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Burnin' for You

Ironically, it took a Brit to properly capture the true importance of Freon-assisted cooling in song. "Sun is perching on my office block, the air-­conditioning's run away," XTC's Andy Partridge sings in "Summer Hot as This." "No one dares to swim the street below, while the world's a ball of baking clay."

Over the past couple of weeks, as Houston has become a baking ball of clay (and then some), Noise has come to realize all the songs about air-­conditioning in the world won't lower the mercury one single degree. The icy guitar of Coldplay's "Shiver" comes pretty close, but even Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool or New Edition's "Cool It Now" couldn't soothe his fevered brow.

It turns out rearranging the furniture to move your bed closer to the AC — which, praise the Lord, wasn't broken, just in need of a well-deserved rest and thorough defrosting — works much better. CHRIS GRAY

chris.gray@houstonpress.com

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