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Who’s the Boss? – Introduction

Who's The Boss? Hi Everybody, welcome to “Who’s the Boss?”, a new Return to the ’80s series. My introduction to Bruce Springsteen was his “Dancing in the Dark” video. I loved that song, as well as “Born in the U.S.A.” Then I discovered that Springsteen had been around for a while when I saw the episode of Growing Pains where Jason and Mike Seaver bonded over their love of “The Boss” – until Jason embarrassed Mike when they were interviewed by the local news when leaving the concert.

After that, I was only aware of Springsteen’s big hits, and never followed him closely. However, Bruce Springsteen does have an extremely rabid fan base. Some friends of mine are included in that group of people. I had heard that his concerts are incredible, and that he plays for a long time, and usually has no opening act. An amazing feat since I think I only knew about 6 or 7 songs by him!

Then came the Rock Out Loud podcast! I just wrote a whole article dedicated to that podcast, so you can go check that out. Basically, I love all the same music that the hosts, Steve and Kristin, listen to. Except Kristin is a HUGE Springsteen fan. I was thinking that she was just a fan because she is from New Jersey. I’m not sure if this is true, but I think if you are in New Jersey and don’t admit your love for The Boss, then you will be thrown out of the state. However, her passion for Bruce is definitely genuine. Steve and I have the same taste of music, and he was starting to like Springsteen more and more. Around a time that they were talking a little Springsteen, I was hanging with some friends who are Springsteen fans. A day or two later, an idea struck me.

I decided to challenge myself (and Kristin) by seeing if she could turn me into a Bruce Springsteen fan. She accepted this challenge. Along my quest of discovering who is “The Boss,” Kristin is giving me the albums in order of how I should listen to them. For this series, I am going to list each song, and write my initial thoughts as I listen to each song. Then I am going to forward these thoughts on to Kristin. Then she will either agree with my assessment, or let me know if I am missing the point. And if you listened to the most recent (as of this posting) Rock Out Loud episode – “When Love and Hate Collide,” you know that Kristin, thankfully, is not going to be afraid to lay the smackdown on me if I trash any song that a respectable Springsteen fan shouldn’t be trashing. As with most albums that you listen to for the first time, some songs are great the first time you hear them, and some take a few listens in order to grow on you. And a new element here is that Kristin can help me hear some songs in a different way, which may change my opinion. So for each album, I’ll give my initial thoughts, and then let you know if my opinion changed one way or another.

I figured the first album would be Born to Run, or one of his other earlier works. Wrong! There’s a saying that I love – “Go big, or go home.” Kristin shares this same sentiment. My first homework assignment – Live/1975–85. Just in case you’re not familiar with that one (yet), it is a 3 disc live set. I was not expecting that, which is totally awesome! This is going to be more fun than even I imagined! Beginning on Monday, we will take a look into that album. It will be split up into three different articles – one for each disc.

In the meantime, here are some facts that I have learned so far in my quest to discover Who’s the Boss:

(I can’t get this jingle out of my head from another GOLiverse podcast, Disney Vault Talk – Fun Facts. Woo-ooo-ooo. Say it proud and Geek Out Loud, it’s fun facts)

– Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949, in Long Branch, New Jersey. was raised in a working-class household in Freehold Borough. (Biography.com)

– Realizing her son’s interest in music, his mother got an $18 guitar for the 13-year-old Springsteen. His family’s financial situation was so tight that later when she bought a $60 Kent Guitar for her son, she had to take a loan to do so. (Celebrity Fun Facts)

– The first song Bruce Springsteen learnt to play on his guitar was ‘Twist and Shout’ by the Beatles. (Celebrity Fun Facts)

– In his adolescent years, when the Springsteens were living in New Jersey, their house was near a Nestle Factory. Bruce now reminisces that in those days, when the wind was just right, he could smell the chocolate all day long. (Celebrity Fun Facts)

– An outsider and recluse in school, Springsteen frequently got in trouble at his Catholic elementary school. “In the third grade, a nun stuffed me in a garbage can under her desk because she said that’s where I belonged,” he said. “I also had the distinction of being the only altar boy knocked down by a priest during mass.” Several years later, he skipped his own high school graduation because he felt too uncomfortable to attend. (Biography.com and Celebrity Fun Facts both refer to this)

– Bruce Springsteen is known to his fans as ‘The Boss’, but he is not particularly fond of this nickname. The name comes from the time when Springsteen and his band used to play for clubs in the 60s and resulted from him taking on the duty of collecting their nightly earnings and distributing them among the members. Before that time, he was called ‘Doctor’. (Celebrity Fun Facts)

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Rock Out Loud

The Early Podcast Listening Days

On Christmas of 2005, I got my first iPod. While learning about iTunes, I saw a section called Podcasts. I had vaguely heard of podcasts, but didn’t really know what they were. I saw there were all different kinds of topics that may have interested me. And best of all, they were free! Podcasts are basically radio talk shows on the internet. I love Star Wars, so I did a search for Star Wars, and came across a podcast called The ForceCast. I liked it a lot. Hmm, I wonder what else is out there. I also love Disney, and found quite a few Disney podcasts. Most of them were really good, but my favorite is called Inside the Magic (which happens to be the only one still around of this first group of Disney podcasts that I listened to). Being obsessed with the ’80s, I did a search for 80s. The only one to come up was Stuck in the 80s. I loved it instantly, and still listen to each episode the day it comes out whenever possible. Then I came across a couple of podcasts about the television show 24, where they would talk about each episode as it aired. Since I found there were television recap podcasts out there, I looked for one for my favorite show at the time – Smallville. I found one called Starkville House of El (or SHOE). It became one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts Derek and Steve were hilarious, and really knew their stuff. They had great chemistry, and were very entertaining.

Geek Out Loud

During the run of this podcast, they sometimes mentioned another podcast that co-host Steve Glosson had of his own – Geek Out Loud. I loved Steve on SHoE, so I figured this other podcast would be good. Mylanta! Geek Out Loud was even better than I had expected! Steve talks about everything I love. There was Star Wars talk, as well as talk about comic book movies, Muppets, and professional wrestling. He also played a lot of ’80s rock music, and talked about the music he loves, which happened to be the music I love. After the Smallville series wrapped up, I still got my Steve Glosson fix on Geek Out Loud. He also hosts The Big Honkin’ Show, which is a potpourri of different topics, in a radio type of format. During the breaks, there are some funny fake commercials. And when the show comes back from commercial, there is usually an awesome ’80s rock song playing. When Steve records this show, you can actually listen live, and participate by live chatting.

A GoLiverse is Born

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A couple of years ago, different Geek Out Loud shows spin-off shows started rolling out. There would be a host, and Steve would be the co-host. One of the first spin-offs was Know What I’m Saying, which Steve and Karl talk about whatever’s on their mind. I’m still not sure whether I find the bromance entertaining or disturbing. In one of the early episodes, they talked music, and I was hooked. There is also Mark Out Loud, where Steve and Mark talk about professional wrestling. They talk about the current wrestling world. However, I love the episodes in which they cover old school wrestling matches and events. Another awesome podcast is Disney Vault Talk in which Steve and Teresa watch and review every animated Disney film in order. Being a huge Disney fan, this is one of my favorite podcasts. As much as I love all of these podcasts, my favorite of them all is…drum roll please, Rick Allen…

Rock Out Loud!

Rock Out Loud

The idea of Rock Out Loud came about when Steve would play a lot of awesome rock music, on The Big Honkin’ Show, that Kristin from Jersey loved. After hanging out in the chat, discussing the music, they decided to start up this podcast. With Steve being one of the best podcasters, if not THE best, and Kristin being the heart and soul of this podcast, this is easily one of my favorite podcasts ever. I always listen as soon as each episode is available. I love that Steve and I have the same taste in music. But, it’s Kristin that totally impressed me. Her knowledge and love of ’80s rock is unsurpassed. What’s more impressive is that Kristin was not even alive in the ’80s! And it’s not just encyclopedic knowledge that she has. Kristin understands and feels the music more than most people that actually lived through that time period. Kristin’s aunt (who is my new hero) was an influence on Kristin’s taste in music. So we can thank her for keeping the ’80s alive! And for the younger folks out there, Kristin is also into current music too. So there is something for every rock fan in this podcast.

Each Rock Out Loud episode begins with Steve and Kristin having a fun conversation for a few minutes. And then they read emails that are sent in to them by listeners, and they discuss and answer questions for each email. After the emails, they go into the main topic of the episode. For example, one episode was about road trips. In this episode, Steve and Kristin discussed what makes a good road trip playlist. They take turns going through their picks of songs, and they play a little of each song as they discuss and/or debate each pick. Other great episodes include Feel Good Music (Kristin and Steve discuss the songs that pick them up when they’re feeling low), Power Ballads, Cover Songs, Dust in the Wind where Kristin and Steve talk about Rockers who left us too soon. They also have covered albums like Hysteria and one of my favorite episodes – New Jersey. Each episode seems to push 2 hours, but they go by so fast. Between the entertaining discussions and awesome music, the episode is over before you know it.

 

Who’s the Boss?

Being from New Jersey, Kristin is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. While her aunt was a big influence for a lot of her music taste, her father was the one who turned her on to Springsteen. Again, her passion is unsurpassed. Now, I was never a big Springsteen fan. All I know are his big hits. But, there are millions of people like Kristin who are obsessed with him and his music. So, I decided to challenge myself (and Kristin) by seeing if she could turn me into a Bruce Springsteen fan. She accepted this challenge. I asked her which albums to start with. Then I would go there each album on this site. I figured the first album would be Born to Run, or one of his other earlier works. Nope! She threw me into the deep end of the pool! My first homework assignment – Live/1975–85. Just in case you’re not familiar with that one, it is a 3 disc live set. I was not expecting that, which is totally awesome! This is going to be a lot of fun.  So, you will be seeing my review on this album shortly.

In the meantime, please check out the Rock Out Loud Podcast, and subscribe on iTunes. You won’t be sorry. And if you like rock music, you will love this podcast.

 

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