Friday, May 13, 2011

Cruel Summer

Today's Retro Friday post features Cruel Summer by Bananarama.

For all of the guys out there who follow Retro Friday, I am sorry ... today is going be a girlie post! (Although the surfer girls in bikinis below may make up for it!)

On Monday, when I was in quite the funk after my air conditioner broke and I was in need of some 80's music therapy, this was one of the songs that helped pull me out of my funk ... and I thought hey, what a great Retro Friday song!

"Cruel Summer" is a pop song originally performed by Bananarama that was a top ten hit in Britain in 1983. Sara Dallin of Bananarama told The Guardian that the song “played on the darker side (of summer songs): it looked at the oppressive heat, the misery of wanting to be with someone as the summer ticked by. We've all been there!”

I love the song Cruel Summer. It totally reminds me of summer days in High School spent at Zuma Beach or Paradise Cove in Southern California.

Paradise Cove, circa 1990

I think the other reason why is reminds me of summer so much is because there was a remix of the song Cruel Summer that plays over the opening scene of the movie Blue Crush (yes, surfer chick flick movie), and I love, love, love that movie, too!

Cruel Summer via Blue Crush

So as we approach Memorial Day, and the kick off of summer, here's a little Bananarama, AND the Blue Crush remix as well, to brighten your Friday!

Cruel Summer - Bananarama


1 comment:

  1. One of the few songs, where the remix is actually far better than the original.
    Blestenation - Cruel Summer (Blestenation Mix)
    Ubercool song... :-)

    And this reminds me, my 9yr old actually cant wait for summer vacation. Visiting her grandparents in Carmel and take her surf lessons in Monterey.