Manic Monday #4 Challenge – Summertime Blues


When I saw this song and the grainy old edition of Eddie Cochran I thought how things have changed regarding production. They made do with the basic equipment and produced sounds that have stood to test of time. It doesn’t surprise me that the song listed so high on the all-time greatest hits.

For me, the song brings back my memories of the Woodstock festival. The Who did a great version of it and I remember being blown away at the time, I watched the film of Pete Townsend and his guitar playing on that huge stage as it was back then.

So, enjoyed watching Eddie and his mates, how fashion has changed with the boys resplendent in their suits and the comb back hairstyles.

In many ways, this song summed up the life all teenagers have had, that wanting to be out in the summer doing all the things the weather allows but always fighting against the needs of society, the demands of work, authority and of course parents. It must have been such a threatening time for so many conservative folk that their children were rebelling and on the cusp of changing the way society functioned.

It marked a time when the world as it was known was about to change, and we haven’t looked back. Thank goodness for that.


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15 Responses to Manic Monday #4 Challenge – Summertime Blues

  1. Fandango says:

    Were you really at Woodstock? I am so envious.

  2. Jael Sook says:

    Excellent! In the US, going to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco (flower-child freedoms galore) was a goal for many, and as we lived in Washington–not that far from California–my brother was determined to go, with or without permission. He went without–and my parents were chewing their nails up to the wrist, in fear he might not return. That was the first prayer God answered immediately for me, as I ironed the family’s clothes in the basement one evening. I’d no sooner begged God to bring him home, to ease my parents’ concern (a selfless prayer, mostly)–than I heard the front door open. My brother was back from his adventure, long-flowing curly black hair so iconic… I’m sure it was well worth it to him, though I never actually heard, since I was the white sheep of the family, sheltered or excluded from anything remotely “worldly”…

  3. MC Clark says:

    Have you heard the group Blue Cheer do Summertime Blues, Michael. That was my favorite.

  4. Sandi says:

    I really enjoyed this, Michael! I always heard about Woodstock, and Who redoing the song. I enjoy several bands and genres of music. Between my mom and dad (they divorced when I was 5) and so I received great exposure to many different sounds as my parents liked different things…and for the most part, I can appreciate most bands. However, there were two bands my mom had in her album collection that I just didn’t enjoy. Sure there were a couple good tunes, and I didn’t hate them – but the Doors (my mom loved them) and the Who just didn’t interest me. I much preferred from her collection – some of the Motown stuff, or Rolling Stones, Chicago, Foreigner, Journey, etc.

    • Michael says:

      For me the Who were something you could tolerate for a short space of time….they were a dynamic live act but for me their music always lacked a certain finish, maybe I was a snob in that way but I agree with you on the Rolling Stones, even today as old men they are wonderful to watch and listen to. I agree too about the Doors, what was all the fuss about. Foreigner and Chicago were also great bands, I don’t know Journey….

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