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Friday 20 March 2015

That Summer!

There has been much  recent discussion on this and other blogs as to the merits of That Summer! a 1979 compilation from the movie of the same name
Brian is on record as saying that it was a cornerstone of his musical education.He has a point there. It should be a compulsory part of the national curriculum and be played in every school in the land.
Even if you were to tie me to a radiator and subject me to non-stop Phil Collins music I would be hard pressed to come up with a better compilation.
When I previously mentioned that I no longer had my copy For Malcontents Only very kindly obliged by forwarding me the tracks.
After all, he is the man who has actually seen the film having been working in Torquay (where the film was set) when it came out.You will be glad to know that it features three loutish Scottish youths who have some confrontations with Steve (played by Ray Winstone) and then frame him for a robbery at a chemist shop.
All 16 songs are absolute essential must haves and I am sure that most of you have a reasonable number of them in your collection.
These are the two which my mind has always conjured up over the years whenever I think of this record.

Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World

Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll


  1. Two slices of pop perfection that sound every bit as good today as they did 36 (gulp!) years ago.

  2. I can't tell you how wide my smile was when I clicked on your blog today and saw that album cover. I have had this one longer than any piece of vinyl in my collection, with the exception of two from Ramones. That poor record is pretty shot at this point, but I will cherish it forever. When you're 13 years old, living in the sticks, you can be steered down some dark paths. Most of my peers went the classic-rock route. Some banged their head to metal. The rest relied on Top 40 radio. I feel like this album saved me. Almost everything I listened to as a youngster can probably be traced back to this obscure soundtrack in some way. It has been way too long. Pulling this one out tonight! Thank you, CC.

  3. I just looked it up and that is a good one. I didn't know blank generation was on anybody's soundtrack.

  4. Meursault do a rather good version of Whole Wild World on The Organ Grinder's Monkey

  5. Essential. A monster of a compilation. Thank you CC for serving us 'Spanish Stroll'