I’ve decided to open up this whole “Songs Of Summer” thing to more than just this year, partly because I have a playlist on my iPod of songs that remind me of summer and partly because there don’t seem to be a ton of new summery songs this season. My intent is to do one a day, but we’ll see how that goes. So, my first pick for the newly expanded version of SOS is The Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979.” It’s not my favorite summer song, but few songs put me so firmly in a nostalgic mindset as this one. Like I said before, I’m not that big of a Smashing Pumpkins fan, but this is absolutely, without a doubt, my favorite song of theirs. I’m not exactly sure when the song/video came out, but I do remember watching the hell out of it on MTV in the summer. As a kid I wasn’t allowed to watch MTV because my parents didn’t want me seeing women objectified in videos, but by the time I was in what most people call junior high (I just called in 7th and 8th grade as we didn’t have junior highs) I was staying home along during the summer days and filling up on tons and tons of music videos including this one. You can check out the actual video here (stupid places not allowing their videos to be embedded!).
The song itself just has a such an ethereal and dreamy quality to it, but I think the video really makes me think of summer with the kids running around, doing whatever they want and having parties. For the most part, my high school life wasn’t like that, but it seemed very protoytpical to my developing mind. I can’t hear the song without thinking first of the video, then of summer which leads to memories of riding my bike over to friends’ houses, not having any responsibilities and just hanging out. Good times.