Thirsty Merc Front Man Hilariously Describes How He Came Up With The Banger 'In The Summertime'

The year is 2004: Janet Jackson has suffered an awkward wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl, Facebook has officially launched, Friends has finished, John Howard is Australia's Prime Minister and Thirsty Merc has released the absolute banger known as 'In The Summertime'.

The song became immortalised in the opening theme song for Bondi Rescue and the rest, they say, is history.

But how did the band come up with this certified track? While it's not a question many people ask, it seems as though the band's front man Rai Thistlethwaite has answered it anyway.

In a bizarre six-minute video on Facebook, old mate Rai ranted about how he wanted to produce something incredible.

"No one's actually asked me this, but I figured I'd just fucking crap on about it for a bit anyway," he told he followers.

"Was I trying to write a hit? Fuck yeah I was. I was fucking trying to write a hit, I wanted it to get on the fucking radio. I wanted it to get played like a fucking motherfucker, and generate as many royalties as possible so I could make as much fucking cash as possible," he says.

"I wanted the thing to be as fucking catchy as fucking velcro, and I wanted to fucking get that shit cracking to help promote an album I was fucking putting out, on a fucking major record label."

"I'm just being honest about, because I'm not gonna fucking pretend like a lot of fucking other artists."

It was certainly catchy as it reached number nine on the ARIA Airways chart and 43 across the country.

Fans have praised Rai for being honest, with one person saying: "No need to apologise for the most honest explanation of songwriting there is. I've always loved that song, and still love it after hearing it a million times. It's a perfect pop rock song done flawlessly with all the hooks you can dream of."

Another person added: "Don't ever be sorry, this was fucking amazing, bang on and you sir are a brilliant musician."

We haven't heard from Thirsty Merc since 2015 after they released Shifting Gears, which reached 68 on the charts. Their previous album, Mousetrap House, performed much better, reaching 14 on the board.

Hopefully Rai and the boys have had a bit of time off and will come back with another banger like 'In The Summertime'.

Featured Image Credit: Thirsty Merc

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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