In 1981, HERC's family lived in a tent at a campground just outside city limits for their first thirty days here in the desert and he was up every weekday extra early to get ready for the ride into his bus stop on base where he caught a bus to school. Weirdly, some of the older kids who could drive chose to to drive their cars to the bus stop, an abandoned runway with four pavilions, and hang out, blasting music from speakers placed on the roof of their cars until the buses came and then they'd follow or race the buses to HERC's high school which was located smack in the middle of downtown, about eight miles away. HERC first heard "Children Of The Sun", which hit #41 on the Hot 100 in 1979, there at the bus stop one morning in the Fall of 1981 and it has been a favorite ever since. He has no idea why he associates this fun with headphones track with Summer but he does. Sounds pretty damn good in the Blueberry as well.
You know HERC digs him some space-themed rock, so if you're gonna play "Children of The Sun", HERC recommends following it up with "Why Me?" from Planet P aka Planet P Project. The song peaked at #64 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Rock chart in early Summer 1983.
In 1982, Billy Thorpe released his third album following Children Of The Sun. Titled East Of Eden's Gate, the title track was more of that guitar vs synthesizer rock best heard via headphones a la "Children Of The Sun" HERC loves. He considers it one of the lost rock tracks of 1982.