Skyrockets in Flight: What Was Your Fireworks Playlist?

AP070704032856.jpgGood morning. I’m Matos, and I’ve been here before. Last night I caught easily the most impressive fireworks I’ve seen, over Seattle’s Lake Union, and from distant windows I heard radio songs presumably meant to sync up with the display. What I caught: Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” a.k.a. the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey; some of the “1812 Overture”; John Williams’s opening theme to Star Wars; and, er, Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough,” presumably in tribute to America’s ravenous nature and/or the fact that the Lake Union fireworks just kept going for 35 glorious minutes. That’s how I like to think of it, anyway. So, commenters–what did you hear during last night’s fireworks?

  • Emerson Dameron

    I was at a house party. One guest plugged in his iPod, which played a mix of stuff he’d buried in it and didn’t recognize – mostly old-sounding funk in other languages. That, and “Fuckin’ You Tonight.”

  • mike a

    Sadly, nothing. I caught a bad cold from one of my kids and was asleep by 8 pm.

  • Ned Raggett

    My fellow celebrators provided their own random singalongs, which weren’t so bad.

  • Maura Johnston

    i listened to the mets get brutalized by the goddamn rockies

  • Anonymous

    A lot of people around me saying: “I can HEAR the fireworks, but I can’t SEE the fireworks!”

  • ragandboneshop

    There didn’t seem to be any fireworks anywhere nearby, which was fine by me. My wife and I watched Michael Moore’s SICKO, which was devastating. What better way to celebrate July 4 than by watching a movie that makes you want to leave the United States forever? As for music, the movie included a particularly awful French version of “Eve of Destruction.”

  • Lee

    Hey, first time commentor, long time lurker. As long as I can remember my dad always played John Wayne’s spoken word album “America: Why I Love Her.” I’ve proudly carried on the tradition with my family, though they think I’m touched in the head.
    The album is quite fun if you don’t take it seriously.

  • ragandboneshop

    Just like America itself!

  • mackro

    I caught the same Lake Union fire works as Matos did. I was at the top of the hill at Gasworks Park, so I heard the songs loud and clear, as this was the base of the entire operation. Matos may have also heard:

    * Rolling Stones “Start Me Up”
    * Chic “Le Freak”
    * Jimi Hendrix “Fire”
    * Tony Bennett “Fly Me To The Moon”
    * Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”
    * Something either from the new Killers, or Klaxons

    And the fireworks were rhythmically in sync with all these songs. “Bohemain Rhapsody” was the most impressive as far as keeping up with the accents in the song. However, “Fire” brought those eye-burning generative fuzzy fractal type fireworks that kinda simulated the experience of being on acid for you.

  • erika

    I listened to the best fireworks song ever. . . Neil Diamond. . . “America”. . . followed by some Elvis. . . some Sousa marches. . . and capped off with some James Brown “Livin’ in America”

  • Dan Gibson

    Was there some sort of special occasion yesterday? I’m confused.

  • Poubelle

    Chicago’s big fireworks night is the third–the orchestra played the 1812 Overture, followed by Stars and Stripes Forever, except that Stars and Stripes randomly had the Imperial Death March from Star Wars thrown in the middle. (Perhaps someone was sharing their feelings on the current administration.)

  • LucyTuzy

    Hear hear! Seattle had some bad ass fireworks. But I thought the Depeche Mode was supposed to synch up with the hearts portion of the display. Maybe I was too drunk. Maybe I’m still drunk.

  • kungfujohnny82

    I played DJ at a friends party here is part of my list

    Bob Dylan – Chimes of freedom
    Johnny Cash – Big River
    The Hold Steady – Stuck between stations
    Chuck Berry Promised Land
    Rufus Wainwrtight – goingto a town
    Wilco – Impossible Germany
    Mason Jennings – Simple life
    Amy Winehouse – Rehab
    Bright Eyes – Classic cars
    Ray Charles – America the beautiful
    Black Eyed Peas – Power to the People
    Simon and Garfunkle – America
    John Prine – City of New Orleans
    Dave Alvin – 4th of July
    John Prine – Your falg decal won’t get you into heaven any more
    Stars – Celebration Guns
    Wilco – Ashes of the American flag
    Electrelene – On parade
    Azure Ray – 4th of July
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Pink Houses
    David Bowie – Young Americans
    Mobb Depp – USA
    Tchaikosky – 1812 Overture (whole thing!)

  • Michaelangelo Matos

    haha I only meant that I heard a portion of the 1812 Overture–I’m sure the radio had the whole thing too. and thanks for the playlist.