Sat Eye Candy: Summer Sounds


There's a trio of songs that has long heralded the full, bright arrival of summer. Something intangible yet enduring resides in these warm notes. Without further adieu, here's a lil' inducement to smear on sunscreen and shimmy under open skies this weekend.

We kick it off with Daniel Opoku-Amo and the Mercy Band in Amsterdam doing a smokin' version of Hugh Masakela's immortal "Grazing In The Grass."

Here's the Friends of Distinction with their super peachy keen vocal version of Masakela's classic.

With perhaps the most distinctive sax intro of the 1970s, Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" is a monster of soft seasonal perfection. Here's the original promo video.

Jars of Clay offer up a rocked up live take on Rafferty's hit with melodica taking the place of the sax.

We'd be remiss if we didn't throw our hands up and shake a tail feather to Martha & The Vandellas. If this don't move you then maybe you need to check your pulse!

We wrap up this week with some "Dancing In The Street" and a glimpse at the Haight-Ashbury district in 1967 with our good friends The Grateful Dead in a segment narrated by an incredibly judgmental Harry Reisner, who just can't find the will to trip balls and shake his moneymaker.

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[Published on: 7/19/08]

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MoeString Sat 7/19/2008 04:58PM
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If your going to post a cover of 'Baker street' it should be the Foo Fighters.

PunkJazz starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/19/2008 11:38PM
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Grotesquerie (sp?) hahaha

moemoe6434 Sun 7/20/2008 09:44AM
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Rafferty WROTE "Baker Street"

moemoe6434 Sun 7/20/2008 09:52AM
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Never mind, i did not see the original/cover pattern (oops)

willb1 Thu 7/24/2008 02:22AM
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Actually, the original title was to be '221B Baker Street', but the Arthur Conan Doyle family threatened with a lawsuit.