Black leather, motor oil and sand, what could be better? Boom boxes, mullets and guys wearing half shirts. You’ve got to love the ‘80s!

Y & T has to be one of the most underrated metal bands of all time. Originally established as Yesterday and Today from Oakland, California back in 1974. The band has quietly released twelve studio albums and is still an active moniker.

When summer starts to fade I look to Y & T to keep my spirts up. When we find ourselves reminiscing about hot weather and lazy days, few things compare to the group’s most recognizable street anthem, “Summertime Girls”.

Released during the hedonism of the ‘80s few groups were able to capture the hard rocking sexuality of glam metal better than Y & T. The highlight track from their 1985 studio effort Down for the Count and the live release, Open Fire (1985), “Summertime Girls” will forever live on as an anthem of those good times.

The video is a timeless beach parody. A member of the band is woken up on the beach after a hard night of partying when a guy with a metal locator attaches himself to his spiked bracelet! The band gets together on the beach and is treated to plenty of eye candy, girls wearing bikinis are commonplace and you’ve got to love the dude carrying the mermaid! Black leather, motor oil and sand, what could be better? Boom boxes, mullets and guys wearing half shirts. You’ve got to love the ‘80s!

Y & T may not have enjoyed the same success as their contemporaries but they still managed to create a timeless hit I play every year. When the temperature heats up and the sun starts to shine it’s time to break out some Y & T and enjoy the summer! \m/

Y & T (1985) are:

  • Joey Alves – Guitars
  • Leonard Haze – Drums
  • Dave Meniketti – Vocals, Guitars
  • Phil Kennemore – Bass
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