Well, after The Mother of All Five Songs to mark 50 misspent years, Five returns to its usual manageable self this week.
It’s not quite summer yet, but after a couple months of temps mostly in the 70s, and maybe a couple of 80s here and there, summer finally arrived in Fresno a month late — in the 90s most of the week. (And I’d like to thank my East Coast friends for babysitting our heat last week …) So I have no qualms with opening summer a little early. And that includes my two favorite bands — The Fleshtones and The Reducers — playing Saturday night at Cafe Nine back in New Haven and making me feel incredibly homesick.
(The ‘shtones’ “American Beat ’84,” by the way, is the national anthem to my radio shows on WPKN. They remade their very first single (from ’78) as the theme to Tom Hanks’ first starring film — “Bachelor Party,” where he shared top billing with Tawny Kitaen and Adrian Zmed. Please rise …)
Anyway, have fun, and happy summer a couple days early:
It’s OK — The Beach Boys
Wild Summer Nights (original 1980 version) — Beaver Brown
Makin’ With the Magilla — From “Magilla Gorilla”
Fistfight at the Beach — The Reducers
American Beat ’84 — The Fleshtones