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Any Major Beach Vol. 1

Any Major Beach

Summer is on its way, in the northern hemisphere, and for many people that means going to the beach — or dreaming of sun, sand and sea. So, having given you five mixes of Any Major Summer already, let’s go to the beach.

On our way, we give a tip of the hat to reader Rob, who suggested this idea as a sequel to the summer mixes. The idea in the Any Major Beach mixes — yes, there will be more — is that the songs must be set on the beach or at the sea, even if only as an idea or memory.

Obviously many beach songs are cheesy, evoking Elvis in modest bathing shorts on Hawaii. There must be space for such banal fun, and The Supremes provide it here with their ditty from a 1965 movie. But many songs here offer a more sober view of the beach.

Of course, a beach mix must include the Beach Boys. They are represented here twice: with a 1968 song, and an exquisite cover of Surfer Girl by the very fine Dave Alvin. The Beach Boys track is as superb as it is pitiable in Mike Love’s desperate appeal for the Beach Boys to return to the old beach, surf and cars tropes of yesteryear, rather than Brian Wilson’s studio doodling. Wilson was game though. He wrote a fantastic melody for Love’s lyrics, and made an arrangement with Carl that would satisfy both Love’s anachronistic sentiments as well as his creative production values, with loads of overdubs. Wilson calls it his best collaboration with Love.

One man we don’t really associate with beaches is Prince; still, here it is suggesting sex on the beach. The song was credited to “The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince)”.

My new friend Rob suggested the inclusion of The Drifters’ On The Boardwalk. That song may feature in another volume in the form of a cover version (not Bruce Willis’ though!); here The Drifters offer something of a sequel to that great hit.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R to play in your transistor radio and includes home-sunburnt covers. PW in comments.

And don’t forget apply your sunscreen!

1. The Hollies – Postcard (1967)
2. Blondie – In The Sun (1976)
3. Kirsty MacColl – He’s On The Beach (1985)
4. Martha And The Muffins – Echo Beach (1980)
5. Grace Jones – All On A Summer’s Night (1978)
6. Chairmen Of The Board – Beach Fever (1983)
7. The Dazz Band – Do It Again (1980)
8. The Artist (formerly known etc) – Sex In The Summer (1996)
9. George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair (1979)
10. War – All Day Music (1971)
11. Harry Nilsson – Down By The Sea (1975)
12. The Beach Boys – Do It Again (1968)
13. The Supremes – Beach Ball (1965)
14. The Pleasures – Let’s Have A Beach Party (1965)
15. Pat Boone – Love Letters In The Sand (1957)
16. The Drifters – I’ve Got Sand In My Shoes (1964)
17. Ralph McTell – Summer Girls (1992)
18. Jack Johnson – To The Sea (2010)
19. Zac Brown Band – Toes (2008)
20. Dave Alvin – Surfer Girl (2006)
21. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Linda Ronstadt – An American Dream (1979)
22. Joan Armatrading – Ma-Me-O-Beach (1980)
23. The B-52’s – Theme For A Nude Beach (1986)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    June 23rd, 2016 at 08:45 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. IanM
    June 23rd, 2016 at 17:16 | #2

    Very nice compilation. Thank you. Anything with ‘Theme for a Nude Beach’ on it gets my vote.

  3. Keith
    June 24th, 2016 at 05:41 | #3

    Love the theme idea! I was hoping a version of “The Girl From Ipanema” was included, maybe on a future installment. ;)
    I always look forward to what you post and appreciate what you do.

  4. halfhearteddude
    June 24th, 2016 at 16:11 | #4

    I have a whole song swarm on that song in the works.

  5. Keith
    June 24th, 2016 at 18:14 | #5

    Ok, now I’m stoked!!

  6. Freddie Jaye
    June 26th, 2016 at 16:24 | #6

    Your comps are always treats, no matter the theme. May I suggest Chris Rea’s “On the Beach” for future consideration?

  7. dogbreath
    June 27th, 2016 at 11:59 | #7

    Nice spread of tunes from the 50’s up to date. Hoping “Rockaway Beach” will get a look in later on. All we need now is good enough weather to actually get out of our raincoats and overcoats and get on the beach. Cheers!

  8. jukeboxphantom
    June 28th, 2016 at 23:21 | #8

    Thanks, amd whah, excellent flow on this comp. JBP

  9. foo
    January 12th, 2022 at 20:25 | #9

    And this link has expired.
    I’d also like for a re-up to complete the collection.

  10. amdwhah
    January 16th, 2022 at 16:47 | #10

    New links are up.

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