Friday, August 5, 2011

Carl Stone
"Wave Heat"

Carl Stone
L.A. Mantra II
2 x cassette compilation
(Trance Port Tapes, 1984)

So a good deal of the USA has been suffering through a heat wave as of late, and where we live is no exception. In celebration of this, our HVAC unit decided it was time to give up the ghost sometime early Saturday morning. Oh, the AC worked fine, but the fan that actually blows the cool (or warm, in winter) air through the ducts and into the house crapped out. I.e., it stopped moving.

According to the thermostat, the temperature has hovered around 89°F (32°C) inside our house for the past several days! At night, it would cool to a positively frigid 88°F. It's amazing the difference a single degree can make, really. That difference is, of course, NONE.


Sitting in the sweltering heat outside on the porch, where it was cooler than inside, the song "Heat Wave," popularized by Martha and the Vandellas the year I was borned, started coursing through my weary brain. Just the chorus, though. Over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over . . . You get the point.

At some point, I remembered Carl Stone's sliced'n'diced version of "Heat Wave" from the L.A. Mantra II cassette compilation, released the year I hit the big two one. Now that we have a completely new HVAC unit, and finally have inside conditions cool enough for me to sit at the tape deck and computer, I present it to you, my loyal listeners, as a gift.

3 biased opinions:

Anonymous said...

Where are you going to profile some Duran Duran? ;)

VirginiaM said...

This was great. And horrible.

Biki said...

ahh! Was really hoping for some true Heat Wave love. Not sure how i feel about this one.

Heat Wave? Its been very chilly here, it was down in the high 50's low 60's all week, due to rain. When it rains here, the temps drop like crazy.

Would you, could you, might you play the real heat wave song????