Summer Girls

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"Summer Girls"
SummerGirlsLFO.jpg
Single by LFO
from the album LFO
ReleasedJune 29, 1999
FormatCD
Recorded1998
GenrePop-rap
Length4:17
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
LFO singles chronology
"Sex U Up (The Way You Like It)"
(1997)
"Summer Girls"
(1999)
"Girl on TV"
(1999)

"Summer Girls" is a song recorded by the pop group LFO. It was released in June 1999 as the lead single from their album, LFO. The song peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard 100 the week of August 28, 1999.

"Summer Girls" was certified Platinum by RIAA[1] and reached the number-one position on the Billboard Hot Single Sales in 1999. In 2010 Billboard magazine named it the sixteenth biggest summer song of all time.[2]

Background and content[edit]

The song was written by Rich Cronin, Dow Brain, and Brad Young. Cronin said that the song included numerous inside jokes,[3] and that he never anticipated its success. He claimed this was because the song was made strictly for a demo tape, but was leaked to WWZZ, a top 40 radio station in Washington, D.C.[3] PD Dale O'Brien at the radio station got an unmixed copy of the song from Kelly Schweinsberg, GM of LFO's initial label, Logic Records. He listened to it a few days later, his "jaw dropped, and the song was added in a hot second."[4] Many of the song's rhyming lines appear to be randomly inserted. The formula often consists of writing a line about Cronin's summer relationship with a girl and following it with a non sequitur that rhymes, similar in fashion to "The Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler. It is considered the most popular song by the boy band.

"Summer Girls" is often identified by one of the lines in the chorus: "I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch"[5] and "You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch."[6] The song was also featured in the 2002 movie Longshot, in which LFO appeared.

The song has a myriad of primarily 1980s and early 1990s cultural references, including Cherry Coke, Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone, Michael J. Fox and his Family Ties character Alex P. Keaton, New Edition, Kevin Bacon in Footloose, New Kids on the Block, Beastie Boys "The New Style" and "Paul Revere", Larry Bird, Abercrombie and Fitch, Cherry Pez, Mr. Limpet, Chinese food, pogo sticks, Eric B. and Rakim, "Candy Girl", The Color Purple, Boogaloo Shrimp, and Fun Dip. The song also references The Wizard of Oz and Shakespeare's sonnets.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Marcus Raboy and was released on July 20, 1999.

In popular culture[edit]

Track listing[edit]

US single

  1. "Summer Girls" – 4:17
  2. "Summer Girls" (Instrumental) – 4:17
  3. "Can't Have You" – 4:02

European single

  1. "Summer Girls" – 4:17
  2. "Summer Girls" (Instrumental) – 4:17
  3. "Summer Girls" (Video) – 4:17

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - LFO singles. RIAA.com
  2. ^ "Top 30 Summer Songs".
  3. ^ a b Raman, Sheela (2005-07-07). "Rich Cronin's comeback Six years after 'Summer Girls,' the leader of LFO battles leukemia". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-01-09. "I just thought back to when I was young, happy, no worries," he says. 'Summer Girls' was all about a summer on the Cape. Inside jokes. I never thought that anyone besides my close friends would ever hear it." But the song was leaked to a radio station and climbed Billboard charts.
  4. ^ Billboard, August 7, 1999
  5. ^ ""I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch" search result from Google".
  6. ^ ""You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch" search results on Google".
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  8. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Lyte Funkie Ones – Summer Girls". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lyte Funkie Ones – Summer Girls" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Lyte Funkie Ones – Summer Girls". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Lyte Funkie Ones – Summer Girls". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "LFO Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – LFO – Summer Girls". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1999". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 112 (4): 63. January 22, 2000. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 4, 2015.