29 June 2012

Retro Video Unit (6/29/12)

Considering the approaching holiday, there's really only one choice for this installment: "Fourth of July" by X from 1987's See How We Are. Unfortunately, as is frequently the case I can't locate the official music video, though I'm certain one exists, having seen it many times on MTV. (One labeled as such on YouTube is in fact the video for the title track from the album, and still worth a watch.)

But I did find a very nice video for it by Dave Alvin, who wrote the song and who was briefly a member of X after the departure of original guitarist Billy Zoom.

If you're in the mood, there's also an excellent audio-only clip of the band (with Alvin) performing the song live at Boston's Paradise in 1986 (followed by another live version from a 1993 show in California).

X may not have achieved mainstream success or recognition, but few bands have come close to their ambition, talent, and stature.

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