PJ Retro 96°F ☀️ The Sun Always Shines on PJ (Winner crowned ⛱️)



Put on some sunscreen and don’t forget to stay hydrated — PJ Retro has reached 96°F in the shade!

Here comes a theme again:

This round is all about the weather, from @Hurricane Drunk to @londonrain. Blow everyone away with a song referring to weather phenomena / sun / sky / temperature / seasons / pressure / whatever else you might see in a weather app. The mention can appear in the artist’s name, song title or its lyrics.
To help you out a little, here’s a word cloud... cue laugh track


Of course those aren’t all the terms and references I’ll accept — I promise I won’t be too harsh there.

Meanwhile in the thread you’re more than welcome to share some of your favourite weather-related pre-2000 hits and past Retro entries.

I can’t stand the rules:

Aside from the usual PJ Retro rules (under spoilers below), the following also apply:
  • don’t make unnecessary journeys
  • don’t take risks on treacherous roads
  • don’t swim in the sea
General inclusion/exclusion criteria for entries:
  • must have been first released before January 1, 2000
  • no UK top 10 hits
  • no US top 10 hits
  • no covers or prominent samples of a UK or US top 10 hit OR was covered/prominently sampled in a song that was a UK or US top 10 hit
  • no songs (or covers of songs) that have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest
  • relatively unknown/underrated on Popjustice - so as a general benchmark, nothing from an artist with more than 25 pages of discussion on PJ (across all their artist threads)
  • no entry that has been previously entered in a previous round of PJSC, PJ Retro, PJ00s+ or PJXTra, incl covers of previous entries, or original versions of covers that were previously entered in any of the contests.
  • no song by an act that was entered in the previous round - this includes any related solo or group acts to an act that was entered in the previous round (ex. Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, in an alternate universe where either of them could actually pass the veto criteria)

Criteria that will also be taken in consideration for veto purposes:
  • Song is from an album that peaked in the top 10 on the UK or US albums chart
  • Song is from a Platinum- or Gold-certified album in the UK or US
  • Song peaked between #11 and #20 on the UK or US singles chart
  • Song was a major hit in other big music markets and/or in multiple countries
  • Act has 15-24 pages of discussion on the forum
  • Song is by an act who had major success in the UK or US
  • Act has been entered multiple times in this contest (see repeat artists guideline below)
Usually, if your song meets only one of these criteria, it should be fine, but there are exceptions of course.

Repeat artists guideline:
  • The same act (in any form - solo, group, featured, etc.) can be entered multiple times, but there is a maximum, based on 10% of the number of round there have been. For example: the Dolly Dots have participated five times thus far. If we were currently in round 55, they would not be eligible again until round 60. An act that has participated 8 times, would not become eligible until round 90, etc.
  • For the winner of each round, that artist cannot be entered again (in any form - solo, group, featured) for the subsequent NINE rounds
Voting rules:
  • You can award points to 10 entries per round. Award points ranging from 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 (with 12 points going to your favorite entry).
  • Only people who submitted a participating song can vote.
  • Entrants cannot vote for their own submission.
  • All entrants who fail to vote by the host's deadline will have their final scores be cut in half.
  • Do NOT disclose your participating song until the voting deadline is closed, and you disclosing which songs you did not enter is not encouraged. Please, do not (overly) hype or criticise participating acts or songs until the voting deadline has passed
  • Be nice and play fair

28-Day Forecast:

  • Round opens: 8 January
  • Sumbissions deadline: 15 January 23:59 GMT
  • Voting deadline: 4 February 05:59 AM GMT (timer here)
  • Results: 4 February

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Lone Justice - Dixie Storms
The Primitives - Summer Rain
The Mighty Lemon Drops - Fall Down (Like the Rain)
Alain Souchon - La ballade de Jim
Anna Jurksztowicz - Stan pogody
Richard Jacques feat. TJ Davis - Can You Feel the Sunshine?
Rebecca - フレンズ (Friends)
Milva - Cuori solitari
Karen Marks - Cold Café
David Sylvian - Thalheim
Bang Gang - So Alone
Opus III - I Talk to the Wind
Daliah Lavi - Tell Him That It's Snowing
Sabrina Johnston - Reasons
The Two Tons - I Depend on You
Hot Cold - Love Is Like a Game
The Day Zs - Sunny Dayz
Triple J - Follow the Sun
Storm - Huri-Khan
The Hurricanes - Only One Night
Nadieh - Windforce 11
Luba - How Many (Rivers to Cross)
One More Time - Calming Rain
Tricky - Makes Me Wanna Die
Rotary Connection - I Am the Black Gold of the Sun
Transister - Look Who's Perfect Now
Pizzicato Five - 陽の当たる大通り (On the Sunny Side of the Street)
Trine Rein - Summernight Magic
Piper - Summer Breeze
Thelma Houston - Ride to the Rainbow
Philip Glass - Floe
Baby Fox - Rain
Happy Rhodes - When the Rain Came Down

YouTube playlistSpotify playlist

2 entries not on Spotify are grouped together and marked on the song list.
Spotify playlist has 31 tracks, 3 of those are geoblocked in Canada and the US.

Votes due:
Saturday, 3 February
{voting timer for the actual deadline}

Enjoy listening x

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Asking for a friend: any song with lyrics that mention moon, sun, stars, moonlight, sunlight, starlight are ok, hm? And what about hot, heat, cool, cold, wet, fall, spring?
Moon/moonlight, stars/starlight not quite - but all the others are fine! As long as it's "fall" and not "falls"/"falling" as those can't apply to the season at all.
Some others would be: sunshine, sunrise, sunset, summertime, rainbow, wind, breeze, thunder, lightning, storm, snow, frozen, ice... lots of possibilities.

Other fitting Madonna classics:

It’s a few weeks late now, but hopefully anyone who felt festive last month included this previous winner in their playlists

From my own entry archives… 13 points, rude!

So as to not steal anyone’s thunder, I also poached from the former entries of people who don’t play anymore:

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