Hot Fun In The Summertime (1969)

Sly & The Family Stone

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Except that “Hot Fun In The Summertime” is so smooth and mellow, it could be called an anthem. It’s a hum-along-song, the slow groove as impractical as a sun reflector held to your face to deepen the tan. You hum because it’s a habit; you hold those silly reflectors for the same reason.

Sly’s lead singing and the backing vocals – including Rosie and Freddy Stone’s – sound like old sol peeking in and out of the big puffy clouds of July that promise a storm to cool us down.

It’s a great one. Good for the beach, good for driving around, a bit of the big city, a bit of the county fair, and soooo good for slow, slow dancing.

That’s when I had most of my fun back
High, high, high, high there
Them summer days, those summer days

I ‘Cloud nine’ when I want to
Out of school, yeah
County fair in the country sun
And everything, it’s true, ooh, yeah, yeah

Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime