So, summer is over. You've completed your back-to-school shopping and come to
terms with the fact that there will be no more vacation until the winter holidays come around. It'll
be awhile before you can skip school/ blow off the afternoon's work and head for
the beach again. So, what to do till next summer rolls around?
Not to worry. This year summer fun has taken refuge in the Surfrider Foundation's
Music For Our Mother Ocean 3 compilation awaiting purchase at your favorite
record store. The foundation educates legislators and the general public
about ocean pollution. It raises money by selling albums about the surf and summer
love with contributions from popular artists. This third volume is the strongest
of the MOM albums to date. Artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to Smash Mouth
to Butthole Surfers to
Jimmy Buffett contribute tracks that capture the lazy, hazy, crazy vibe of a sunny
day spent seaside.
Nearly any track on the album would make perfect background music for a variety of
summery activities. Brian Setzer and Brian Wilson team up on the Beach Boys'
"Little Deuce Coup," producing a revved up, guitar-heavy version perfect for
listening to while packing up the car for a trip. Sprung Monkey's hyper hip-hop
take on Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" would be the perfect soundtrack for dancing
drunkenly at an overcrowded frat-boy bar. Beck's "Electric Music and the Summer
People" (RealAudio excerpt) sounds like a lost Beach Boys track filtered through a Middle Eastern
prism and would work perfectly in a dance sequence in a contemporary version of
"Beach Blanket Bingo."
If you're looking for a good head-bobbing cruising song, Snoop Dogg with the Gap
Band's Charlie Wilson and all of Rage Against The Machine except Zack de la Rocha
fill the bill by finally unleashing their 2-year-old rap-rock version of "Snoop
Bounce," from Tha Doggfather. Also on the funk-rock cruisin' tip is the Red
Hot Chili Peppers' "How Strong" (RealAudio excerpt), a midtempo tune with deep, popping bass and
guitar work that shifts from tight funk to swirling psychedelia. Surf guitar is
also well-represented on MOM 3;
Everclear turn in a fun, hard-hitting and faithful version of the surf classic
"Walk Don't Run."
There are only a few lulls on MOM 3. The Butthole Surfers' version of
In The City" is only OK; it's pretty tame considering the group's legendary
hillbilly acid rock freak-outs. Tracks by Pearl Jam and the Beastie Boys aren't
nearly as exciting as they could be. And perhaps bookending James Taylor's new age
"Gaia" with Smash Mouth's funky "Mother" and the Beasties' punk-rock "Nothing To
Say," wasn't the best idea.
Still, four lame tracks out of a total of 21 is none too shabby. The remainder
whether the touching end-of-summer laments from Chris Isaak and Lisa Loeb ("Summer" [RealAudio excerpt]),
the backyard BBQ groves of Lit and Allison Moorer or the odd political song, such
as Paul McCartney and Wings' "Wild Life" are big waves, with some coming in
harder and faster than others.
So there you have it: endless summer in compact disc form. Enjoy.