While story of the Enfield Poltergeist is likely nothing more than an elaborate hoax perpetrated on the British news media, that hasn’t stopped Apple TV producing a documentary about the events.
A documentary populated by actors lip-syncing to the actual recordings from that time that is actually quite interesting, especially when looked at from the perspective of unearthing proof of the hoax.
Along with the “facts” about the case, Apple TV +’s The Enfield Poltergeist also features several superb songs on its soundtrack.
Songs like Scottish pop group Bay City Rollers’ ‘Summerlove Sensation‘, which was played on The Enfield Poltergeist, Episode 1, “The Happenings” as people are on the beach at Clacton-On-Sea, and as Paul is talking about Janet being anxious.
We then see the Hodgson kids on holiday playing on the beach.
The innocence of Bay City Rollers’ ‘Summerlove Sensation‘
Bay City Rollers’ ‘Summerlove Sensation‘ was released in 1974 on the Scottish band’s debut album Rollin’, which came out on the now defunct Bell record label.
The track was the third single released from the album, right after ‘Remember (Sha-La-La-La)‘ and ‘Shang-a-Lang‘, and right before ‘Saturday Night‘.
‘Summerlove Sensation‘ was one of two hit singles from the album, with the song peaking at #3 on the UK Singles chart, as well as on charts in Japan, Australia and Ireland.
It is a song about young love, and what it feels like spending the summer with the boy you met on vacation.
Listening to the song on The Enfield Poltergeist, it made me realize that, as a child growing up in the UK at the time Bay City Rollers released ‘Summerlove Sensation’, it never dawned on me at the time how innocent those times were.
How sweet and innocent much of the music we listened to was, and how clean cut the band, and how clean their songs’ lyrics.
Especially when you consider the type of songs we often listen to nowadays.
A lovely time for many who grew up in it, and one we are not likely to see again. At least in the west.
Listen to Bay City Rollers’ ‘Summerlove Sensation‘ from The Enfield Poltergeist in the video, via the band’s Rollin’ album and in a video of a live performance of the song the band gave on the Dutch TV show Top Pop.
The four-episode The Enfield Poltergeist is now streaming via Apple TV +.
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