Favorite Songs about Rain #2 - "Rain in the Summertime"
July 31, 2016 9:37am CST
Right about now, a lot of the country could use some rain, whether because of drought, extreme heat, or forest fires. Which brings me to #2 in my Favorite Songs about Rain series (an idea I've ripped off from @JohnRoberts,) "Rain in the Summertime" by The Alarm. Led by vocalist/guitarist Mike Peters (the band's only constant,) The Alarm formed in 1981 in Wales. With a similar sound and a few protest songs under their belts, the band drew inevitable comparisons to U2, a band The Alarm would open for (they've also toured in support of Bob Dylan.) Peters and company have sold over five million records worldwide. In 1987, the band scored their second-biggest UK hit with the danceable "Rain in the Summertime." The song reached #18 in Britain, and received college and alternative radio airplay here in the States (as well as on MTV's 120 Minutes.) Ranked at #2, "Rain in the Summertime" is obviously a favorite rain song. I saw Mike Peters in the middle of a bill with The Mission and Gene Loves Jezebel. As much as I dug the protest songs (and I do love protest songs,) it was "Rain in the Summertime" that was the highlight. As far as I'm concerned, The Alarm is highly underrated. This song is just one reason why.
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31 Jul 16
For me the most favorite rain song gotta be Led Zeppelin's The rain song . The way it unfolds slowly . Whenever it rains and I have a lot of leisure time on my hands , I put in my headphones and listen to this masterpiece. That soothing effect is something out of the world.
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31 Jul 16
So where were you hiding when the storm broke? Obviously I love the Alarm, too, and I totally concur that they should be seen for what they are -- a great band -- instead of being dismissed by lazy critics as a "U2 wannabe."