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Summertime Blues: Beach Boys, Alice Cooper...

Think summer, think Beach Boys. But instead of focusing on one of the band’s array of iconic sunshine-themed songs, let’s take a listen to their ironic attempt to shed the surfer image in favor of tunes with a more political flavor: "Don't Go Near the Water" doesn’t invite the listener to grab a surf board, but rather to avoid the environmentally unsound water altogether. The song came out on Surf’s Up, the 17th studio album, in 1971. The Beach Boys have also recorded versions of these next two tunes:

Sly and the Family Stone’s "Hot Fun in the Summertime" was released in the wake of the band's talked-about performance at Woodstock. The song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and number 3 on the U.S. Billboard soul chart in 1969. The band included it on their 1970 Greatest Hits LP. The Beach Boys tracked it on their 1992 album Summer in Paradise.

"Summertime Blues,” co-written and recorded by rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran, was released in August of 1958. The Who recorded a studio version in 1967, but it wasn’t released until 1998, when it appeared on the remastered CD of Odds & Sods. The Who’s first released version, and the one used here, appeared on the 1970 album Live at Leeds. The Beach Boys covered the song on their first album, Surfin’ Safari, in 1962.

Plus a bonus video of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” (For Summer), which set the mood for the summer of ’72.

School's Out, by Alice Cooper