Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meet and Greet These Summer Song Candidates

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meet and Greet These Summer Song Candidates

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Byline: Jeff Vrabel

"Summer songs," those hooky tracks emanating from beaches, boardwalks and back seats from May through September, have been key components of music almost since summer was invented back in 1954. And though some are enduringly substantial (School's Out, Summer in the City) and some not so much (Mmmbop, anything by the Fresh Prince) -- as touchstones of a season, or a feeling, or a memory, they can prove wonderfully invaluable, even if, hypothetically, they include some combination of the words "vida" and "loca." To help kick off the season, here's a random sampling of 10 candidates for summer song of 2005, in no particular order.

WEEZER, BEVERLY HILLS

The enduring alt-rockers splash California sun all over We Will Rock You in this warm pub-banger of a single -- a big kiss to the geekiness that's helped make them so loved.

NINE INCH NAILS, THE HAND THAT FEEDS

In emerging from his latest hiatus, Trent Reznor goes disco -- er, evil disco, but disco -- with a frenetic metal track that sports his bounciest bassline since Sin.

COWBOY TROY, I PLAY CHICKEN WITH THE TRAIN

For fans who like country, but think the genre has, of late, been maybe a little lax in producing black cowboy rappers with a love of fiddles. This insanely catchy single -- co-written with Big and Rich, who know a thing or two about novelty and rocking -- will fill the hick-hop void on your summer mix CD, assuming you realized you had one.

LYRICS BORN, BAD DREAMS PART II

Japanese-born MC and producer Tom Shimura has been making underground noise for years (that's his song Callin' Out in the Diet Coke commercial in which Adrien Brody struts around avoiding bubbles). And his second CD, which has a dirty name, is great from front to back, but nothing beats this monster of a rolling, grimy jam in which he stunningly bridges the gap between blues and rap. …

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