In the summer of '84, my Aunt Gerry and her husband, my Uncle "Turk", came to stay with us for two weeks...which JUST so happened to coincide with a new found fondness for slipping out the door and around the house for a puff or twelve.
My folks were a known commodity...I was in sync with their schedules, knew their patterns, and 99% of the time no one was the wiser. Gerry, bless her with her white zinc'd nose and terrycloth beach hat, was another story. Her patterns were erratic--one moment she's sunning herself out on the deck, another moment she's mixing whiskey sours. What to make of this? I was forced to wait it out til things settled down. And wait. And wait...
I count some of my finest moments on earth to be those when finally the lights went out and I snuck out into the simmering summer. Alone with the crickets and the fireflies in the purple light...y'know--thinking things over for the first time. I'd have played all these songs waiting for this moment and when slipping back in and returning to the same playlist, they sounded all that much better.
Gerry and Turk are both gone now and yet I think of that summer as the Last Great Summer when I had nothing but time to just...wait...things...out.
Heaven 17 - Let Me Go (Mp3)
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (Mp3)
Seona Dancing - More To Lose (Mp3)
Vitamin Z - Burning Flame (Mp3)
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy (Original 12-inch extended version) (Mp3)
China Crisis - Wishful Thinking (Mp3)
The Style Council - You're The Best Thing (Mp3)
Everything But The Girl - When All's Well (Mp3)
Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You (Mp3)
INXS - I Send A Message (Rare Extended Mix) (Mp3)
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts (Mp3)
The Clash - Career Opportunities (Mp3)
The Pale Fountains - From Across The Kitchen Table (Mp3)
Tears For Fears - Watch Me Bleed (Mp3)
The Fixx - Red Skies (Mp3)