Long Hot Summer (The Style Council song)

"Long Hot Summer"
Single by The Style Council
from the album Introducing The Style Council
A-side "Long Hot Summer"
B-side "Le Départ"
Released August 1983
Recorded June 1983, La Studio Grande Armée, Paris, France
Length 7:04
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Paul Weller
  • Paul Weller
  • Peter Wilson
The Style Council singles chronology
"Money Go Round (Part 1)"
"Long Hot Summer"
"A Solid Bond in Your Heart"
Introducing The Style Council track listing
"Long Hot Summer"
"Headstart for Happiness"

"Long Hot Summer" is a song by the English band The Style Council which was their third single to be released. It was composed by lead singer Paul Weller, recorded between 12 and 17 June 1983 in the Grande Armée Studios in Paris, and released on 8 August 1983. In addition to being sold as a conventional two track 7" single, "Long Hot Summer" was also simultaneously released as a four track 7" and 12" EP titled "Á Paris" which also contained the song "The Paris Match" plus two keyboard instrumentals, "Party Chambers" and "Le Depart". It was also included on the 1983 mini-album Introducing The Style Council.

The promotional video for "Long Hot Summer" was filmed on the River Cam in Cambridge. The song reached the position of number three in the UK singles chart making it the Style Council's biggest hit, and it remains a staple of Paul Weller's live concerts to the present day.

By coincidence the British summer of 1983, most notably July, turned out to be one of the hottest on record – something that would not have been known at the time the song was written and recorded.

Compilation appearances

As well as the song's single release, it has featured on various compilation albums released by The Style Council. The song was included on The Singular Adventures of The Style Council, The Complete Adventures of The Style Council, and Greatest Hits.

Track listing

  1. "Long Hot Summer (extended version)"
  2. "Party Chambers"
  3. "The Paris Match"
  4. "Le Depart"
  1. "Long Hot Summer"
  2. "Le Départ"


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[1]


Chart (1983) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 28
Canadian Hot 100 41
New Zealand Singles Chart[2] 12
UK Singles Chart[3] 3


  1. Introducing The Style Council liner notes. Polydor Records. 1983.
  2. Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 537. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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