It's Ireland so at the mere hint of a spell of sunny weather, we have got to plan to make the most of it. So with blue skies forecast for the coming days, we present a playlist of some alternative summer tunes to get you in the holiday mood.
Words: Paul Page
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
The ultimate Summer band - could have chosen literally any song from their vast back catalogue. Even though this one leaves out any overt reference to surfing, sun kissed Californian beaches, etc., it's a perfect summer tune. It's also one of the most flawless songs ever written. Glorious.
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
The Fab Four knew a thing or two about writing classic pop songs and this was them at their summery best.
Ain't That Enough - Teenage Fanclub
Hugely underrated song from one of the best bands of the 90s. Chiming guitars and harmonies to make the heart soar.
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
From the classic album Harvest, one for long summer drives; wind the windows down and turn the volume UP.
Big Sur - The Thrills
They captured the hearts and minds of Irish music fans for a brief but golden spell in 1993 -debut album So Much For the City was a huge hit and this song was steeped in the sunny sounds of West Coast Americana.
Who Loves the Sun - Velvet Underground
When they weren't exploring the seedy underbelly of New York life, the Velvets proved perfectly adept at producing well crafted pop gems like this one.
Holiday - Vampire Weekend
One of the very best guitar pop bands of the modern era -this jaunty little number screams get your suitcase and go.
Right Here - The Go-Betweens
Sometimes great pop music just smells of the summer. It's there in the melody, that capacity to lift the spirits with a simple chord change or soaring harmony. Eighties Australian band The Go Betweens had unlocked the secret to making timeless pop music - such a shame they never got the widespread recognition they deserved.
Velocity Girl - Primal Scream
Before Bobbie and the boys transformed into dance pioneers/rock gods, they were a slightly fey, jangly guitar band, heavily influenced by the Byrds. This was one and a half minutes of pure, breezy pop perfection.
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Okay, not so alternative but who among us could resist a little 80s fist pumping nostalgia with the Canadian rock legend?