We’re about to enter the hottest, driest month of the year in Mooseville. Though we prefer cooler, wetter seasons, we must pay tribute to the heat so that we can rejoice extra joyfully when it’s relieved.
SONG OF THE monDAY
The Heat Is On was written by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey. It was recorded by Glenn Frey and released in 1985 as part of the soundtrack for the 1984 movie, Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. The song hit No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, edged out of the top spot by REO Speedwagon’s Can’t Fight This Feeling.
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Written by the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team, (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave was first made popular by Martha and the Vandellas. Released in 1963 from the album, Heat Wave, on the Motown subsidiary label, Gordy, the song peaked at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100 but hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot R&B and stayed there for four consecutive weeks.
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Written by Grace Potter and Mark Batson, Hot Summer Night is the twelfth track on Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ third studio album, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (2010). Though the song was not released as a single, it was used in 2011, along with Paris (Ooh La La), in an episode of MTV’s television show, Awkward.
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Released on April 16, 2002, Hot in Herre is from Nelly’s second studio album, Nellyville (2002). The song opens with samples from Neil Young’s There’s a World and Nancy Sinatra’s As Tears Go By, and its hook is from Chuck Brown & The Soul Searcher’s 1979 single Bustin’ Loose. In the US, Hot in Herre nabbed the top spot on Billboard Hot 100, Top 40, Hot R&B, and Hot Rap and earned Nelly a Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance.
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Hot-Hot-Hot was written by Arrow and featured on the 1982 album, Hot Hot Hot. It's been covered by several artists, including Buster Poindexter and The Merrymen, and has used in a ton of movies and TV shows and was the official theme song for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 that year for their second title. Their first was in 1978.
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A Hundred and Ten In the Shade is from John Fogerty’s 1997 album, Blue Moon Swamp. Fogerty wrote the song from the perspective of a slave who had to endure hard labor in sweltering heat. He uses a bottleneck guitar and a dobro and is accompanied by the gospel group, The Fairfield Four.