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summer


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill / Parker


publisher
BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd


background
Summer was first mentioned as a possible track for the second Lostboy! album.

"Summer I recall less about - it was simply an idea with big energetic appeal for me. But I wanted to give you a more upbeat number. We demoed the vocal to Summer and Sense Of Discovery on the same day in the West End. A good day that was!" - Owen Parker, February 2018

"Good flight to London with Charlie, both looking forward to the coming Simple Minds gigs. Went to the studio near Oxford Street to demo two new Lostboy! AKA songs - music of both written by Owen Parker. (Owen composed the music to The Wait Parts 1+2, She Fell In Love With Silence and Broken Glass Park). I liked how these new ones shaped up. "Summer" could be good. Sense Of Discovery will be beautiful!" - Jim 1st June 2010

Even though he had the title back in 2010, it was the events at the Bergen Festival in Norway on the 13th June 2014 which inspired Jim to write the lyrics.

It was eventually recorded by Simple Minds and released on Walk Between Worlds.


PP: "I think Summer is my pick of best on the album. Ironically for something titled Summer, it's dark and driving. But it immediately caught my attention. I don't know what you call a single anymore but this should be the single."
JK: "In the old days, people would've said "That's a hit single." God knows what that is now. It's certainly catchy enough and uplifting enough. A couple of years ago we were up north, way up in Scandinavia, in the peak of the midnight sun, which was unreal. We were playing festivals, going on after midnight, where there was still daylight. Up there is a place called Bergen, and the whole town was hyped up, they were going into the countryside to lose themselves for a few days and people were ecstatic. Not going on until midnight I was sitting in a hotel room thinking "Maybe I'll do some work here." We had the track, it's a very uplifting track and I guess I was influenced by the feeling around me. And I thought, "I'm going to try and write one of the ultimate summer songs." Although the Isley Brothers might have the edge on that. But it's got all that imagery. I'm glad it made that impression on you."

Goldmine Interview
January 2018


SL: One of those things which struck me as well just quickly going back to what's in the lyrics you're doing what you do quite well which is expressing a feeling. Summer gives you that impression that Jim Kerr wakes up in the morning, jumps out of bed and says "I love being alive." And I'd imagine that you do do that. [Laughs]
JK: Well I'll tell you the good thing about that. And this is a thing when I played it to our manager Ian, he got so excited he said "Ah, Summer... bummer" and I said "What do you mean?" and he goes "The words. Here comes summer. That's good. Here comes rain. You can't... what...? Here comes summer. Here comes rain. Can't we..." And I said "Jim Morrison would've said that." You've got to throw the shadows in there. You can't just go "Summer!" There's got to be a feeling of lightness coming or thunder clouds are somewhere there. And then you're on to something.

Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Steve Lamacq
Steve Lamacq Show
BBC Radio 6
24th January 2018


In the case of Summer, we were on a summer festival tour and it was near the start. It was up in Scandinavia. It was right in the middle of that twenty-four hour daylight - when you're sitting there at midnight and it's still daylight. There was a great vibe in the town, because the festival was going on. Everyone was leaving to go into the fields. We weren't going on until about two o'clock in the morning - which was still daylight. So there was something "Otherworldly" about it; estatic about it as well. And the tune I was working on seemed to have that in it.

Jim Kerr
Walk Between Worlds EPK
February 2018

He explains how the track Summer was written after the band played a festival in Norway and was partly inspired by Debbie Harry of Blondie.

Kerr says: "I know Debbie and have met her a few times.

"At the festival, Blondie were playing before us and we went to see them. But we didn't get a chance to speak.

"Later, I went back to work on this song and I was sat on my hotel balcony. "On the far side of the hotel, I could see Debbie Harry sitting with her back to me. So, when I think of the song, I think of that night and capturing a moment.

"When I checked out the next day, the receptionist said, 'Miss Harry has left you something.' And she'd left me a packet of Haribo bears. It was great and shes so great."

Up Close With Simple Minds
The Sun
8th February 2018

AW: "I always felt Summer would make a great single In some way its more than the sum of its parts as the verse and chorus are different versions of the same part. The excitement comes entirely from the dynamics which turn it into a very complete song. It was one of the first songs to really fire, and had a great sound right from the off, so it was an important piece for us."

Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
Producers Interview
March 2018

The song was remixed by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton and released as a single on the 4th May, after being exclusively played by Steve Lamaqc on his Roundtable show the previous day. An album edit of the song was digitally released on the 18th May.




lyrics
Here comes summer, here comes rain
Here comes all those mysteries, make me born again
Here comes lightening now, I like the way it shoots
Here comes all those mysteries taking me to my roots
And when the sun rises again, into the fields, I wake up
Into my dreams I descend, where its all so real

Here comes summer, here comes rain
Here comes all those energies making me born again
Here comes lightening, I like the way it shoots
Here comes all those fantasies taking me to my roots

Here comes summer, here comes light
Here comes all those fantasies taking me through the night
Here comes summer coming, here comes heat
Here comes that strange power, taking me to my feet
And when the sun rises again, into the fields, I wake up
With no more dreams I descend, where its all so real

Here comes summer, here comes rain
Here comes all those energies making me born again
Here comes lightening, I like the way it shoots
Here comes all those fantasies taking me to my roots

All those bodies, all those bodies move around
Oh all those bodies everywhere

Here comes summer, here comes rain
Here comes all those energies making me born again
Here comes lightening, I like the way it shoots
Here comes all those fantasies taking me to my roots




discography
Edit (3:58)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Summer Download Summer CD Promo
Album Version (4:57)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Walk Between Worlds Promo CD Walk Between Worlds LP Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Blue) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Pink) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Picture LP Walk Between Worlds CD Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe CD Summer CD Promo
Instrumental (4:57)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Summer CD Promo
Gary Numan & Ade Fenton Edit (3:51)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Remixed by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton

Summer CD Promo Summer Download
Gary Numan & Ade Fenton Remix (4:36)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Remixed by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton

Summer CD Promo Summer Download
Gary Numan & Ade Fenton Inst (4:36)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Remixed by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton

Summer CD Promo
Club Mix (4:04)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Remixed by ???

Johnson Somerset Remix (11:01)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Remixed by Johnson Somerset
Engineered and programmed by Si Willey and Rich B
Sonic Guest: Albie De Luca




live history
Walk Between Worlds: 2018
Walk Between Worlds Summer Tour: 2018