to 'Dookie' every day going to football practice, and there was nothing weird about that. Summer means that football is beginning, so Green Day got me amped up and ready to put on my helmet. I'm not sure that's what they were aiming for.
I crank up this album in my friend's Chevy pick up truck, while on fishing trips. These are just great traveling songs, road music. How can you go wrong with Johnny, Willie, Kris, and Waylon? You can't. If you like the vibe of older style, Americana country, I challenge you to not love this record. I promise that if you listen to it on dirt roads in West Virginia, you will catch a large mouth bass...It works for me.
When I got this record I was all about playing local shows and having fun in a small town in W.V. This wasn't mall punk to me, and still isn't. These songs are still awesome and fun, and meant for the sun. When I heard this for the first time, I wanted to either pack up and live in a van while touring the U.S...or just move to San Diego, because Blink seemed to love it there.
There is something about the way Tom sings on this record that just makes it so urgent for me. I put this on when I am pissed, but still realize at least the weather is good. He knew how to stick it to the suits, and he did. He wanted to make music his way...and he did. Tom Petty cranked up on a rooftop is how I want to spend my summer.
I have always loved Weezer because they are quirky and odd. They make garage pop music which takes me back in time, to when I first started thinking about singing for a band. It took me a few years to get the courage, but this record was the anthem to my summer in the 1990s. I like them a little better 'In the Garage,' as opposed to 'Beverly Hills'...but it's probably a nostalgia thing. Weezer is still making fun music.
I typically don't like to list greatest hits records, but Journey's is essential. It's no secret that I love JOURNEY almost more than anything, because they put me in a great, happy place every time. If you need a reference, just check my forearm for a huge Journey tattoo. Bring back Steve Perry.
This is the first music I was ever given as a gift, and what a lovely gift it was. I still remember roaming the baseball fields in Georgia, drinking an ice cold Coke with ripped and bleached jeans. I smile every single time I hear this record, and I only listen to it from front to back. When played from front to back, I can remember my summers in the late '80s...and that's a very good thing.