Every summer, when we go through a patch of blazing sun and humidity, which no one could ever see coming, so it surprises us every time, some guy posts a list of “BEST SUMMER SONGS TO BEAT THE HEAT.” Or maybe, it’s “KEEP COOL WITH THESE SUMMER JAMS.” The “cool” part has double meaning, because the songs are cool, you see. “Oh thanks,” we think. “These noises coming out of my computer are sure making the temperature drop in my sweltering apartment.” What’s worse is that most of the time, the songs are all people singing about how hot it is outside. If we wanted to be constantly reminded of how hot it is, we’d go to Facebook and scroll through the constant stream of people taking pictures of their car thermometers.
That said, here’s a new summer jam about summer for you to summer around to! It’s a cover of the “Heatwave,”—popularized by Martha and the Vandellas in the sixties—from San Antonio trio Girl In a Coma, who lend their spiky rock and roll charm to the Motown classic. In case you’re wondering, the band, who kick off their tour next week at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on July 18, have previously covered the Smiths (obviously). In fact, I saw them open for Moz himself a couple years ago, and it was brutally hot in there. That dude sweats a lot.