Cygnus Radio playlist 6/21/13: ‘Cause it’s summer

SummerSolstice7Franorama 2.0 airs live from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT (9 a.m.-noon CDT/7-10 a.m. PDT/2-5 p.m. GMT) on Cygnus Radio, and in the archives in perpetuity. For the link to the archives, click here.

The summer solstice took place at 1:04 a.m. Friday, while most of you were sleeping. But not here at Franorama 2.0 World Domination Headquarters, where the staff (okay, it’s just me, but please do pay attention to the woman behind the curtain) worked feverishly rounding up songs that screamed summer. Well, maybe not all of them screamed, but emoted it melodically. And it did serve to launch your summer — and mine — in a fun way.

And not all of it was The Beach Boys. In fact, very little of it had to do with The Beach Boys — though the summer tribute show did dovetail nicely into acknowledgements of both Brian Wilson’s 71st birthday, and the 69th birthday of another of my faves, Ray Davies  of The Kinks.

Get SlimBut there were also a couple of small tributes to people who left the mortal coil ahead of the show. The musical bed for most of the show was A3’s “Woke Up This Morning” — aka the theme to The Sopranos — as my small nod to that acting giant, James Gandolfini. (And as an aside, one of the bands I played actually did appear on The Sopranos — The Swingin’ Neckbreakers once performed in a scene in Adriana’s nightclub.) And a singer who died earlier Wednesday, who was part of my late-night TV repertoire for years — the man who sold more records on late-night TV than Elvis or The Beatles, the man who saved the planet from a Martian invasion! — Slim Whitman.

Anyway, no theme, rhyme or reason planned for this Friday’s show — and hopefully, no tributes to the dearly departed for once. Pass the sunscreen …


Woke Up This Morning – A3

American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer – Nat “King” Cole

It’s OK – The Beach Boys

Wild Summer Nights – Beaver Brown

Long Hot Summer Coming On – Black 47

There’s No Surf in Cleveland – Euclid Beach Band

Dancing in the Street – Martha & the Vandellas

Echo Beach – Martha & the Muffins

Fistfight at the Beach – The Reducers

Rockaway Beach – Ramones

When I Go to the Beach – The Slickee Boys


The Beach – Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Summerfling – k.d. lang

I Wanna Be a Lifeguard – Blotto

Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran

School Is Out – Gary U.S. Bonds

Celebrated Summer – Husker Du

Pool Hoppin’ – The Swingin’ Neckbreakers

Beach Party – The Aquanettas

Beatnik Beach – The Go-Go’s

Rock Lobster – The B-52’s


Old Cape Cod – Patti Page

The Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra

I Can’t Hold on ‘Til Summer – Tracie Young

Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts

Myrtle Beach Days – The Fantastic Shakers

Summertime’s Calling Me – The Catalinas

Summertime – Billy Stewart

Indian Love Call – Slim Whitman


Hey There Moon – David Seville

That Summer Feeling – Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone

Up on the Roof – The Drifters

1865 (96o in the Shade) – Third World

Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club

Summertime – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Rockaway Beach – The Godchildren of Soul feat. General Johnson & Joey Ramone

Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers

Keep an Eye on Summer – The Beach Boys

Wait ‘til the Summer Comes Along – The Kinks


Summertime, Summertime – The Jamies

Where’s Summer B? – Ben Folds Five

Girls in Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen

That Summer Dress – Black 47

Ruby’s Olde Time – The Fleshtones

Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon

Don’t Monkey With Tarzan – The Pygmies

School’s Out – Alice Cooper


Better Things – The Kinks


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