Vintage Pop Song’s Big Week

You've got a certain ditty in your head today, right?


We know, tourists. You're damp, and surprised.

We know. You've heard "It Never Rains in Southern California" approximately 927 times since its 1972 release. And that message, that it never rains in Southern California, gets ingrained in the brain.

Always sunny. Forever balmy. Keep the tanning lotion at arm's reach.

But come January and February, when those solid weeks of rain arrive, we can all pause and think of that excellent tune, one of the main songs that has sold the California dream over the last nearly four decades. The talented Albert Hammond wrote and sang it (music fans, you surely know that Mr. Hammond is the father of Albert Hammond, Jr., of The Strokes).

Not only were we not surprised to hear it, twice, over a public soundsystem in the last day, we're prepared for several radio stations to give it airtime. With that in mind, we went to go read the lyrics and discovered that it details the struggles of achieving success in Hollywood.

Hi, literal department? We'd thought the song was about weather forever. We stand corrected, and we vow to listen more closely when we hear that fine, melancholy ditty in, oh, another 20 minutes.

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