Summer is a bummer: Five songs that will make you wish it was winter
3. Twice As Much – Summer’s Ending
Twice as Much was a short-lived British baroque-pop band signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s label, Immediate. And like all of Andrew’s bands – except for the Stones, of course – they went nowhere. This is a great song, though, a pitch-black meditation on a long-lost summer love. It’s almost hilarously grim.
One line goes, “The seabirds are calling, but not for me”, and it’s punctuated by seagull calls. Wow! I think it’s supposed to sound like The Beach Boys, but it actually sounds like the ghosts of The Beach Boys. It’s from their debut (and only) 1966 album, Own Up. Comic-tragically, the final song on the LP is called Why Can’t They All Go And Leave Me Alone? Nobody bought the record. Wish granted, fellas!