Part 16 in my ongoing "Soundtracks For Summer" series.
I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July. In America™, we celebrate by getting plastered, having barbecues, then blasting off some fireworks, usually not in that order. For everywhere else in the world, I believe you guys call it Sunday.
But since this was the most "Summer" day of the year, let's check out this little ditty called "Wanderlust King":
You might not have heard of Gogol Bordello until just now, but I don't really blame you for it. Hell, I didn't even know that these guys existed until two months ago. The time-stamp on the video is from 2007, and according to their Wikipedia page, they formed in 1999! Finally, the blog earns some indie cred! According to said wiki page, they're inspired by Gypsy music, not to mention that they're one of the few Non-Weird Al bands to incorporate an accordion in their main lineup, which itself is made up of an international brotherhood of sex bandits. But then they realized that they made awesome music together, and decided to do that instead.
The overall feel of the song itself is simply traveling the world, having as much fun and mayhem as possibly, destination be damned. The point is more exemplified in the video: Eugene Hütz, the lead singer guy, is literally traveling the world, singing about what he sees with his odd Ukranian self. Hell, at the 1:50 mark, someone is playing the spoons. You can't get more "summer" than that!
If you want another taste of Gogol Bordello with a similar "Summer" feel of Wanderlust King, I give you "Lela Pala Tute"
BTW, I'm also taking reader submissions for future "Soundtracks For Summer" entries. If you've got an idea, pop me an email at email@example.com OR comment on this entry OR at the Facebook Fan Page with the name of the song, and a reason or two why it defines "Summer" for you. You'll be glad you did.