Summer Song Favorites: 'Save It For Later'

For Adam Duritz, lead singer of the band Counting Crows, the perfect summer song is "Save It for Later" by The English Beat.

The English Beat.

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"There's just something about the joy of the song," Duritz says. "It just seems so Technicolor to me."

Duritz recently spoke to NPR's Melissa Block about camping out in the summer of 1982 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., to see The English Beat perform.

"The sun had gone down, so the lights and the colors from the stage were lighting up as they came to play," Duritz says. "It's funny, because I'm picturing it in the sunlight, and I'm sure that they played it at night. It just seems like this crystalline, perfect summer day, and I'm just euphoric, and this song is just shimmering."

The song functions as a piece of nostalgia for Duritz. That performance he attended was the last show The English Beat ever played. Duritz says that, as a result, it represents for him "those feelings that you don't get to hold on to."

Listen to other entries in our Summer Song Favorites series here.

Need more summertime songs? NPR's music series It's Time to Party features five-song playlists that celebrate the season every Wednesday.

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