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Summer Guide 2012

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Orlando Weekly's 2012 summer survival playlist

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Aimee Vitek

"Live Those Days Tonight" – Friendly Fires
If the herk-to-jerk of singer Ed Macfarlane's belted marching orders don't get you to convulse and contort in an explosion of glee, then there is no blood left in your body. This is an electric spasm of dreamy self-righteousness designed for sweaty days and sweaty nights. And it has a crazy percussion crescendo smack in the middle for when you're out of cocaine!

"Crazy in Love" – Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
The ultimate summer jam, period. Fire hydrants spontaneously erupt when this comes on. Fact.

"Finger Poppin'" – Ike & Tina Turner
A full sound, a fiery singer and the simple joy of having time to go shopping. 

"Integratron" – Dengue Fever
A Cambodian-pop pastiche tribute to the Hi-Desert's famous Integratron — it's a perfect multi-culti mashup of Joshua trees, nutty SoCal mysticism, summer nights spent scanning the skies for UFOs, iced Tiger beer and hot dusty boots.

"Summer Babe (Winter Version)" – Pavement
The wistful side of small-town warm-weather nighttime boredom. The lyrics teeter on the edge of nonsense, but nevertheless spot-on evoke drifting cliques of arty high-schoolers.

"Bang" – M.I.A., Rye Rye
Hot, fast, hard. Baltimore club music that flies even outside the club.

"My Own Way (single version)" – Duran Duran
A lesser summer guide might steer you in the direction of "Rio"'s overt splashiness, but every true eyelinered narcissist knows that the combination of overwrought strings and slap-bass – plus singer Simon LeBon's defiant cry for "April showers" to "get out of my way" – of this frenetic gem is where the hidden stash of summer sequins is.

"Gbeti Madjro" – Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo
Nigerian guitar pop with an infectiously wiggly rhythm and a hot back-and-forth between bandleader Melome Clement and guest vocalist Angelique Kidjo.

Fireworks, seagulls, sequins: Listen to our embedded playlist of 17 hot summer choons.

Summer Guide 2012
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