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First Day of SummerFirst Day of Summer

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by Tony Carey

~ It’s weird what people are famous for ~

Tony Carey started off in a Christian rock band that fell apart because of drug use. He happened to be in a studio recording next door to Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow and ended up on tour with him for a few years, as well as appearing on an album as the keyboardist.

Years later, after an IRS investigation and his album getting handed around different record labels, he finally hit MTV in the early ’80s with “(It’s a) Fine, Fine Day.”  In the summer of 84, this single was released and between the video and a fairly infectious chorus, was all over the radio for 2 months. It’s probably his best known song even today. 

Which is what’s weird about Tony. He was in a much bigger band (Rainbow) and had a bigger hit single (“Fine, Fine Day” charted higher), and ran his own record label for a bunch of years. Hell, he’s not even famous for the IRS raid that took down his first record label. He’s famous for a modestly charting but very peppy tune about a specific day of the year, and since it comes around every June, the song gets played again, every June, like clockwork.

He’s not famous for his bigger successes or his spectacular failures. He’s famous for a song about a particular day on the calendar.

Flute Week: Last In LineFlute Week: Last In Line

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by Tenacious D

~ When the joke is on everyone else on the record ~

Jack Black is a genius, and it’s amazing how musically competent the guy is given how hilarious he is in the movies. People shouldn’t be allowed to be that talented at more than one thing

What’s great about this cover tune is that it’s on an entire tribute album of cover tunes, and while they are trying to be an over-the-top parody of the genre, they actually turn in one of the heavier and more outstanding performances of the entire album. There’s not a lot of flute in here, but just enough to make it worth including this one.

So yeah, it’s not “Fleet Week” but rather “flute week” – rock music with a flute in the song. And yes, we’re going to do it all without Jethro Tull! Oh, and we’re skipping “Sure Shot” by the Beastie Boys because, well, we already covered it.

Flute Week: Can’t You SeeFlute Week: Can’t You See

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by Marshall Tucker Band

~ You don’t mess with a classic ~

One of the all-time classics of Southern rock would be horribly incomplete without one of the better flute parts you’ve ever heard in a rock song. Not much to say here. Just lay back and enjoy

So yeah, it’s not “Fleet Week” but rather “flute week” – rock music with a flute in the song. And yes, we’re going to do it all without Jethro Tull! Oh, and we’re skipping “Sure Shot” by the Beastie Boys because, well, we already covered it.

Flute Week: UntouchedFlute Week: Untouched

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by Baker’s Pink

~ Was probably written for, and in, a coffeehouse ~

Yes, I’m still standing on the table in support of this album because it is some seriously unrecognized mid-90s brilliance. This is what, my 3rd (or 4th?) song from this album, and there’s (probably) more coming…

It’s a really nice coffeehouse-style guitar groove with a simple underlying beat that you can play along on some bongos. The bass would work as a stand-up bass or as a traditional one. But then there’s the flute riff that pops in throughout the song and gives you a hummable little melody to stick with around a nice tune that makes as well into late night playlists.

So yeah, it’s not “Fleet Week” but rather “flute week” – rock music with a flute in the song. And yes, we’re going to do it all without Jethro Tull! Oh, and we’re skipping “Sure Shot” by the Beastie Boys because, well, we already covered it.

Flute Week: Moments With YouFlute Week: Moments With You

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by Gran Torino

~ No, you’ve never heard of them. So what? ~

There’s not a whole lot of flute in here. Honestly, there’s probably a little more record scratch in here than the flute riff. But, it’s a nice little underlying touch that you get in the middle of each verse just to give the song that extra bit of pep.

These guys made absolutely zero dent in the national music scene at all, and I only happened to find them because the local alternative radio station back in Colombia around 20 years ago threw them on the radio because they were playing on the undercard of a local festival. But it’s a great tune and I’ve had it in rotation for longer than my son has been around…

So yeah, it’s not “Fleet Week” but rather “flute week” – rock music with a flute in the song. And yes, we’re going to do it all without Jethro Tull! Oh, and we’re skipping “Sure Shot” by the Beastie Boys because, well, we already covered it.

Flute Week: I Want MoreFlute Week: I Want More

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by Tedeschi Trucks Band

~ Built for an extended jam ~

It’s a great Southern rock tune for a live concert because the rhythm guitar riff is such a basic driving riff that it’s easy to stretch it out and repeat as needed for Derek trucks to just riff over as long as he feels like. When the song mellows out into its extended coda, the flute player shows up and gets to take over for a little bit

So yeah, it’s not “Fleet Week” but rather “flute week” – rock music with a flute in the song. And yes, we’re going to do it all without Jethro Tull! Oh, and we’re skipping “Sure Shot” by the Beastie Boys because, well, we already covered it.