My Summer Girl

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"My Summer Girl"
My Summer Girl cover
Song by The Rentals
Album Return of the Rentals
Released October 24, 1995
Format CD
Recorded Poop Alley Studios
Length 3:12
Label Maverick Records / Reprise Records
Writer(s) Matt Sharp,
Cherielynn Westrich (uncredited)
Producer(s) Matt Sharp, Tom Grimley
Status Officially released
Return of the Rentals track listing
"Please Let That Be You"
"My Summer Girl"
"Brilliant Boy"

This song is part of the "My Summer Girl" lineage of songs

"My Summer Girl" is the sixth track from the Rentals debut album, Return of the Rentals. It is a reworking of a song titled "I Don't Love This, Babe"



Matt Sharp wrote the song under the title "I Don't Love This, Babe" and recorded it with That's Incredible! in April 1994. While rewriting songs for Return of the Rentals, Sharp gave an instrumental copy of the song to Cherielynn Westrich, due to Sharp's writers block at the time. By the next day, Westrich completely rewrote the lyrics and melody and gave a copy to Sharp.[1]

Westrich did not initially receive songwriting credit on the album's release. Westrich expressed disdain for Sharp in a 2001 Glorious Noise interview, saying:

Matt pretty much tried to take credit for everything that anyone would let him. He changed the album cover from the original design to a picture of just him. I think he even tried to take producer credit all to himself. I really think Matt was being kind of a big jerk to a lot of nice people. Tom [Grimley] really did do quite a lot on that album. Yes, Matt also did take all the writing credit, and all the publishing money that goes along with the writer's credit, although you are right about "My Summer Girl." I wrote the lyrics and melody. Oh well.

Cherielynn Westrich, from an interview with Glorious Noise[2]

Westrich later received credit for writing the song on the Rentals' website when the band reformed in 2005.[1]




Lyrics and chords from ca. 2005

My summer girl
She was my world
He's got her now
Charmed her somehow

I know I'm not your type
I'll never be your type

All summer long
Feelings grew strong
All through that time
I was not blind

My summer girl

I'll never be your type

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
For prior demos, see "I Don't Love This, Babe."
The Rentals My Summer Girl Spring 1995 Poop Alley Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:12 Return of the Rentals
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See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cherielynn Westrich biography.
  2. Brown, Jake. "Our first real interview: Cherielynn Westrich" Glorious Noise. 25 September 2001.