The Sounds of Summer- Day 54 out of 95 “Summer Babe”- Pavement. “Summer Babe” is the opening track on Pavement’s debut album “Slanted And Enchanted” from 1992. The song was written by Stephen Malkmus, Pavement’s lead singer and vocalist. – he said he was trying to sound like Lou Reed singing about ‘sad boy stuff.” Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #292 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. It does have that Lou Reed/ Velvet Underground sound with the guitars and vocals. The song was released as a single but didn’t make the Hot 100- it should have been a chart buster.