Although I’ve gotten back in the habit of writing every day, I’m sort of taking the day off from blogging today.
I resisted the urge to highlight this song last Fourth of July, but you don’t get that lucky this year.
Here’s the official video for the magnificent song “Fourth of July” by the legendary indie/dream-pop band Galaxie 500:
The song, of course, is the first song from their third album This is Our Music, released in 1990.
The song is perhaps their signature song, and it’s been covered too many times to count. Their swan song album is out of print, but it’s been re-issued too many times to count. There’s the 1996 reissue which was part of a glorious 4-disc boxed set. The fourth disc in that set was Uncollected, which is a collection of b-sides, covers, and rarities. Uncollected would later show up as part of a bizarre and unnecessary boxed set. It was a bonus disc in the 2010 reissue of Today. There’s the 1997 “enhanced” re-issue. There’s the 2010 2xCD/2XLP “bonus tracks” re-issue, which was part of that strange 2010 boxed set that doesn’t make much sense to collectors. The second disc of the 2010 reissue of This is Our Music is nothing more than the Copenhagen live album that most collectors already have. There are other reissues, but I very seriously recommend the 1996 boxed set. It’s astonishing. It’s everything that a boxed set from one of your favorite bands should be. The booklet is amazing, the unique art is amazing. The box itself is amazing. Spend your money on this set right now, and you can thank me for it later.