Three Fantastic: A 'Hot' Pop Apocalypse

In spite of its title, "Hot Summer Day," from the Houston indie-pop band Three Fantastic, isn't anyone's idea of a conventional summer song. From the opening sounds of tweeting birds to its squiggly guitar lick, the song sounds languid and breezy, like one of those half-remembered Sugar Ray hits from a decade ago. "Another glorious summer day," frontman Charles Peters sings. "It's only 163 degrees / and my skin has not yet begun to melt."

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  • Song: "Hot Summer Day"
  • Artist: Three Fantastic
  • CD: Life Just Keeps Getting Better
  • Genre: Pop
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"Hot Summer Day" is Three Fantastic's unpredictable warm-weather ode to global warming. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"Hot Summer Day" is Three Fantastic's unpredictable warm-weather ode to global warming.

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Come again? As the music revs up, the litany of environmental disasters continues: Trees burn to cinders and oceans boil; even the air conditioners are at loose ends. In other words, this is a warm-weather ode to global warming. Even the music takes unexpected turns, as a dueling-guitar interlude sounds as if it were lifted from a '70s prog-rock concept album about, say, the end of the planet.

Finally, hope emerges: A new ice age again dawns, and "candy bars become solid again / and everyone will dance and sing." Well, not quite everyone, but at least some of us will have a few songs left to hum after the eco-pocalypse.

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