On The Beach - Chris Rea 
Friday, 9 August, 2013, 05:33 - Albums Of The 1980s, Singles Of The 1980s, Summer Sizzlers
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chris rea on the beach 2chris rea on the beach 1Yes, a return to bikini clad babes and summer songs is necessary. This single (and album of the same name) by Chris Rea does just that taking us On The Beach. But on Mr Rea's beach there is naught but an umbrella. On the remixed cover the beach is still relatively empty but there is now a cute young thing with no bikini top looking rather coy. You can see why - with only a small puff of wind she would be topless.
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Walking On Sunshine - Rockers Revenge 
Tuesday, 6 August, 2013, 05:18 - Singles Of The 1980s, Summer Sizzlers
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rockers revenge walking on sunshine remixrockers revenge walking on sunshine 1It's August and what could be more natural than digging out those good old summer songs and playing them loud whilst sitting around a pool drinking a cold beer. So remixing the covers of summer hits seems an equally suitable passtime. Here's a remix of 1982 song Walking On Sunshine by Rockers Revenge. The original cover is dull. The remix is much more summery. Now where's that beer?
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Barbados - Typically Tropical 
Monday, 5 August, 2013, 05:13 - Singles Of The 1970s, Summer Sizzlers
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typically tropical barbados remixtypically tropical barbados 1What a refreshing find, that even in the 1970s there were designers around who could put a decent cover for a single together. This summery song from Typically Tropical has several covers but all of them show a babe on a beach in various states of undress. If this is what Barbados is like then book a ticket and get there now. The remix does one thing only, modernize the babe but otherwise it's a gold star and a string bikini to the original designers!
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Fantasy Island - Tight Fit 
Sunday, 4 August, 2013, 05:55 - Singles Of The 1980s, Summer Sizzlers
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tight fit fantasy island 2tight fit fantasy island 1Another great summer song, this time from little known British act Tight Fit. Why the remix, well easy. Kent in the 'looking for cool pictures department' found the picture of the awesome chick in the bikini and needed a cover to remix it with. Fantasy Island seemed the ideal choice as we all agreed that the chick concerned would definitely be present on any island that we could fantasize.
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Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful 
Saturday, 3 August, 2013, 05:48 - Singles Of The 1960s, Summer Sizzlers
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lovin spoonful summer 2lovin spoonful summer 1Those summer songs keep on coming. This 1966 classic from The Lovin' Spoonful will be flooding out of radios from the East to the West coast as the sun beats down on the city streets. But the cover shows the band lazing on a sunny afternoon on a detatched stairway to nowhere. The remix shows what summer in the city should really look like: a hot chick in a tight leotard wearing a hat. Cool (literally)!
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The Tide Is High - Blondie 
Friday, 2 August, 2013, 05:35 - Singles Of The 1980s, Summer Sizzlers
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blondie tide is high 2blondie tide is high 1Continuing the summer holiday theme, here's a remix of the cover for New York disco groovers Blondie's 1980 single The Tide Is High. Even though a picture of Ms Harry reclining over a balcony is probably a reasonable picture for the cover, in the remix, it is clear that the high tide has washed up a summery beach babe. The only shame is that she's not a blonde, but is that really so bad?
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Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys 
Thursday, 4 July, 2013, 05:53 - Singles Of The 1960s, Summer Sizzlers
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beach boys surfin usa 1beach boys surfin usa 2beach boys surfin usa remix
A triple play from The Beach Boys, and their American classic Surfin' USA especially for the 4th of July. On the original cover the boys are carrying their surfboard on the beach, so thumbs up for a cover that reflects the song. On the first remix is a blonde babe carrying her own surfboard - doesn't anyone want to help her with it? On the second remix is another babe and her board. Why these babes choose to surf naked we don't know, but who's complaining?
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Itsy Witsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Ron Smith 
Monday, 3 June, 2013, 05:00 - Singles Of The 1960s, Summer Sizzlers
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ron smith teenie bikini remixron smith teenie bikini 1Perhaps not the most well-known version of the song Itsy Witsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, but this one from Ron Smith has a cover that desperately needs a remix. And what a remix. The bikini on the babe on the new cover is so itsy bitsy and teenie weenie that all the polka dots have become invisible. The bikini itself is only just visible in this dimension. Surely the modern version of what Mr Smith (and others like him) thought about when they sang the song?
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Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard 
Friday, 25 January, 2013, 05:47 - Singles Of The 1960s, Summer Sizzlers
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cliff richard summer hoilday 1Another fanmade cover for us to showcase. This time from Tim Marshall of Nottingham, England... We're all going on a summer holiday, or at least that's what Cliff Richard has us repeating everytime the sun comes out. This cover from the 1963 single (and film of the same name) has Mr Richard standing on a beach, and he appears to be singing. Is he on holiday? Unlikely, because if he was, the chances are he wouldn't be standing singing whilst someone took his picture. Is it summer? Difficult to tell, but let's give Mr Richard the benefit of the doubt on that. Are we all going with him? No. Nice try Mr Richard but a better lure is required to convince the world to go on a summer holiday to wherever it is you were at the time.

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cliff richard summer holiday remixWhat is little know about the beaches in British holiday resorts in the 1960s is that they were rife with nudists. In fact, during the summer months, the whole British coastline was one great big nudist camp. This is one of the reasons that the foreign holiday business began to grow as reserved families were forced to take their children overseas to get away from the views of danging male gonads that flapped about wherever you looked. It was probably this propensity for nakedness that makes Mr Richard's song so cheerful and why he is so upbeat about going on a summer holiday. In the remixed cover we see a typical photograph taken on a British beach in the 1960s. It's just a shame that the scorn poured by other countries on British humor such as Benny Hill as forced the country to revise its laws so that nudity on British beaches no longer produces endless pictures of this calibre.

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Thanks Tim, keep those remixes coming.
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Spacer - Sheila & B. Devotion 
Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 12:17 - Singles Of The 1970s, Summer Sizzlers
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sheila b devotion spacer orFrench band, Sheila & B. Devotion (sometimes mistakenly called 'Sheila B Devotion') hit the charts in 1979 with the disco classic 'Spacer'. The song has since been sampled extensively by, for example, Alcazar in their hit 'Crying at the Discotheque'. The original cover for the single is shown on the right. It features a pretty blonde in a very 1970s disco outfit of red and white trainers, 'bobby socks' and a matching red and white sleeveless baseball t-shirt. She is kneeling or squatting down on a beach, drawing in the sand with a stick.

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sheila b devotion spacer 2The 1979 version of the cover was probably quite erotic and sexy for its time, however in the 2010s, it seems a little bland and so it has been update in line with modern maxims. On the right is an updated, and much sexier, version. This time the girl on the beach is naked (but nothing is on show that you wouldn't see in a tabloid newspaper) and is in a similar pose, although she seems to have lost the stick with which to draw in the sand. She looks just as happy as her 1979 counterpart despite her being in the nude. Perhaps she is thinking, "Now, where did I leave my bobby socks...?"

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