It’s time to plug in the Afterword jukebox. Beach party time, so grab your towel and your bikini. I’d like to know your favourite songs about beaches and visits to the seaside.
I’m also keen to hear about all those beaches which have made an impression on you. Were they in Skegness, Goa, Benidorm, Clacton or Ibiza?
I visited Homrev here on Öland a few days ago which is probably my favourite beach at the moment.
Very long, sandy, often windy (which results in splendid waves) and usually pretty deserted. The only people you are likely to meet here are German nudists or the Grim Reaper having a quiet game of chess with a knight or two. It has probably appeared on the cover of Health and Efficiency magazine.
We often have to share some of the nicest Öland beaches with cows. They are adjacent to farms and the local bovines pop down for a dip.
My brother lives in New York and he’s off to the Rockaways most weekends. A total contrast. Lots of people, cafes and restaurants, Manhattan hipsters…
”Chewing out a rhythm on my chewing gum..” I love the Ramones but have great difficulty in imagining them in swimming trunks. Then again, the Beach Boys were no great shakes on surfboards.
I suspect there are more Deadheads on the AW than Beachy Heads. From childhood holidays in Wales to hipster hideaways in the Balearics, I have many memories.
Pwllgwaelod. Söderbysjön. Brighton. Lido di Ostia. Cwm-yr-Eglwys. Myrtiotissa. Hermones. Playa Poniente…..
Crikey! I am the J Alfred Prufrock of the Playa. I have counted out my life in rockpools and pedalo rides..
My favourite beachsongs?
Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
Under the Broadwalk – The Drifters
Everyday is like Sunday – Natalie Merchant
Sea and Sand – The Who
Shoreline – Broder Daniel
Atlantic Avenue – Average White Band
Garota de Ipanema – Vinicius de Moraes
And finally, for those of us who get sand kicked in our face.
Mr Apollo – Bonzo Dog Band.
Wrestle poodles and win!!!
I dedicate this thread to Gary – the Afterword’s uncrowned King of the Beach.
“Far away in time” For a long while, I wondered about the geographical location of Echo Beach. It doesn’t exist! 40 years on, the song is still a gem.