Donielle Flynn

Thirty degree swings from day to day have become the norm for the last few weeks… it’s Springtime in Michigan. Today, April 22nd is April Showers Day, a Reson to Celebrate You May Be Unaware Of. In honor of this holiday and Michigan’s rollercoaster weather, I give you our ten most suggested weather-related classic rock songs.

  • Riders On the Storm - The Doors

    This was the last song Jim Morrison recorded before his death.  Many view it as autobiographical.  Jim Morrison considered himself a “Rider on the Storm.”

  • Thunderstruck - AC/DC

    Angus and Malcolm wrote “Thunderstruck.”  Angus saying, “Lyrically, it was really just a case of finding a good title, something along the lines of ‘Powerage’ or ‘Highway to Hell.’  We came up with this thunder thing and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC = Power. That’s the basic idea.”

  • Rain - The Beatles

    “Rain” was the first song to use the technique of a tape played backward.  John Lennon discovered this technique when he accidentally loaded tape for “Tomorrow Never Knows” the wrong way.

  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain - CCR

    A song that speaks deeply and has sorrow in its soul,  “I want to know – have you ever seen the rain comin’ down on a sunny day?”   John Fogerty is talking about the departure of his brother, Tom, from the band.  The band was hugely popular and successful at this point in time, but not really enjoying it because of the turmoil within the band.

  • Fool in the Rain - Led Zeppelin

    There was no Tinder of GPS in 1979, friend.  A song about a guy who thinks he got stood up, but really, he was in the wrong place, a “Fool in the Rain.”

  • Lighting Strikes - Aerosmith

    “Lightning Strikes” is the only hit Aerosmith had that did NOT have Joe Perry on guitar.  Joe left the band in 1979 and was replaced by Jimmy Crespo on the album Rock and a Hard Place.

  • Mr. Blue Sky - ELO

    The lyrics to ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ are simple and easy to visualize. When the song is playing, you can picture everything that’s going on and everybody knows what I’m talking about. It’s the thought of, ‘Oh, isn’t it nice when the sun comes out?’ And you know, it really is.” – Jeff Lynne

  • Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

    The lyrics were written by Pete Brown, a beat poet, a friend of Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Pete Brown also wrote the lyrics for “I Feel Free” and “White Room.” Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce wrote the music.

  • Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions

    If you haven’t watched this video in a while, you should.  It will transport you back to the 80’s in a heartbeat (or a click).  Rudolf Schenker has said that this video captures the essence of the Scorpions, saying, ” The director told us, ‘Don’t be serious, let’s get crazy.’ That video is about attitude, craziness, and sexuality. That’s how we survived into the video generation.”

  • The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix

    This song was made possible by mashed potatoes.

    No joke.  Jimi was living with his girlfriend, Kathy Mary Etchingham.  Kathy Mary said in an interview, “We’d had a row over food. Jimi didn’t like lumpy mashed potatoes. There were thrown plates and I ran off. When I came back the next day, he’d written that song about me. It’s incredibly flattering.”

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