Life is better in flip flops.   –author unknown Probably not the first song that comes to mind when one puts together a summer playlist, “Island in the Sun” by Weezer made the list simply for its juxtaposition of bliss and melancholy.   When I hear this song I think of summer longing…a desire to escape not […]

Life is better in flip flops.   –author unknown

Probably not the first song that comes to mind when one puts together a summer playlist, “Island in the Sun” by Weezer made the list simply for its juxtaposition of bliss and melancholy.   When I hear this song I think of summer longing…a desire to escape not necessarily because you're in a bad place, but simply because.   It's a love song of sorts…two people who get away for what seems like a never-ending vacation where there are no worries, no cares and no responsibilities.   Sounds like a summer destination to me!

Making the song extra catchy  is  its straight-faced “hip, hip” background vocals and the almost monotone lyrics.   Not Weezer's most famous song, still it did manage to earn a place on several music charts overseas.   Also interesting, the band made two (very different) videos for this tune in 2001.   The first depicted a Mexican wedding where the  traditional festivities  carried on around the band as if they didn't exist.   The second video shows the band interacting with wild animals at a  refuge (actually somewhere in California although they do a good job making it look like Africa.)   The latter, receiving the most air time on MTV.   Personally, I love the wedding–those deadpan faces among the happy-go-lucky bride and groom get me every time!

This mellow, California vibe is perfect for a lazy, daydreaming sort of summer day.   The kind of day where if you're lucky enough to own a hammock you can “wish” yourself away to your own personal island in the sun.

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