Thursday, August 09, 2012

95 Songs of Summer, #51 - "Hot Fun in the Summertime" (1969)

It's summertime, and it's definitely hot, but I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call it "fun."  We're in one of those patented Sacramento stretches of heat above 100 degrees, and they're now projecting a high tomorrow that could reach 110.  Kind of hard to have fun in that kind of weather, no matter what you're doing.

"Hot" defines perfectly the status of Sly and the Family Stone during the late 1960s period when this song became a huge smash.  Partly due to Sly's non-musical proclivities, it was destined not to last, but while it was happening, it sure was fun.

"Hot Fun in the Summertime," Sly and the Family Stone, from the summer of 1969.

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