It’s hot here in London, 24 degrees, which doesn’t sound hot, but there’s not a lot of wind. So what better reason than this to celebrate the weather. Songs about the sun seems a little constraining, so I’m going to go with general weather phenomena.
Let’s get straight to it. One the best albums of the late 80s was The Cure’s Disintegration (1989). One of the stand out tracks is Prayers for Rain. It’s not a cheerful one but it has rain in the title. So…
Flooding isn’t a weather phenomenon, it’s the result of rain, but that’s good enough for me, especially with this track. Here comes the Flood appeared on Peter Gabriel’s 1977 debut album but the version on his 1990 compilation album, Shaking the Tree, is far superior and is one of my favourite tracks ever. The flood that Gabriel sings of isn’t of the weather-related variety but of the psychic kind. Gabriel was apparently inspired by a dream he had in which people could see each other’s thoughts, producing a psychic flood. So it’s not really about the weather at all, but who cares.
It’s sunny so I guess it’s time to have a song relating to the sun. The Velvet Underground’s 1970 album Loaded features some classic tracks like Sweet Jane and Rock & Roll. New Age is a personal favourite. Anyway, the first track on the album is Who loves the Sun. So here it is for you to enjoy.
I’ll draw this edition of Songs from the Vault after this next tune. The Police’s 1983 album Synchronicity is a classic, which features every stalker’s favourite tune, Every breath you Take. Synchronicity I is a killer track to kick off any album and Synchronicity II is up there too. However, for the purposes of this post I’m going with Tea in the Sahara. Sting apparently wrote this having read the 1949 novel The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, which in turn was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci. I think you’ll agree that the band and song conjures up a mystical and open landscape, which is the Sahara. Though not having been to the Sahara, I’ll just have to take Sting’s word for it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this selection. Until next time, make sure to keep out of the midday sun.