Sunday, July 14, 2013

Listener-Submitted July 4th Playlist

On the morning of July 4th, I asked Dirty Roots Radio listeners to share their ideas for a listener-submitted Independence Day playlist.  Unfortunately, the next day, I was in the Emergency Room being diagnosed with a kidney stone.  This post isn't about me, or the stone...I'm just trying to make a pitiful excuse for why I waited so long to finally share what was contributed.  It's been a long week...

I friggin' love the Fourth of July.  It's grown to be one of my very favorite "holidays" - Halloween being the other.  I'm not a flag-waver by any means.  And my love of the 4th of July isn't born of patriotism...not in an "immediate" sense anyway.

I love the heat.  Not usually, mind you...I usually hate heat.  But I love the grit, grime, sweat, and dirt of the Fourth of July.  My family all gathers together, we swim, the kids play, we BBQ, we eat, we drink beer, we play, we all bring our dogs and they play...and then, at the end of the day, when the sun finally goes down and everyone is sunburned and caked in dirt and the kids have dried, gooey watermelon juice all down their necks and we're all beat and look like absolute hell....then we light off all the legal explosives we can get our hands on.  To paraphrase what one online pal said about it, it's just an awesome feeling of being alive.  And I guess that's connected to the whole freedom thing.

(Side note...we do all this at my dad's house every year.  They have a fireworks stand a few blocks away from where he lives.  We hit that on the afternoon of the 4th every year to stock up.  This year, we went into the tent - which has about 100 signs all saying "No use of fireworks within 300 feet of tent" and noticed a crowd at one end.  There was a huge group of guys all drinking beer and lighting off BIG - seriously, major - fireworks - about 10 feet from the tent.  I looked over to my side and a sheriff's deputy was standing there...observing...taking it all in with a big ol' smile on his face.  God bless 'Merica.)

I asked listeners for their favorite patriotic songs...favorite protest songs...favorite pro/anti/whatever-have-you kind of song that would fit well with the whole 4th of July theme.  That's kind of what the whole "being free" thing is about, right?

Anyway...here it finally is.  Thanks to everyone who made suggestions!!!  (And sorry for my delay in sharing it.)

Here's a couple of my suggestions.  I was gonna share some of the others that were submitted by listeners, too...but when there are duplicates...the credit goes to the listener, not the host.

To start it all off...Yeah, some listeners did submit this one, too...but this one's beyond credit for either one of us...it's gotta start things off.  

I read something once by some music critic/writer (Greil Marcus, maybe?) who thought this was the ultimate protest song of all time.  I tend to agree.  Doing it this way kind of acknowledges the importance and significance of America, but at the same time it's rough and raw and kinda nasty...kinda like America can be, for better or for worse.  And, yeah, it's maybe even a little disrespectful, thereby pointing out the issues Jimi and the rest of us can have with America...


Bassamp & Dano is a St. Louis based duo I love...and I couldn't not share this one, based on the occasion...


And a couple from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings...





Ladies and gentlemen...a word from Our Founder (Johnny Cash)...



How about one from Our Patron Saint (Joe Strummer) and The Clash...


And now from the listeners...

JB from Virginia...



Harley from Kentucky...







Tom from Wisconsin...





Melissa from Ohio...



Paula from Massachusetts...



Pete from ????...





Maureen from New York...





King Rhino from New Jersey...



Victoria from Colorado... (Victoria and her husband submitted a WHOLE lotta great ones...some so good I couldn't even find them on YouTube at all!  Here's what I could get, though!)











(This one NSFW...)



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