No summer playlist would be complete without this absolute gem from the summer of 1983 by Paul Weller's second band, The Style Council. Released as part of a four track EP called A Paris, "Long Hot Summer" instantly vaulted to seasonal anthem status. By coincidence the British summer heat wave of 1983, most notably July, turned out to be one of the hottest on record – something that would not have been known at the time the song was written and recorded. Serendipity!
The liner notes declared it would be played "everywhere on portable trannies for those of you who fall in love for the first time and out of love for the last..."
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