Jonathan Richman – “That Summer Feeling”
This song by rock’s great innocent lives up to its title.
The Isley Brothers – “Summer Breeze”
Heard this soulful take on the middle-of-the-road Seals & Crofts number on The Old School Dance party. Changed my life – or at least that summer day.
It’s A Beautiful Day – “Hot Summer Day”
This Bay Area band’s other keeper (along with “White Bird”)
Joni Mitchell – “The Hissing Of Summer Lawns”
Never knew summer lawns made a sound until Joni pointed it out
Rachell Goswell – “Warm Summer Sun”
The Slowdive/Mojave 3 singer released this gem on a 2004 solo album.
Jack Anderson, music host 11 p.m.- 3 a.m. Saturday
Elvis Presley – “Crawfish”
Taken from the soundtrack of the 1958 film, King Creole, Elvis shares vocals with Kitty White on this one. Joe Strummer (of The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite) was spot on when he said you can feel the heat on the street when listening to Crawfish. WARNING: This song will make you hungry for crawfish.
Jorge Ben – “Errare Humanum Est”
Usually around August, the cumulative effect of a Texas summer sun can produce psychedelic effects on a daily basis. I first heard this song on such a day, and it was the perfect soundtrack: sunburned and slow-rolling.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Ffunny Ffriends”
Hip-hop beats melted onto psych-rock. Perfect for the beach or the blacktop.
Thin Lizzy – “Jailbreak”
Souls Of Mischief – “93 ‘Til Infinity”
This is how we chill, from ’93 til.
Madonna – “Burning Up”
I’ve recently become re-obsessed with this song. Sure she’s talking about the burning flame of desire overtaking her. To me though it sounds like pool parties and pink jamboxes and that time my life when summers were the most magical.
John Parsons, music host 6 a.m. -10 a.m. Saturday
Pavement – “Gold Soundz”
I was on one of those pontoon boats that had a CD player out on Lake Travis a few years back, and Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was the only CD that was in there. We had it on loop for hours and we– and obviously I’m speaking for everyone there who I assume loves hearing things over and over again– never got sick of it. Great to listen to on a boat for hours and hours.
Pixies – “Cecilia Ann”
The surf rock riffs meet Ennio Morricone choirs make me wanna cannonball in the nearest pool ASAP. Great to listen to in a manic rush to find the nearest body of water.
Delroy Wilson – “This Life Makes Me Wonder”
A pensive sentiment from one of Jamaica’s best singers of the 60s set to a dusty upbeat rhythm. Great to listen to when someone drops a plate of hot dogs from the grill.
Beastie Boys feat. Q-Tip – “Get It Together”
The Eugene McDaniels sample, the feather light moog stabs, Q-Tip pulling the Beastie Boys down to a consistent mellow buzz on the verses; it feels like an impromptu backyard jam session from some of the most disciplined emcees ever. Great to listen to after the nap and before the fireworks, you know, to ease yourself back into more partying.
Mungo Gerry – “In the Summertime”
Lovin’ Spoonful – “Summer in the City”
Paul Carrubba, music host 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
The Rascals – “Good Lovin'”
It’s got lyrics as crisp and simple as a cold glass of lemonade and classic rock ‘n’ roll cha-cha rhythm made for dancing at Fourth of July backyard barbecue.
A Tribe Called Quest – “Bonita Applebum”
ATCQ will always remind me of long summer nights spent at my Aunt and Uncle’s house hanging out with them and all of their cool friends when I was wee. ’90s hip-hop was always on, and Tribe was always in heavy rotation.
Architecture in Helsinki – “Heart It Races”
I got really into Places Like This the same summer I got my first record player, was making serious money, and could take weekly trips to record stores. This song was my jam that summer; my friends and I played it basically anytime we were in the car. I was floored with excitement when I found a used vinyl copy at Waterloo Records. Pure, summertime kismet!
Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Summertime is guilty pleasure time. Deal with it.
Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce – “Telephone”
This should actually read “Everything by Lady Gaga.”
Michael Crockett, host of “Horizontes” and “Global Grooves”
Fatal Mambo – “Magot Tcheri” (In The Summertime)
I always loved the original by Mungo Jerry from the summer of 1970, so I went crazy over this cajun/salsa-like cover by the French band Fatal Mambo.
Mangu – “La Playa” (The Beach)
This bi-lingual beach-party mix of hip-hop and salsa made me want to move to Miami Beach when I first heard it.
Tunacola & Loki Da Trixta – “Coco Maitai”
A funky Spanglish beach-party mash-up from the shores of Chile named after a drink you would only consider drinking in the summer.
Dominguinhos & Gonzagão – Quando Chega O Verão (When Summer Comes)
This song comes from northeastern Brazil where the heat is as oppressive as a Texas summer. It features two guys complaining about the summer which is what I will be doing on the August days I don’t swim at Barton Springs.
Jacquie Moody-Fuller – Assistant Program Director
Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam – “Head to Toe”
I grew up in San Antonio and was in middle school when this came out, at the height of the roller skate craze. This – as well as freestyle tracks from the likes of Debbie Deb, Nu Shooz, The Jets, and Shannon – will forever make me think of summer nights at the roller rink.
Peter Bjorn & John – “Young Folks”
Since it came out in late summer of ’06, it will forever feel like summer to me. Whistling + bongos + a boy/girl back-and-forth? It’s the Carnation Instant Breakfast of summer jams.
Freddy Fender – “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”
Because Texas and backyards and barbecues. String up the globe lights, throw some meat on the grill, and turn this one up loud enough for the neighbors to hear. Hell, invite the neighbors.
Girls – “Lust for Life”
This song captures that delicious cocktail of angst, hope, and abandon that is youth. No matter how old I am, it will make me feel young.
Trina Quinn, music host 2 – 5p.m. Monday- Thursday
Laura Mvula – “Overcome”
Wham – “Club Tropicana”
Broncho – “Senora Borealis”
Isreal Kamakawiwo (IZ) – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”
Deirdre Gott, Live Music Producer
Junior Senior – “Move Your Feet”
Can’t stop, won’t stop. Released in 2003, this track from the Danish duo brings me great joy everytime I hear it.
Robert Ellis – “Couples Skate”
A little doowopy gem on Robert’s latest self-titled album makes me think of sweet summer nights.
Cellars – “Nightime Girl”
Allene Norton’s (aka Cellars) new album Phases is my summer obsession. Currently in rotation on KUTX, this track gets me through our sweltering Austin traffic.
Starship – “We Built This City”
The best worst song ever. Fist pumps are in order.
Jay Trachtenberg, music host Noon- 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Deee-lite – “Picnic in the Summertime”
My intro to this song was thru the Ronin Get Down-Tempo-remix with its wicked bassline, but either way, the song’s a pure deee-lite.
Martha & The Vandellas – “Dancing In The Streets”
One of my very favorite Motown hits, it always trumpets the advent of summer………”The Sound Of Young America,” indeed!
Mungo Jerry – “In The Summertime”
This was somewhat of a radio novelty at the time it was released but the care-free hippy vibe with it’s island feel is perfect summer fare.
Corinne Bailey Rae- “Put Your Records On”
It was love-at-first-listen for me with CBR’s angelic voice and the image of slapping a stack of 45s on the record player on a warm summer night.