Top 100 Songs of Summer #35 “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)” by Squeeze

Mussels from a Shell
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They do it down on Camber Sands, they do it at Waikiki. And they do it in the Hamptons, courtesy of the newest member of the Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown.

Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #35

“Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)” by Squeeze

This classic British New Wave band’s first release, the self-titled Squeeze, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but we are celebrating this get-up-and-dance-on-the-sand song off the 1980 album Argybargy for its memorable slices of life from a seaside vacation in England as seen through the eyes of lyricist Chris Difford and heard through the music of his bandmate Glenn Tilbrook (who you can see, and hear, at the Stephen Talkhouse this Friday, August 2). Although the title is a delightfully euphemistic allusion to making love rather than something you might order of a waterfront menu, other images resonate as perfect memories we hold from many an East End summer…

Lazing about the beach all day,
At night the crickets creepy
Squinting faces at the sky
A Harold Robbins paperback
Surfers drop their boards and dry
And everybody wants a hat

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