Here's X's "Fourth of July", an obvious choice for the day, or so it would appear. But song titles can be deceiving, and in this case the title is. It's actually about a guy on the outs with his girlfriend, trying to get her to soften up. Regardless, every fourth of July it runs through my head, so I'll just exorcise the sucker.
The song was written by Dave Alvin, the ex-Blaster, when he was in X. The released version is a little glossy for my tastes, but there's a streaming version of the demo down there. There's also a live version by Alvin and the Guilty Men, recorded some time after his departure from X. The other version is by Early Winters, a band with a novel approach to recording. All the members live in different countries (or did at the time it was recorded) and they swap tracks via the internet. The last cut down there is just for kicks. It's X's Budweiser commercial, a token out of character WTF oddball.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
X - 4th of July mp3 at Bruised Fruit CDs
X - 4th of July (demo, streaming audio only) at YouTube
Early Winters - 4th of July mp3 at Scrink
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men - 4th of July (live) mp3 at Archive.org
X - Bud Thing mp3 at BillyZoom.com