Pink Mountaintops, “The Second Summer of Love”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.18.14 in Listen to This

Opening like a weird inversion of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” Pink Mountaintops’ “The Second Summer of Love” — from the forthcoming Get Back, their first album in five years — has a chorus that promises hope and verses that warn of impending doom. Set in 1987, the song perfectly captures the coke-addled, late ’80s panic, when the Cold War was fast approaching freezing, greed was revered and the whole culture was powered by a kind of capitalist nihilism — the only value is in stuff, so grab as much of it as you can. “The Second Summer of Love” perfectly captures that duality, reflecting a time that seemed to value hedonism, but everything that lay beneath that veneer was decaying like a corpse.