The 70's was an era filled with amazing music and musicians. You had Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and many more. One artist that helped kick off that era was Mungo Jerry. In 1970 he put out what is easily one of the most catchy songs I have ever heard, "In The Summertime". While many people consider Mungo Jerry a one hit wonder, especially in the U.S., he created a hit that has stood the test of time and is really fun to listen to. Lets take a look at "In The Summertime".
I have to say, the music in this song is very simple, repetitive, and not much technicality to it. However, this song is able to make that work very well. That opening piano is really catchy and even though it is played through out the entire song, I never get tired of listening to it and I enjoy listening to it. The same pretty much goes for the vocals as well. While it was repetitive, I enjoyed every minute of listening to it. Clearly, Mungo Jerry knew what he wanted this song to be. He wanted to do a simple jam band song and he delivered on it. The music is catchy enough to keep you engaged but not technical, this just truly is a fun, jam song to listen to.
The lyrics in this song are pretty simple as well. The message of the song is just about having fun in the summertime and going out. So many phrases such as "have a drink, have a drive" and "go swimming in the sea" are all expressing about having a good time in the summertime. While the lyrics are not some of the best I have ever seen or heard, they work well with this song and really gives it a unique spin.
While this song may be Mungo Jerry's only hit (at least in the U.S.) it is a great hit. This song is fun in its simplicity and one you never get tired of listening to. I enjoy this song and highly recommend it, if you are looking for a good taste 70's music. I give In The Summertime a 4.5 out of 5.
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