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.