A Capital Radio Fourth, 7-4-22

The 246th birthday of the Union comes at a fraught time. So we celebrated and challenged the nation, in our way, on the July 4th edition of Capital Radio — probably on when you were in the middle of your neighborhood BBQ. 

The holiday playlist for Independence Day isn’t long, so a lot of it may be familiar from annual airplay. Still, I was glad to include some new additions from Wilco, King Khan, Neil Finn, Father John Misty and Charles Bradley. But three from Springsteen and a fourth that he wrote (but Mary J. Blige sang).

Closed with two “Fireworks” from Ryan Adams and Marah (but not Katy Perry). And I’m afraid they won’t be the last fireworks I’ll hear tonight.

Here’s the playlist:

Capital Radio, July 4, 2022, 1 p.m.- 4:20 p.m., cygnusradio.com

  • “Capital Radio Two,” The Clash
  • “Almost Independence Day,” Van Morrison
  • “Tears of Rage,” Bob Dylan & The Band
  • “4th of July [demo],” X
  • “4th of July,” Aimee Mann
  • “4th of July,” Galaxie 500
  • “4th of July / Christmas Rag,” Peter Case
  • “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (live),” Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 
  • “Independence Day (live),” Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 
  • “Independence Day,” Elliott Smith
  • “Independence Day,” Neil Finn 
  • “American Tune,” Allen Toussaint
  • “America,” Simon & Garfunkel 
  • “Cruel Country,” Wilco
  • “Ashes of American Flags,” Wilco
  • “Volunteers,” Jefferson Airplane 
  • “This is My Country,” Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
  • “America Goddamn,” King Khan
  • “Winter in America,” Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
  • “This is Not America,” David Bowie 
  • “Is This America?” Charlie Haden Family
  • “America is Waiting,“ Brian Eno & David Byrne 
  • “Miss America,” David Byrne
  • “America,” Prince 
  • “Looking for America,” Lana Del Rey
  • “House Un-American Blues Activity Dream,” Mimi & Richard Farina 
  • “This Land is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie 
  • “Living in America,” Aztec Two-Step
  • “American Land,” Bruce Springsteen
  • “American Skin (41 Shots),” Mary J. Blige & Kendrick Lamar 
  • “American Dream,” Bobby Womack
  • “Only in America,” The Drifters
  • “America,” M83
  • “American Music,” Violent Femmes
  • “American Music,” The Blasters 
  • “Brilliant Mistake,” Elvis Costello 
  • “Bored in the USA,” Father John Misty
  • “America is Not the World,” Morrissey
  • “I’m So Bored with the U.S.A.,” The Clash
  • “Dancing USA,” The Contours 
  • “Parties in the U.S.A.,” Jonathan Richman 
  • “Young Americans,” David Bowie
  • “Living in America,” James Brown 
  • “God Bless America,” Charles Bradley
  • “Why Is It So Hard,” Charles Bradley
  • “Firecracker,” Marah
  • “Firecracker,” Ryan Adams 

Capital Radio returns live July 11 at 1 p.m. EDT at cygnusradio.com, and the free CygnusRadio.com app, available on iTunes and GooglePlay.