Summer (4:23)

Cover of Ten Rapid

From Ten Rapid and 13 other releases

“Summer” is a song by Mogwai released as a double A-side with “Ithica 27ø9” on 4 November 1996 and eventually included on Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996-1997). A version of “Summer” called “Summer (Priority Version)” is included on Mogwai’s debut album, Young Team.

“Summer” could be described as Mogwai’s equivalent of a pop song. The original version of “Summer” is still played live regularly, whereas the Priority Version, while not usually played live anymore, used to be played live quite commonly in the late 1990s. The song was originally titled “Martin”, most likely after Mogwai drummer Martin Bulloch. “Summer” could possibly be the first Mogwai song ever written because the 1995 Deadcat Motorbike demos (Stuart Braithwaite’s previous band) contain a track labelled “Summer”.

The version of “Summer” which appeared on the band’s 1997 debut album, Mogwai Young Team, entitled “Summer (Priority Version)” was first played live for a Peel session in late 1996. Stuart Braithwaite has commented on this version of the song, saying:

“ I think that we must have been on crack when we wrote it because it’s crap.”

The song begins with a quiet recording of the chorus of “Summer”, with lots of reverb. At (0:40), it fades out and the bass riff of “Summer” kicks in, accompanied by an Organ. At (0:54), it is joined by the drums, and a glockenspiel playing the melody. At (1:24), the distorted guitars are brought in, playing a heavily distorted E5 chord along with heavy drumming. At (1:30), the quiet glockenspiel melody returns briefly, before being drowned out at (1:36) by the guitars playing the E5 chord.


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  • DanielJFraser

    Ten Rapid >> Priority

    16 Jun 1:50pm Reply
  • Baysum

    fucking 3:00.. JESUS!!

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rhinowing

    changed my mind, this is awesome

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Khan_Omizu

    Matured gracefully, much like myself..

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rhinowing

    not really a fan of this, it lacks the sublety that makes the priority version so great

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • andnino

    Can't help this reminding me of Toxicity...

    25 Nov 2010 Reply
  • NarooN

    I agree with the band themselves, the Priority Version sucks complete balls. Just my opinion of course.

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • m1SeRY

    Oh god, so much emotions filled in one song. And what a wonderful name.

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • tropcia

    so good...

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • glentennis

    I just realized how much greater this version is than the priority version yesterday. Not that I don't like the priority version though, its dark and brooding and works well on Young Team, but the awesome, triumphant riff at 1:45/2:33 in this version is stupidly relegated to the background on the priority version. That riff IS summer to me.

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • sapienspolonus

    want summer right now, as dirty and muggy. Sleeping in railway stations, drinking too much. Freedom

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • blacknail

    Gotta love the snare drum in the "normal" version <3

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • katia111

    Softly, but at the same time with character!!!

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • LogsieBoges

    I'll just melt if they play this on Saturday.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • pgjesper

    one of my all time mogwai tracks. so classical build up, such drama

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • gln-b

    the priority version sucks compared to this one... This one is simply awesome

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • tapelanguage

    In the case of longitudinal harmonic sound waves, the frequency and wavelength can be described with the formulae

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • joyrexj9

    Loud, this needs to be played LOUD

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Gerzzo

    "Epic" works!

    15 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Deadnight_

    Hearing this song live was the most epic thing I have ever experienced!

    5 Nov 2008 Reply
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