Everyone has a song named “Summertime”

I was thinking the other day there are a lot of artists with a song called “Summertime”.  I can understand their enthusiasm and reasoning for writing a song like that – I certainly enjoy when the weather warms up and everything turns green.  There is so much fun to be had in the summer, especially here in Ithaca.  Sublime, Kenny Chesney, George Gershwin, Bon Jovi, and DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince all have their own version of the song, and now so do The New Kids On the Block.  That’s right, NKOTB has a song on the radio now called Summertime, off their reunion album.

Don’t believe me?  Click on the picture and check it out.

Seriously.  I laugh everytime I hear this song.  Maybe its because their lyrics are so bad:

Do you remember,
Or should I rewind,
To that summer when you caught my eye,
I played it cool,
The weather was hot,
You had the beauty and the beach on lock.

Or maybe its because I can’t believe the New Kids on the Block have a new song out.  The average age of these guys is 39 years old.  Not that there is anything wrong with being that age, but I have a hard time listening to a boy band croon about summer love on the beach 20 years after they were a boy band.  Anyone else share my opinion?

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6 thoughts on “Everyone has a song named “Summertime””

  1. Actually, the subtext for this song is about NKOTB & their experience with their fans 20 years ago. It’s a homage to the fans and not about them thinking about summer love at this age. A lot of the songs on their new album will have double meanings like this for their loyal fans. It doesn’t matter what song they put out because people like you will always find something wrong with it just because it was sung by them. Folks like you are not mature enough to judge their songs objectively.

  2. Thanks for the comment Ava. While I will admit the lyrics are taken a little out of context, it doesn’t change the point to my post. This song is clearly them reminiscing about past flames in the summer, as I’m sure plenty of their other songs will reference the past, and still try to stay current. You might want to think twice about telling me I am having trouble judging their song objectively – you seem to be caught up on the nostalgia and emotionally attached as one of their “loyal fans”. I have never been a fan, and will not ever be a fan of their music – that doesn’t change the fact that 40 year old men are posing as a previous boy band just to make money off their “loyal fans”.

  3. “A lot of the songs on their new album will have double meanings like this for their loyal fans.”

    Double meaning? So some how the way the way that 39 year old Danny Wood is gyrating his pelvis is supposed to bring back memories of “Hangin’ Tough”? I know that when I saw the video of them “Hangin Tough” I was pretty intimated. Although, I can really see how “Or should I rewind” might make me remember the self-absorbed line from their past, “Hey girl in your eyes, I see a picture of me all the time”.

    “It doesn’t matter what song they put out because people like you will always find something wrong with it just because it was sung by them.”

    I’m going to go ahead and give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you had a typo here. I think it meant to read:
    “It doesn’t matter what song they put out because people like you will always realize that their new album is nothing more than putting their old album into a blender with a few cups dogshit and packaging it a new label.”

  4. I would like to make an objective comment as an NKOTB fan. To begin, I had the entire NKOTB ensemble: band T-shirt, black nylon jacket with NKOTB graphics silkscreened onto the back, and a Jordan Knight button pinned onto said jacket…I had the NKOTB bedding set (and throw pillows, I might add) and theirs was the first concert I EVER went to. Having said that and established myself as a loyal fan, I would like to say that this song is, in fact horrible. I would hope that 40 year-old men, nostalgic or not, would have a vocabulary better than: “I’ll never forget / Touchin your body all soakin wet / The water was cool / The feelin was hot / Kissin on you while the ocean rocked.” I have to agree that this is nothing more than a sad attempt to make a quick buck off of loyal fans and I, for one, do not plan on helping NKOTB with that.

  5. Is nostalgia some kind of popular term that people at Cornell use? To be honest I am not sure where the word nostalgia came from. Does anyone else think nostalgia would be better used to describe some kind of nasal problem?

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