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Summer Radio


Radio DJ: “Welcome back to KNEIL, the HOTTEST music station on EARTH, home to the WIN WIN WIN KNEIL CONTEST. The fifth caller gets free tickets to this weekend’s HOTTEST concerts and MORE! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend out there. It’s definitely SUMMER. It’s a SCORCHER out there. HOTTTT!!! Hoping you’re keeping COOL at the BEACH. Woo-hoo, I wish I were there RIGHT NOW! Bikini babes and surfer dudes — BLASTING KNEIL and rocking with the SUMMER BEAT of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today. IT’S KNEIL. K-N-E-I-L. More commercial-free music. More rock. More soul. More. More. More. Summer means music and KNEIL plays the best summer songs all SUMMER LONG. Who doesn’t associate the summer with music? Remember the song that reminds you of your first kiss? Of that special summer vacation? Of “See You in September” playing in sleep-away camp? DING. DING. DING. It’s dedication hour. Call in RIGHT now with your favorite summer song from yesterday or today! What summer memory does this song remind you of? Call KNEIL! And the first caller is DING DONG: You’re on KNEIL!”

Neil: “Hi, this is Neilochka.”

Radio DJ: “Yo! Neilochka! What’s happening. What’s the STATION THAT ROCKS?”

Neil: “KNEIL!”

Radio DJ: “RING. RING. RING. What song do you want to hear and why?”

Neil: “It’s an old Donna Summer song, called “Bad Girls.” I remember being at a friend’s house and his sister putting it on the stereo, and some girl chased me around the pool, and I slipped and needed stitches. But I had the last laugh because the girl got in trouble  for running around the pool.”

Radio DJ: “BING BING BING. What a hot summer memory! BEEP BEEP BEEP. It’s SUMMER LOVE WEEKEND, all day today — COMMERCIAL FREE — on KNEIL, where it pays to PLAY! Neil, would you like dedicate this great song to anyone special?”

Neil: “Yes. I have a blog at, and I’ve become good friends with many brilliant, creative, and gorgeous women who I’ve met through my blog. I’d like to dedicate this summer song to these talented women, because I now think of them whenever I hear this song.”

Radio DJ: “GONG! This is for you, female readers of Citizen of the Month — a special song dedicated to YOU, here on KNEIL!”

Bad Girls by Donna Summer

Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah

See them out on the street at night, walkin’
Picking up on all kinds of strangers
If the price is right
You can’t score if you’re pocket’s tight
But you want a good time
You ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else
They come from near and far
Bad girls, yeah

Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls, yeah
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah

Friday night and the strip is hot
Sun’s gone down and they’re out to trot
Spirit’s high and legs look hot
Do you wanna get down
Now don’t you ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else, they wanna be a star

Bad girl
Sad girl, you’re such a naughty bad girl
Beep-Beep, uh-uh
You bad girl you sad girl
Your such a dirty bad girl
Beep-Beep, uh-uh

Now you and me we’re both the same
But you call yourself by different names
Now your mama won’t like it when she finds out
That her girl is out at night

Hey, Mister, have you got a dime
Mister, do you want to spent some time
Oh, yeah
I got what you want, you got what I need
I’ll be your baby, come and spend it on me
Hey, Mister
I’ll spend some time with you

P.S. — It seems that everyone has music on their mind during the hot summer in the city: more music favorites at Fringes and Rebecca.

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  1. Elisabeth

    Summer song associated with first kiss: A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum (1967). That song still gives me goose bumps.

    Thanks for the song, Neil.

  2. femme_despoir

    I LOVED this song back in my yOOth.
    Must download it and dance around the house. Ah, memories.

  3. femme_despoir

    “Bad Girls,” however, takes a second place to “Love to Love You Baby”

    remember that one?

  4. Grins

    Jamy over at Grateful Dating suggested you as an addition to my Single Male Bloggers list. I have to run and thank her now.

  5. kristen

    This song reminds me of the summertime of my teens at the beach on Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.

  6. Rebecca

    I love this song. I only wish my taste in music was as good as yours.

  7. Neil

    Femme — I certainly do. Would you like to dedicate that song to someone special in your life?

    Grin — ‘Single’ Male Bloggers List? Yes, please do! Time to break that ball and chain. I’m at Sophia’s and she’s making me follow her all day carrying this fan from room to room like I’m a slave boy to her Cleopatra.

  8. Karl

    How about “I Love the Nightlife” by Alicia Bridges. It always reminds me of my teen years, and that really fantastically awful movie about Dracula with George Hamilton and Artie Johnson and Richard Benjamin.

    Or maybe my more studly days when I was listening to “Union of the Snake” on Duran Duran’s “Seven and the Ragged Tiger.” That was way before I wore pastel t-shirts with linen jackets a’la “Miami Vice.”

    How did I not get laid more often?

  9. Paris Parfait

    A blast from the past! I remember that song – dancing in New York! Yep, definitely a bad girl.

  10. question girl

    first kiss…. man, i forgot about this until now…

    warrent – heaven isn’t too far away…

  11. justrun

    Aww, I remember the first time a boy dedicated a song to me. It was “We Are The Champions” because we were on the same hockey team. But it’s the thought that counts.

  12. Charming, but single

    I always think “Hot Child in the City,” but I”m probably too young for that to be from my youth …

    First kiss song? I am almost too embarassed to say. I am blushing just thinking about the song my little boyfriend played for me on his tape deck before we kissed. My friends still mock me …

  13. cruisin-mom

    First of all, I’m pissed off that Bad Girls is from your youth…it’s from my “going out to the clubs and dancing” days, (yes, you heard me right), in my 20’s. First kiss…Chicago’s “Saturday In the Park”

  14. Wendy

    Love. Just love that song..growing up with the disco cranking – man, i didn’t realize how unhip it was that my parents were doing it too…oh well…love Donna!

  15. Non-Highlighted Heather

    “Purple Rain.” The whole album. I still can’t hear “Let’s Go Crazy” without getting a little giddy and wanting to get up and dance. And do you remember “I Would Die 4 U” and all the lame hand signals that went with it? We were such dorks.

  16. Brooke

    Am I the only person to notice that you dedicated a song about hookers to all your girls of blog?

  17. Janet

    Oh. My. God. How do you come up with this stuff?:)

  18. Janet

    PS- Where’s Hot Stuff, or was that too obvious?:)

  19. lalitha


  20. Pearl

    I always associated Linda Ronstadt’s version of “HEAT WAVE” as “my” summer song.

  21. V-Grrrl

    The Boys of Summer by Don Henley

    I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen

    Night Moves by Bob Seeger

  22. Ash

    Black Velvet by Alannah Myles. I had a boyfriend that summer who …uh. I’ll just stop there shall I? 🙂

  23. Marilyn

    Thank god Brooke said it, otherwise I was going to feel compelled to… 😉

  24. Elizabeth

    oh great, thanks Neil, so you’re saying we’re all whores, nice–

    P.S. just in case it gets lost in the internet translation . . KIDDDDDDDDDing.

  25. fringes

    I think Neil is dedicating to the “many brilliant, creative, and gorgeous women” one of his favorite summer memories, not the hooker theme of the song. Unless one of his favorite summer memories also involves hookers. That would explain a few things.

    Thanks for the shout-out, Neil. Very cool.

  26. Neil

    Yes, but hookers with hearts of gold.

  27. Tara

    Or maybe he’s just trying to encourage us to be bad girls. It’s probably more fun for men to think of fellow female bloggers that way. There’s probably some subliminal message within the lyrics…

  28. Brooke

    V-Grrrl has great taste in music.

  29. Bre

    haha – my cousin Kathleen and I were listening to that in the kitchen this morning! These past two days have been pretty miserable beach days though (rainy and overcast!) but luckily I got in ONE good day! 🙂

  30. Dustin

    Good that you finally did something for your blog-harem, Neil. Now when do your brilliant, creative, and gorgeous male readers get a song dedication?

  31. bookfraud

    since i am not brilliant, gorgeous, or a woman, i feel out of sorts commenting. but why not “macarthur park”? which donna summer covered — originally done by richard harris, the actor. possibly the worst song ever. someone left a cake out in the rain! put that on kneil.

  32. Melissa

    Summer of 83. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen. Making out with my best friend’s older brother and riding on the back of his dirt bike. Ohhhh yeahhhh.

  33. Jules

    Bad girls….my theme song through that summer (and beyond.)

  34. Jules

    (Whoa…thought I had commented in my sleep at first…Hi to the other Jules)

    Well, I’m not talented or gorgeous, but I’m a woman who finds you extremely funny. That has to count for something.
    I’m with Brooke, V-grrrl has awesome taste in music…mmmmm the memories that music can bring back.

  35. Ozzie

    Donna Summer is awful. Down with disco.


  36. Neil

    Obviously written by a white male who can’t dance and who still listens to Black Sabbath.

  37. Sandra

    I’m very literally sitting in front of a fan right now. When it’s hot in San Francisco, you know there’s a friggin’ heat wave.

  38. Bill

    Well, I know I listened to Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run.’ The album came out in late of August of ’75, I think, but the single ‘Born to Run’ was out before that.

    (How the hell is someone supposed to remember when?”

    I remember one summer hearing Lee Michael’s ‘Do You Know What I Mean’ over and over and over again on CKLW (the Big 8! – Windsor-Detroit). Did U2 have any summer albums? Oh yeah … and one summer, again when I was a kid, the ever-popular Mungo Jerry ‘In the Summertime.’

    But songs with summer memories post-testicles dropping … hmmm. I think I was just happy to hear anything.

    How about these three? …

    “Afternoon Delight” – The Starland Vocal Band
    “Lowdown” – Boz Scaggs
    “Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry

    (I’m leaning towards ‘Lowdown.’)

  39. Fitena

    I don’t think I know this song. Sounds nice though!
    You know what am listening to? Oh Sophia, by a Neil Kramer.


  40. Janet

    I’m positive I haven’t known you long enough to revel in the lyrics…

    But the selection was a winner.

  41. ChickyBabe

    Neilochka, Love to Love You Baby!

  42. Steel and Sapphire

    Don’t knock Summer and don’t knock Sabbath. Both have their place. Summer is obviously more summery than Sabbath, even in the post-modernist sense

  43. Michele

    I’ve always been partial to “Bitchin Camaro” by the Dead Milkmen. But maybe that’s just me and my twisted sense of humor.

  44. Serena

    In true form, I had no idea those were the words to that song. Now all I can think of are sad prostitutes.

  45. Kevin

    I was really hoping for Phoebe Cates on a diving board fantasy. C’est la vie…

  46. introspectre

    You meet naughty girls through blogging? Oh my, Neil, oh my….
    ps) say hi to your penis for me!

  47. Caitlinator

    This song was #1 on the day I was born.

  48. Alissa

    I’m so flattered!

  49. Neil

    Caitlin — I love that fact.

  50. Cheap Tart

    add me to your list
    you can never have enough
    nor can we of U

    There ya go, a haiku for Neil!
    The Tart
    ; )

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