The 2017 sizzling summer mixtape

  Allyson B. Crawford | Crazy Lixx “Hunter of the Heart”

What could be sexier than a 2017 track that sounds like it is straight out of 1987? Crazy Lixx formed in Sweden in 2002, and they’ve stayed true to their goal of creating music full of anthemic riffs and gang-choruses. “Hunter of the Heart” tells the story of a woman who takes no prisoners – so be wary if you fall under her spell! The single “Hunter of the Heart” is on the album Ruff Justice, released in April via Frontiers Records. If you’re not familiar with this band, Crazy Lixx is heavily influenced by Def Leppard, Aerosmith, and Whitesnake. There’s no shame here: The five guys in Crazy Lixx definitely try to create music that would fit right on Def Leppard’s Hysteria. Summer is a time for fun and Crazy Lixx provides it in spades. Download a legal copy of Ruff Justice, turn it up to 11, and bask in the sexy hilarity of it all.

Gary Spencer | Lucifer “Izrael”

Anyone who thinks heavy metal can’t be sexy needs to queue up this song by German-British retro-doom quartet known simply as Lucifer. “Izrael” is the tale of a woman willingly giving herself up completely to the mercy and will of the devil, even if it means her own death. As dark and perhaps morbid as that may seem, the song oozes sexuality. Besides the overarching themes of both domination and subordination for whichever side of the fence in which you identify, “Izrael” moves at a pace with steady build up while fornicating in swells during its chorus full of haunting female voices echoing in orgasm until the choruses climax repeatedly and appropriately at song’s end. This is the perfect tune to get into the mood if the idea of getting stoned, getting undressed, and participating in some sexual satanic ritual upon Anton LaVey’s altar in the late 1960s turns you on. And even if that concept doesn’t get your sexual juices flowing, don’t worry – this song works just fine on its own. Tune in, turn on, and hail Lucifer.

Tim Walker | This Mortal Coil “Song to the Siren” (1983)

As if from a dream, 1983’s “Song to the Siren” by This Mortal Coil reaches out to seduce and haunt you. A slice of seductive nightmare straight out of a David Lynch film, steeped in lust, and drawn from the dark world of myth, the lyrics unfold to describe an almost uncontrollable need: “Swim to me, swim to me, let me enfold you. Here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you.” The passion described in this song is no mere infatuation. This is mad desire, uncontrollable need, an insatiable urge to possess taken to the nth power. Originally written by the late Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett and first released on Buckley’s 1970 album Starsailor, it wasn’t until This Mortal Coil recorded their 1983 cover version that the song saw its full potential. Not really a “band” in the strict sense of the word, This Mortal Coil was a collective name for a number of artists on the British independent record label 4AD, and vocalists Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins performed this particular song. Heard in the films “Lost Highway” and “The Lovely Bones,” this version of “Song to the Siren” also inspired Twin Peaks soundtrack vocalist Julee Cruise on her first two solo albums.

Tim Walker | Van Morrison “Moondance” (1970)

“Well it’s a marvelous night for a moondance, with the stars up above in your eyes.” There are sexy songs, and then there are songs which threaten to bring out the beast that dwells within all of us. At first, like Rodney Dangerfield, the now-classic song “Moondance” got no respect at all. The track, which was recorded for Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison’s 1970 album Moondance, wasn’t even released as a single until seven years later, in November of 1977, and even then it barely charted, reaching no higher than No. 92 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

But make no mistake – there is real power here. One of the songs for which Morrison will be remembered, “Moondance” is the ultimate in jazzy, sexy, romantic, “let’s dance together under the stars” tunes. A paean to the night and the power of the moon, to romance and the primitive call of true lunacy, “Moondance” was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as No. 226 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” and it continues to stir lovers of the night.

Fans of horror films may recall the song’s appearance in the original “An American Werewolf in London” (during a sex scene, naturally), and surely there can be no better music for a late night summer interlude with your lover, on a blanket with a bottle of wine, beneath the light of a blazingly full moon.

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Allyson B. Crawford lives in Kettering and writes about ’80s metal bands on her daily blog You can usually find her at all sorts of metal shows around Ohio and across the country. Allyson can be reached at

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