Finally, we seem to be on the other side of this week's bout of soul-shredding heat. Summer's all well and good, but the Beach Boys weren't singing about an endless summer where it feels like 115 degrees. Their summers were a good 30 degrees cooler than what we've been experiencing, which might be why we've been feeling the need to punch Brian Wilson in his doughy, albeit talented, face every time we hear "Fun Fun Fun" or "I Get Around." Then again, Wilson relocated to temperate Southern California from the scorched plains of Kansas. As far as we know, he didn't write any odes to tornadoes borne from 100-degree heat getting knocked around by a thunderstorm.
To combat extreme heat fatigue, we've been drawn to winter songs. Cold songs. It wasn't a conscious decision. By the end of the day on Monday we happened to realize that the day's playlist looked like a snowbound soundtrack. Yes, we'll remember this in late February when the cold suddenly drives us to become Parrotheads.
"January Wedding" - Avett Brothers With a bride clad in a head-to-toe white wool to counteract the images of the gal wearing cut-off bib overalls with nothing but a bra underneath them.
"Calgary" by Bon Iver Beautiful 'inter, indeed! Even Justin Vernon's stage name imbues the glory of winter's lush snows. A song named after a Canadian city? It's the loving embrace of an ice bath.
"Frozen" by Madonna Madge, being frozen isn't such a bad thing. Just trying wearing that goth get-up in St. Louis this week without bursting into Satan's flames.
"Hazy Shade of Winter" by the Bangles Or Simon and Garfunkel. The Bangles version reminds us of the winter of '87, when the song was released on the Less Than Zero movie soundtrack. It was a cold winter, with only our shellacked hair to hold the heat in our bodies.
"Winter Wind" by Mumford and Sons A brief romp with a Mumford, just to keep warm on a cold London night? Well, okay, if you insist. "Cold" by the Cure Forget that bouncy "Hot Hot Hot" and move back a few years, back to the early days of the Cure, when Robert Smith was positively corpse-like in his coldness. "Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles Norway. Fjords. Sitars that sound like cracking icicles. Shut up - we know sitars are from India, but the Fab Four managed to make them feel as chilled, barren, and clean as an overpriced Scandinavian design store.
"So Cold" by Breaking Benjamin Because even searing hot nu-metalheads need to revisit their Norse mythology sometimes.
"New Year's Day" by U2 We want our cheeks to be that rosy from riding horses, possibly to battle, in the snowy woods. Not because we're about to keel with heat stroke.
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice This isn't a longing for cooler weather; this is heat delirium.
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