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Remember That Song: 10/14/15

Hi Everybody! I’m back. It’s been a rough month, but it’s time to Return to the ’80s. Thanks so much for sticking around and for your support.

Can you name the artist and song:

I watch you sleeping – your body touchin’ me
There’s no doubt about it
This is where I want to be


Last Song: “My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen from Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more

Who’s the Boss? – Darkness on the Edge of Town

Who's The Boss?
Hi Everybody! We are back with a new album for “Who’s the Boss?” If you are new, or missed the previous “Who’s the Boss?” articles, you can go ahead and see what this is all about. Kristin, from Rock Out Loud, had suggested that I start my Bruce Springsteen journey with the Live 1975/85 album. This was a stroke of genius on her part. A lot of songs from that album were also on the Born to Run album as well as today’s album, Darkness on the Edge of Town. I feel that if I had just jumped right into these studio albums first, I wouldn’t have appreciated the songs as much. Bruce’s storytelling and the emotions, that he poured into the live versions of these songs, got me warmed up and ready for the studio versions.

Now let’s get into the next album of the “Who’s the Boss?” series – Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Darkness on the Edge of Town was Bruce Springsteen’s fourth studio album. It was the follow-up to Bruce’s big breakthrough album, Born to Run. Darkness on the Edge of Town was released in 1978 – three years after Born to Run. It took so long because Springsteen got into a legal battle with his former manager and producer, Mike Appel. Without getting bogged down into too much detail, basically Springsteen was young and naive when he first signed on with Mike Appel. It turns out that Bruce was getting a raw deal on royalties, and he did not have the publishing rights to his own songs. While Bruce was getting out of that contract, he signed with a new producer, Jon Landau. Appel filed an injunction that prevented Bruce from entering a recording studio. The matter was finally settled out of court. To get more details about this, and to see the recording process of this album, I highly recommend watching the awesome documentary, The Promise: The Darkness On the Edge of Town Story – Bruce Springsteen.
Although this album did not have any high charting singles, it is one of Springsteen’s most beloved albums. It actually stayed on the charts for nearly two years and is certified triple-platinum.

So, let’s see what everybody is raving about. You can click on the song title to listen to the song/watch the video.

 


Side One

1. “Badlands”

Love! I first heard this song on Live 1975/85. The music and vocals are great. So far, I really enjoy the songs where Bruce’s voice is at a deeper tone. And of course the lyrics are awesome. Here is a perfect example,

Talk about a dream
try to make it real
You wake up in the night
with a fear so real
Spend your life waiting
for a moment that just don’t come
Well, don’t waste your time waiting

2. “Adam Raised a Cain”

I know this song from Live 1975/85. I like this song. It rocks. But, I prefer the live version. So far in this series, I kind of liked the live versions and the studio versions of songs equally. But, this is one of those instances that the live version is far superior.

3. “Something in the Night”

Time to slow things down a bit. We have another winner here. The music itself really brings me back to the late ’70s. This is angsty Bruce, who I’m beginning to like more and more.

4. “Candy’s Room”

Here is another one that I discovered on Live 1975/85. I liked that performance, and I love this studio version as well. It is a great rocker. The drumming on this one is incredible.

5. “Racing in the Street”

Another song that is on Live 1975/85. If I started the series with this album, I would be bored with this song. But as I become more educated, I know to pay special close attention to the lyrics on these slow songs. Bruce really paints a picture in his storytelling.

Side Two

1. “The Promised Land”

Not to sound like a broken records, but this is another one that I first heard on Live 1975/85. This is another classic Bruce song with incredible lyrics.

Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

2. “Factory”

This is Bruce being Bruce, hammering into your head that he speaks for the working man. Putting my facetiousness aside, I do like this song. I’m finding that not too many people, if any, can tell a story in song better than Bruce.

3. “Streets of Fire”

I’ve come to accept the fact that anytime there is a Springsteen song with the word “Fire” in the title, it is going to be a slower paced song.

4. “Prove It All Night”

This is a new one for me. I like this song a lot. It kind of feels like a Jackson Browne song. I love the sax solo and then how it goes into a guitar solo. I think this is my favorite of the songs that were new to me on this album.

5. “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

This song became an instant classic to me. This song is always popping up in my heat, perhaps more than any other Springsteen tune. I can’t explain it other than it is a great song.

Fun Facts

Fun Facts. Woo-ooo-ooo. Say it proud and Geek Out Loud, it’s fun facts

I have gotten all of these facts from 100.7 WZLX (a Boston classic rock station)

The album cover was shot at the photographer’s home in New Jersey.
After doing photography for Patti Smith and notable early punk rockers, photographer Frank Stefanko was given the task of shooting the album cover and inner photos for Darkness. The two met through Patti as a mutual connection. Bruce drove down to Stefanko’s house in Haddonfield, New Jersey with just a change of clothes and shot both inside the house and on surrounding streets. The cover for Darkness was shot in Stefanko’s bedroom, while a photo from the same shoot was later used for The River.

Bruce wrote 70+ songs for the album
According to Jimmy Iovine, Springsteen wrote at least 70 songs to be chosen for final inclusion on Darkness, and over 50 of them were at least partially recorded but not completed. Bruce ultimately wanted to retain the themes present in the album’s main tracks and avoid “singles” that may not have fit the narrative. But some of those songs eventually saw the light of day…

Unreleased tracks like “Because the Night” were re-purposed or given to other artists
Springsteen’s compilation The Promise contains 21 unreleased tracks that were recorded mostly from 1976-1978, many of which from the Darkness sessions. Most notable is “Because the Night”, which Bruce gave to Patti Smith and became one of the latter’s signature songs.

At least 16 songs remain unreleased
Despite the dozens of recordings that eventually saw release on the River or subsequent compilation albums, there are at least 16 known recordings that are circulating as bootlegs but have never been given an official release. These songs include “Preacher’s Daughter”, “Down By the River”, “Castaway”, “Cheap Thrills”, and “Blue Moon”.


Does anybody else like this album or have any memories you would like to share? And don’t forget, please check out my friends Steve and Kristin on the Rock Out Loud podcast. It is a lot of fun, and it is a great place to rock out and enjoy music that you may not hear on any other podcast.

Remember That Song: 6/16/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Just to have you near me
Here by my side
Just to have you near
And when I get next to your body


Last Song: “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen from Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

Great job Andy (@andytorah) and Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

Man I ain’t getting nowhere
I’m just living in a dump like this
There’s something happening somewhere
baby I just know that there is

Who’s the Boss? – Born to Run

Who's The Boss?
Hi Everybody! We are back with a new album for “Who’s the Boss?” If you are new, or missed the previous “Who’s the Boss?” articles, you can go ahead and see what this is all about. The first assignment given to me by Kristin, from Rock Out Loud, was to listen to Live/1975–85. It turned out to be a 40 song project that had to be split up into three articles – Disc 1, Disc 2, and Disc 3. My next album is not as extensive as Live/1975–85, but it is just as awesome. We are talking about Bruce Springsteen’s big breakthrough album, Born to Run. Instead of a 40 song extravaganza, this album only has 9 songs. 9 awesome songs! For the last album, I gave my initial thoughts, and then gave my feelings about the songs after listening some more. For this album, I loved every song right from the beginning. So, my initial thoughts did not change for any of these songs, other than liking them more and more.

Born to Run was Bruce Springsteen’s third album, and was his big breakthrough. I had thought that this was his debut album, but Springsteen had released Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. Born to Run was released on August 25, 1975, and was a critical and commercial success. As of 2000, 6 million copies were sold. It would reach all the way to #3 on the Billboard charts. Bruce Springsteen has pretty much been a household name since this album was released. So, let’s go check this out, and see what all the craze is about. As with the previous posts, you can click on the song title to listen to it and/or watch the video.

Side 1

1. Thunder Road

This song opened Live 1975/85, and opens this album. I love this studio version.

2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

I like this song (also first heard on Live 1975/85). If I didn’t hear this on the live album, I might not have liked this song as much. It sticks with you though.

3. Night

Never heard of this song before. I’m really enjoying this one. Pretty cool, upbeat song. As usual, Clarence Clemons is awesome. I like Bruce’s voice in this song.

4. Backstreets

This is a song that I liked right away on the Live 1975/85 album. I like this studio version just as much. And ow, he really turns it up a notch towards the end!

Side 2

1. Born to Run

Classic! Not much else I can say about this one. This is one of those songs I have always loved, and never got sick of it.

2. She’s the One

Whoa, I really like this one! They are firing on all cylinders in this song. Every instrument plays a big part, and this is another song where I love Bruce’s voice. I don’t know any details about playing music, but maybe it’s a lower key or range that he sings in some of these songs that I really enjoy.

3. Meeting Across the River

This is a little different from anything else I have heard from Bruce. It features a piano and trumpet. I think I will like this song more after a few more listens.

4. Jungleland

Holy crap! What an epic song! It is story that could be made into a movie. And the music is incredible. And the awesome sax and piano in the middle of the song reminds me of Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”, which is a great thing! This song is over 9 minutes, which would probably explain why there are only 8 songs on the album. But, it doesn’t feel like 9 minutes. So, so good!

Fun Facts

Fun Facts. Woo-ooo-ooo. Say it proud and Geek Out Loud, it’s fun facts

– The title from “Thunder Road” comes from the Robert Mitchum film Thunder Road. Springsteen declared that he was somehow inspired by the movie despite not having seen it. As he says: “I never saw the movie, I only saw the poster in the lobby of the theater.”

– While recording “Jungleland” the closing act of Born to Run, it took 16 hours to properly set up and record Clarence Clemons solo act. When Bruce told him how long it had been, Clarence was surprised. He had believed that only about 5 hours had gone by.

– A line from the song “Night” on Born to Run goes “the circuit’s lined and jammed with chromed invaders.” The Circuit is a nickname for the drive around Kingsley Street and Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park.

– Ernest “Boom” Carter doesn’t have the same name recognition as some other E Streeters, but even if you’re only a casual Bruce fan, you’ve heard his work. Carter’s only performance with Springsteen was his drum track on “Born to Run.” Carter’s successor to the drum throne, Max Weinberg, has said that he could never reproduce Carter’s drum parts in concert and eventually stopped trying.

Remember That Song: 4/14/15

Can you name the artist and song:

If I was you, and you were me, you’d wanna be winnin’
If you want somethin’ bad, yo, you gotta wanna give your all


Last Song: “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen from Born in the U.S.A. (1984) in honor of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg who turned 64 yesterday.

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Andy (@andytorah)!!

We just sit around talking about the old times,
she says when she feels like crying
she starts laughing thinking about

Who’s the Boss? – Live/1975–85: Disc 3

Who's The Boss? Welcome back, as we wrap up the series premier of the “Who’s the Boss?” – Live/1975–85. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out Disc 1 and Disc 2. So far, this has been a pretty awesome album. Let’s see if it ends strong.

Most of the songs on this disc were played at stadiums – The LA Coliseum and Giants Stadium. The last three were from The Meadowlands Arena. These are some pretty big places. Let’s see if these are pretty big songs.

The River

Recorded September 30, 1985 at the LA Coliseum

Initial thought: This song is listed at over 11:00. But, Bruce is talking for the first 5 minutes about his relationship with his father. The song itself isn’t bad. I am aware of The River album. I was expecting the song to be better, but I could probably warm up to it after a few listens.

Upon further listening: As with previous songs on this album where Bruce did a lot of talking, it took me some getting used to. Although, even from my first listen, I knew he was telling a story to set up the song. I do appreciate it much more now. And I have warmed up to this song more. There are other songs on this album that I like a lot more. However, I feel that way because those other songs are incredible. “The River” is a very good storytelling song.

War

Recorded September 30, 1985 at the LA Coliseum

Initial thought: I love this song! It is a remake of the Edwin Starr classic.

Upon further listening: This is such a perfect song for Bruce. The theme is right in his wheelhouse, and his voice is perfect for this song.

Darlington County

Recorded September 30, 1985 at the LA Coliseum

Initial thought: This is a fun song. I like it a lot. Love “The Big Man” on sax!

Upon further listening: This song just makes you want to get up and dance. Well, in my case that means it makes me want to get up and move around. So, so good!!!

Working On the Highway

Recorded August 19, 1985 at Giants Stadium

Initial thought: This song feels like a throwback a little. It reminds me of “Summertime Blues.” I’m liking this one too.

Upon further listening: Another winner! I love these rockin’ songs!

The Promised Land

Recorded September 30, 1985 at the LA Coliseum

Initial thought: This isn’t bad. It’s not great either.

Upon further listening: I have no idea why I didn’t love this song the first time I heard it. It’s one of my favorites now. One sign of a great song is when you can’t get the song out of your head – and you don’t mind. This one really sticks with me. The lyrics are incredible, and the music is outstanding.

Cover Me


Recorded September 30, 1985 at the LA Coliseum

Initial thought: I kind of remember this song from the Born in the U.S.A. album. I think I prefer this live version. The band sounds awesome.

Upon further listening: I still like this song a lot. You can feel Bruce putting his all into this song.

I’m On Fire

Recorded August 19, 1985 at Giants Stadium

Initial thought: Unfortunately, I’m familiar with this song. I’m sorry, but when somebody says “I’m On Fire,” I expect to hear some screaming. At least this is not as boring as “Streets of Philadelphia,” so there’s that.

Upon further listening: I had never liked this song at all. But, as I said in a recent Top 40 Countdown which featured this song, I have warmed up to it. I have turned a corner on this song, and am liking it more and more.

Bobby Jean

Recorded August 21, 1985 at Giants Stadium

Initial thought: OK, I’m back on board now. I like this song. And it seems like this is one of those songs I would like more the more I listen to it.

Upon further listening: This has now changed to “OK, I’m still on board.” I do like this more and more. The lyrics are really good, and the music is great.

My Hometown

Recorded September 30, 1985 at the LA Coliseum

Initial thought: I love this song!

Upon further listening: Wow, that was an insightful initial thought! I love the music for this song, and once again, tells a great story.

Born to Run

Recorded August 19, 1985 at Giants Stadium

Initial thought: This is one of my all-time favorite Springsteen tunes.

Upon further listening: There’s really not much more I can say about this one. This has always been one of my favorite Springsteen songs. It sounds even better live than on the studio version I’m used to. The band really stands out in this live version.

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Recorded August 20, 1984 at Meadowlands Arena

Initial thought: I think this is my favorite song on this 3rd disc. I love the sax, horns and drums in this one.

Upon further listening: Well, I think “The Promised Land” took over the honors of favorite song on this disc. But, I still love this song. The E Street Band is awesome!!!

No Surrender

Recorded August 6, 1984 at Meadowlands Arena

Initial thought: This is kind of a somber tune. Not bad though.

Upon further listening: Somber means awesome storytelling song. I am loving this song more and more. The opening lyrics are so me:

We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a three minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school

Well, I didn’t really cut classes. But, I did mentally check out of school in those high school days, and did learn life lessons through music.

Jersey Girl

Recorded July 9, 1981 at Meadowlands Arena

Initial thought: Well, this concert album started off with a slow song, and now it’s ending with one. It doesn’t sound like a song he should go out on, but I do like it a lot.

Upon further listening: What a great way to wrap up my introduction to “The Boss”! While a lot of his other slower songs on this album could get dark, this is a nice tender love song. It was originally done by Tom Waits, but Bruce but his own twist on this version

Fun Facts

Fun Facts. Woo-ooo-ooo. Say it proud and Geek Out Loud, it’s fun facts

– The Edwin Starr version of “War” was the #1 hit in the country the day I was born.

– These days, Bruce never plays “Jersey Girl” outside of New Jersey area shows. When Kristin saw last saw him, in Philadelphia, he played this, and she died. Well, maybe not literally died, or she wouldn’t have been able to tell that story. Unless she did really die, and Bruce gave her mouth-to-mouth to revive her. It does sound like he would do anything for his fans, as you will find in this last fun fact…

– A fan met Bruce Springsteen in a cinema at a screening of Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories. The fan asked Bruce to prove that he does not disregard his fans by coming to meet his mom and have dinner. Bruce accepted the invitation and is said to still visit this particular fan’s mother. (Celebrity Fun Facts and I Fear Brooklyn)


Final Thoughts

When the idea to become a Springsteen fan appeared in my crazy mind, I had no idea how much fun this would be! A special thank you goes out to Kristin from Rock Out Loud for taking up this challenge, and guiding me through the steps of becoming a Springsteen fan. She made a perfect choice of an album to start with! We got him at his best, and got quite the variety of songs. Not to mention that this album is technically an ’80s album. I would never have imagined that this would be the album to start with. To say it was a pleasant surprise would be putting it mildly. The first time listening to this album is like trying to take a little sip of water from a fire hose. But, I was able to take it all in, and I enjoy it more and more with each listen. I already knew that the E Street Band was really good. After studying this album, I am truly impressed.
Am I a Springsteen fan yet? Well, one album does not make me an official fan. Besides, what fun would that be? We have plenty of more albums to cover!

Now it is time to move on to the next album. I won’t give away which one it will be yet. I am going to digest this next album, and you will hear all about it in another couple of weeks.

In the meantime, please check out the Rock Out Loud podcast, and show them some love. You will really enjoy Steve and Kristin. The latest episode was outstanding (and not just because they started it by talking some Return to the ’80s, and reading a couple of letters from one of your fellow Return to the ’80s readers)! It was about Women Who Rock, and there is plenty of ’80s rock talk on it, which I know you will love.

And if you like that podcast, you will also enjoy Steve’s other awesome podcasts – Disney Vault Talk (which Steve does with Teresa about Disney animated films, which we all grew up on), Mark Out Loud (a wrestling podcast that Steve does with Dave, and are covering some old school Wrestlemania’s this Wrestlemania season), as well as the flagship show, Geek Out Loud. Steve is such a great host and personality, that it doesn’t matter if he has a guest or is going solo. You will be very entertained, and enjoy this podcast.


I hope you enjoyed this inaugural series of “Who’s The Boss?”. Please leave me your feedback! And please let me know if you are joining me on this journey of learning about Bruce Springsteen.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs yesterday, you can go ahead and check them out. Some of these songs bring back memories. At this time in 1985, I was in the second half of my freshman year of high school. I enjoyed making new friends in high school, but did not do too well in classes. While I was struggling with my studies, there were some awesome songs to lean back on and use as an escape. Let’s enjoy some of this music now, by Returning to the week ending March 9, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Jungle Love” by The Time

How about we start the countdown today with a little funk?!? The Time, led by Morris Day, was a pop-funk band which was put together by Prince. You can definitely hear the influence in this song. Not long after this, Morris Day left, and went on to a solo career. They would reunite and break up several more times over the years. Currently, they are known as The Original 7ven.

29. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen


Oh boy, I’m torn on this song now. Before I started the Springsteen project (a.k.a. “Who’s the Boss?”), I would have said that a song with the word “Fire” in the title needs to have screaming in it.
[Possible Spoiler Alert: This song may or may not be on the Live 1975-85 album I’m reviewing right now. And I may or may not express that sentiment as my initial reaction on said review]
But, as I become a Springsteen student, I am beginning to like this song more each time I listen to it. I may not be on fire about this song, but I am warming up to it. What can I say? I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

28. “Nightshift” by the Commodores

With this song, the Commodores finally showed that it may be possible to move on without Lionel Richie. It was their first hit after Richie went solo. “Nightshift” was written by the lead singer at that time, Walter Orange, (along with with Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde). It was a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, who both died in 1984. The Commodores won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group for this song.

27. “Somebody” by Bryan Adams

Great song from the classic album Reckless. This song topped the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

26. “Solid” by Ashford & Simpson

The husband and wife songwriting-production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson had their biggest hit, as performers, with this song. It would go on to peak at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

25. “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger

I don’t usually like Mick Jagger’s solo stuff, but this is a good song. It was the first single released from Jagger’s debut solo album, She’s the Boss.

24. “Keepin’ the Faith” by Billy Joel

A year and a half after Billy Joel’s An Innocent Man album was released, he was still scoring some hits off of it. This would be the last single released from that album. This is a nice, fun song.

23. “Naughty Naughty” by John Parr

What a great rocking song! This was John Parr’s first hit in the U.S. In 1985, he and his band, The Business, toured with Toto. At the end of the tour, he was approached by super-producer David Foster, who requested Parr to record a song for the film “St. Elmo’s Fire“. And the rest is history.

22. “High On You” by Survivor

This hit came off of one of my favorite albums of the ’80s – Vital Signs. This wasn’t my favorite song from the album though. I feel that this song did get overplayed. But, years removed, I do enjoy hearing this once in a while.

21. “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran

We wrap up the countdown today with an interesting song. “Save a Prayer” was released in the U.K. in August of 1982 from the album, Rio. It had not been released in the U.S. as a single. The video did get play on MTV, though. Then in 1985, a special U.S. version of the song was cut with the live version from the Arena album on the flip side. This live version hit the charts, and climbed all the way up to #16.


Well, that’s the end of the countdown for today. I hope you’re enjoying this week’s songs so far. They are just going to keep on getting better! So, please come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Who’s the Boss? – Live/1975–85: Disc 1

Who's The Boss? Hi Everybody, welcome to the first album of the “Who’s the Boss?” series. On my quest to become a Springsteen fan, as I mentioned in the introductory article, Rock Out Loud’s Kristin suggested that I begin with the album Live/1975–85. There were several reasons for this. Among them are the fact that Bruce Springsteen has a reputation for putting on incredible live shows. Also, this album is a collection of tunes from several of his earlier albums. So, we get a little taste of everything. It also works out in that this album was released in the ’80s. We will be delving into pre and post ’80s albums. But this is a great place to start.
Since Live/1975–85 consists of 3 discs, this premiere album will be split up into 3 parts. So, let’s begin.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band released the 40-track box set Live 1975/85 on November 10th, 1986. The set either consisted of 5 records (ahhh, vinyl), 3 cassettes, or 3 cd’s. This album is not from one particular concert. These tracks span through several concerts. For each song, I will list the date and venue from which it came. Live 1975/85 became the first album since Stevie Wonder‘s 1976 set Songs In The Key Of Life to debut at Number One. This album is the second-best-selling live album in U.S. history, going 13x platinum. It only trails Garth Brooks’ Double Live, which is 21x platinum.

I can’t remember what I did 5 minutes ago. But, I do remember seeing this album in the store for the first time. It was the first box set I had ever seen. I didn’t have a job yet, so I didn’t have the money to buy a box set like that. But now, with the click of a button, this album is mine!

Now let’s play this thing! You can click on the song title if you want to listen to the song on YouTube.

Thunder Road

Recorded October 18, 1975 at The Roxy Theatre
Initial thought: I knew the title, but not the song. Usually, a concert starts out rocking. This is more intimate. It’s a different approach, and I like it! I like the song too. Good start!

Upon further listening: I already liked this song right from the start. I like it more and more with each listen. This Springsteen dude might make it big someday!

Adam Raised a Cain

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: This song has a bluesy sound to it. It rocks a little too, especially during the chorus. I love the guitar in this. Bruce has the perfect voice for the Blues. 2 for 2 so far!

Upon further listening: During my Springsteen education, I have learned that Bruce and his dad had a tumultuous relationship. With that knowledge, the lyrics are a lot more powerful.

Spirit In the Night

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: Another Rock ‘n’ Blues song. While the last song was more guitar heavy, this one is more keyboards and sax heavy. I like this one too. I’m not sure if there is a studio version of this song, but it seems like this would be a much better live song than a studio song.

Upon further listening: This one didn’t get any better, or any worse for me. I still think this is a cool live song.

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

Recorded December 31, 1980 at Nassau Coliseum

Initial thought: OK, I have a new favorite Bruce Springsteen song, and this is it! At the beginning of the song, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. But by the time he hit the first chorus, I was hooked!

Upon further listening: Still love it!!! It is in regular rotation on my iPod.

Paradise By the “C”

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: Well, I suppose since Springsteen’s concerts are like 20 hours long, that he needs to rest his voice for a few minutes. I like how this brings the E Street Band to the forefront.

Upon further listening: I really love this band. And I believe everybody gets showcased here.

Fire

Recorded December 16, 1978 at the Winterland. The short spoken intro is from July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: It might take me a few more listens to like this song. It’s not bad. But, if you’re doing something else while it’s on, you forget that it’s playing.

Upon further listening: I totally forgot that this was a Pointer Sisters song. I love the Pointers, and their version of this song is on my iPod. Now this is coming back to me. I do like this song a lot more now too. This is another one that just keeps getting better and better.

Growin’ Up

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: Nice recovery. I like this song a lot. Clarence Clemons rocks! Wait a minute. Where did the music go, and what is this yapping?! Oh my God, shut up already!! Can’t Clarence jump back in? OK, after four long painful minutes this song is finally rocking again. I would have absolutely loved this song if the four minutes in the middle were cut out.

Upon further listening: This is one of the first things that Kristin schooled me on. Apparently, Bruce is known for talking in his shows. It is all part of his storytelling. That helps a little. It seems like this would be better to see live than just listening on my headphones. That’s no a knock. Seeing him do this in person would make it feel like he’s connecting to his audience on a more personal level. I appreciate this more now, thanks to Kristin. If there is a studio version of this song, I’m sure I will love it.

It’s Hard to Be a Saint In the City

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: This song is rockin’! I like it! Especially the guitar towards the end.

Upon further listening: I love this one! So, so good!

Backstreets

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: I’m really liking the piano at the beginning. This is a pretty epic song. We have a winner here. It didn’t seem like a seven minute song.

Upon further listening: This is another song that I liked from the first time I heard it, and it just keeps getting better.

Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: Like “Thunder Road”, I had heard of this song, but don’t ever remember listening to it. OK, this is a really good one too.

Upon further listening: This is a great, fun, upbeat song! What’s not fun about getting a girl you like to come out with you, even though her parents disapprove?! There’s nothing like forbidden love!

Raise Your Hand

Recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre

Initial thought: This is a good bar song. I think I would rather listen to “Raise Your Hands” from Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. This isn’t bad though. Oh dear God! There is just over 2 minutes left in the song and he’s yapping again!  I liked the song. That was a fun one.

Upon further listening: This is another winner. I really like this one too.  The part of the song where he is talking, he is getting the crowd into the song even more.

Hungry Heart

Recorded December 28, 1980 at Nassau Coliseum

Initial thought: Finally a song I know! I always liked this one a lot. It does sound good live.

Upon further listening: I always liked this song a lot, and it is great live. Outstanding!

Two Hearts

Recorded July 8, 1981 at Meadowlands Arena

Initial thought: I had never heard this song before. I love it! Great way to end the first disc. Max Weinberg is awesome on drums!

Upon further listening: I still love this one. It really puts me in a good mood.

Fun Facts

Fun Facts. Woo-ooo-ooo. Say it proud and Geek Out Loud, it’s fun facts

– Now I have an idea to why I took an instant liking to “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).” Long time readers may know that Kiss Unmasked was one of the first albums I ever owned. There was a ballad called “Shandi” on that album. Well, according to KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, “Shandi” was inspired by the Hollies cover of “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

And special thanks to Kristin for providing the rest of these fun facts:

– Last week, one of the fun facts was that the first song Bruce learned to play on guitar is “Twist and Shout.” In relation to that, the night John Lennon was murdered (December 8, 1980), Springsteen was playing in nearby Philadelphia. He also played another show in the same place the next night, and addressed the tragedy – “It’s a hard night to come out and play, but there’s just nothing else you can do.”

– Bruce won’t have an opening band because he was actually booed (not BRUUUUUUCED) as an opening act, and he said he never wanted to put another band in a position like that.

– Bruce’s only #1 single is not sung by him… Manfred Mann’s cover of “Blinded By The Light


I hope you enjoyed this installment of Who’s the Boss?. We’ll be back with disc 2 next Monday. Please leave your thoughts and/or Bruce Springsteen memories you may have.

Remember That Song: 9/25/14

Can you name the artist and song:

And then she lost her mind and did the ultimate
I asked her for Adidas and she bought me Zips


Last Song: “Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen from The River (1980)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!!

Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

Remember That Song – 7/7/14

Can you name the artist and song:

With all the power you’re releasing
It isn’t safe to walk the city streets alone
Anticipation is running through me
Let’s find the keys and turn this engine on


Last Song: “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen from the Born in the USA album (1984)

Great job Jim!!

You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up