Well, we all knew it couldn't last, didn't we...?
10. Ash - Summer Snow
Steady on, Tim, you always have to take these things to an extreme, don't you?
9. ELO - Summer and Lightning
For Christmas, 1976, Jeff got the BBC Sound Effects: Weather LP.
8. Elkie Brooks - Sunshine After the Rain
The original: much better than the 90s cover.
7. Placebo - English Summer Rain
Good one from the goth-pixie.
Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,6. Peter Gabriel - Red Rain
English summer rain seems to last for ages.
OK, I realise this is a stretch, but I love the song and that's all it takes to get out my shoehorn.
Warning: do not google search what this song is about. It's by Peter Gabriel... just accept the story behind it will be more mental than anything you can imagine.
Don't watch the scary video either.
5. Turin Brakes - Pain Killer (Summer Rain)
Olly and Gale's biggest hit. Great to hear it again.
Leave all this misery behind...4. Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain
Another of my unashamed teenage pop crushes. Ah, Belinda...
3. The Alarm - Rain In The Summertime
Some knew them as the Welsh U2. Except: they were good.
2. Bruce Hornsby & The Range - Mandolin Rain
Can't believe I've published over 150 posts on this blog and this is the first time I've been able to include any Bruce Hornsby. Gorgeous stuff.
Running down by the lake shore,1. Beta Band - Dry The Rain
She did love the sound of a summer storm,
Played on the lake like a Mandolin,
Now it's washing her away... once again....
"I will now sell five copies of The Three E.P.s by The Beta Band", says John Cusack in the film version of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity (which, you will not be surprised to discover, is one of my favourite movies). However, the pedant in me always wants to complain that the version he plays in the shop isn't the one on The Three E.P.s... it's been specially edited for the movie.
Still. Great song.
Which one is sheltering under your umbrella?