― Patrick, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Omar, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
I can't get worked up and annoyed about Bruce in the way I can about
some other rockers. He has an ear for a great line (the opening
of "Hungry Heart" for instance) and I can forgive him a lot for that.
He doesn't resonate with me and like the Replacements I think that's
a cultural thing.
I also - and this is totally subjective - never get the impression
Bruce ever thinks he's particularly cool. Which is not something I
can say of most other 'real rock'n'roller' types, mainstream or
― Tom, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
File under yet to be discovered. I was listening to an apologetic defence of his
work from Sean Rowley on the radio the other day, and it got me wondering
again. People of my generation's first real exposure to him was the 'Born in
the USA' air-punching era and that obviously wasn't likely to engender much
interest. Yes, I know it was all ironic.
What I have heard of his 70's stuff sounds like I might grow to love it. That
midwest blue-collar world his songs inhabit seems harder to relate to than
any other, but even in 1988, I had the feeling Paddy McAloon was missing the
point with the song 'Cars & Girls'.
At the moment, I'm afraid the song of his I like best is a 90s one - 'If I Should
Fall Behind', which I only know from the Grant McLellan cover version.
Badly Drawn Boy is a Springsteen obsessive, which I thought was quite cute.
― Nick, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― matthew stevens, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Simon, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
And yes, Tom, he's got a very good ear for a line.
― Ally, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
I heard the version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" when I was
young and that is pretty spiff, I freely agree. Circa 1984, liking El
Bruce was unsurprising for me as that was a pretty damn good radio
year -- Chuck Eddy specifically called it as such in _Stairway to
Hell_, and he was goddamn right. Thus liking all that stuff he made
was a matter of course alongside all those singles from _Purple Rain_
and _Like A Virgin_ and etc.
Time went on and I proceeded to not care. I never cared enough to buy
an album anyway, and the 'classic early singles' only made sense in my
classic rock phase, which lasted about nine months in senior year.
Then I ended up in LA and encountered the first of Robert Hilburn's
345,234,843 printed sermons on How Bruce Springsteen Heals the Sick,
Raises the Dead and Means More to Human Existence Than the Combined
Efforts of Louis Pasteur, Billie Holiday and Charles Schulz. I
encountered other blowhards. The music touched me with the impact of
a dying flea. A roommate was obsessed with him to the point of near
mania. I cried.
Frankly, the Walkabouts any day of the goddamn week, month, year,
decade, century, etc. If the relative fame levels were reversed, I
would cling to this assumption with even more deep, abiding passion
because then I would have The People on my side. Even alone, though,
it's comfy. And Frankie Goes to Hollywood's version of "Born to Run"
is my fave.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Sterling Clover, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
i actually liked born_in_the_u.s.a when it came out at age 7, but
later, i found it to be an obstacle in getting to love bruce, and i'm
sure there are a ton of artists out there whose work at that time has
kept people away from them.
as sterling said, it's funny what driving a car can do, especially
when it's another dark and lonely night out on an empty anonymous new
jersey highway and "born to run" comes on the highway. but i've been there, so i'll move on.
you can get by on the first five or so albums on the music and
production alone -- unless of course you hate phil spector and are,
therefore, destined to spend eternity in hell -- and the later stuff
will stick if you find something in the lyrics that rings far too
true. sure, he mines the same territory in a lot of his songs, but so
do belle & sebastian and so did the smiths; except the kids in
bruce's songs could kick the ass of their counterparts in the
ned, i think you have the same problem as tom: it's a cultural
― fred from new jersey, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
It's not a cultural thing; I mean for god's sake Motorcycle Emptiness
might as well be Bruce Springsteen on a literacy trip in terms of
subject, and I know Tom likes the song, and I believe Ned does too.
Whether that particular statement was tongue in cheek or not, it's a
tired excuse and reasoning, one usually used by the saddest of Bruce
Springsteen fans, the ones who "identify" with his sentiments,
seemingly losing track of the fact that BRUCE'S CHARACTERS NEVER
ACTUALLY MAKE IT OUT. Some positive role models to rock out to.
The thing is, I think it's the voice and the earnestness, which was
already said. The stylistic values of it....the basic cultural and
escape sentiments, lyrically, of Motorcycle Emptiness and Born to Run
might be very similar in tone, but the style and vocalisings are
entirely, 100% different. Bruce has a very sarcastic bent, a very
dark bent, lyrically, but his style of music softens the blow and
sometimes people just don't like it.
And those people are wrong, incidentally :P
― Ally, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
Nebraska is half good but doesn't deserve the plaudits it gets as the
Springsteen album it's cool to like.
The rest is pretty much DUD.
― alex thomson, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
Nevermind that Born in the USA was my first record not meant to
be played on the Fisher Price record player (with the STEEL
Nevermind the fact that Born to Run is one of the best driving
albums ever when your top is down and it's summer and the
road between Ventura and home stretches out and empty at
night with no cops...
Nevermind he has out Dylan-ed Dylan
Nevermind that he can outrage The Man as he pushes the dark
side of life. (41 Shots)
Nevermind the line "The record company Rosie, JUST GAVE ME
A BIG ADVANCE!"
Nevermind the Live box set, reminding us just how powerful he
Nevermind Time and Newsweek
Nevermind The cover of Jersey Girl
Nevermind the MTV Unplugged set where he scrapped the entire
notion of an acoustic show and just plugged in and tore down
Nevermind everyone on this list who called him a dud.
― JM, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
well, Bruce isn't *that* bad! ;)
― Omar, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
La Bruce just collectively calls to my mind a stunted bastard vision of
music that presumes he was the sole carrier of the 'spirit of rock and
roll truth' that the Beatles and Stones 'started' in the sixties. A
CLAIM I HAVE ENCOUNTERED MORE THAN ONCE, though thankfully not here,
and happily never from the man's own lips either, at least to my
knowledge. Without that rhetoric I would just shrug and ignore him for
somebody more interesting, but with it, frankly, he becomes a very very
useful target to kick against. Perhaps only a straw man, but one I
wouldn't mind seeing go up in flames.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
The boy has fallen off of late, but... I'm reminded of the Bangs
article where he describes how he dismissed this Maoist band as
sounding like Bruce, and the band replied "oh, good, the working
class like that stuff" or something of the sort, and I'm reading this
thinking -- no. no. no. The correct answer is "oh, good. Bruce
What I appreciate about Bruce is how he can capture the majesty of a
major chord. How so many of his songs have the same progression, but
you don't realize it 'till you try to play 'em yourself. How he can
take gospel music and write it to a girl instead. And yes, more of
them damn anthems.
I mean.. I know that anthems aren't an alien concept to the
UK -- after all, The Who were full of them. But maybe British anthems
are a different type a "get off of my cloud" or "sod off" type, more
cynical and pissy than dreamy and wide-eyed. Maybe this is, after
all, because America is The Big Country, The Great Bitch, et cet.
Maybe to get America you have to get just how there's always
somewhere you might go, maybe.
Along these lines, "Not Fade Away" which is a novel by Jim Dodge is a
great rock road story, sort of like the lighter side of Richard
Hell's "Go Now" or the more earnest(?) side of Bruce
McCullough's "Doors Fan" sketch (on his album, Shame-Based
Man). Yes. Get that spirit of the open highway.
― Sterling Clover, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Michael Daddino, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Mark Richardson, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
I will say, though, that I do lack a car and have never had one. That
might serve as a better explanation. ;-)
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Patrick, Monday, 26 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
I wish I wasn't misinterpreting.
― Otis Wheeler, Monday, 26 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Ally, Tuesday, 27 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
Inspirational in some ways. I have often felt that England needed a
Springsteen, albeit not just a a copycat 'rocker'; I mean, someone who
would write about all the lost and found small-town lives. But to be
fair, I suppose there is already a UK tradition here: the probably
Jarvis Cocker is a case in point.
― the pinefox, Wednesday, 28 February 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Robin Carmody, Friday, 2 March 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― Michael Bourke, Sunday, 4 March 2001 01:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
1. they don't understand that he's actually not as "pro-america" as
they might think he is
2. they don't have as close a connection to "old school" code (which
includes "old school" rock)
3. they are mostly college kids on their way up to some office job or
whatever that is removed (if not far removed) from the "underworld"
(the "blue collar" or "real" world) to get the lyrical sentiments
4. well, and...sometimes people just don't like something 'cause they
just don't like it
I, however, do not apply to any of those 4. For I actually do "get"
some of the appeal of Bruce (albeit, it took my until my mid or late
twenties to get there). Sure, his overly sentimental (downright
broadway or maudlin) look at the working class can be a bit (or a
bunch) too much. And sure, his music can be too simple and/or too
derivitive. But, that's a part of the whole. Familiarity in both music
and lyrics, is a large part of the appeal of his stuff (and those like
him, ala Mellencamp, etc). He just had the concept to put nearly a
whole career on the working class/blue collar life like no other has
(not in such a wide reaching broad sense, at least - other than
Mellencamp, but Bruce did it a bit better and first).
Having said all that, 'Nebraska' and 'Ghost of Tom Joad' are the only
two full albums that I would declare anywhere near a "classic" state
of existence (with 'Nebraska' being the one clear-cut vote). Many of
the rest of his 70's and 80's albums have some good solid worthy
singles on them, but. I can't go so far as to get 'The River' (for
example) anywhere near a "classic" nod. That one, in particular, I
find to be overrated (though still having the wonderful track "Stolen
Car" and the title track deserving of 'Nebraska'-like attention).
― michael g. breece, Sunday, 1 July 2001 00:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
Anyways, I forgot to mention to huge (to the point of shadowing)
element as to one of the why's (or why not's) of enjoy/appreciating
Bruce. Which is: DRIVING. Cars and driving is such a central and/or
reoccuring figure/subject in his work that...I can't believe I forgot
to touch upon that (only after reading some of the others posts, darn
it). But yea, I do LOVE to drive. Which also helps to explain the
appeal of Springsteen (to me, at least).
*By the way, I do own that McCulloch album 'Shame Based Man'
and...love it (some really funny stuff and one of the very rare
comedy albums worthy of many plays - if not it's own discussion here
on "I Love Music"...anyone?). Every single one of my girlfriends (one
present, others past) hated it. "And if (after torching the stolen
car) you can still hear the Doors playing...then you have become...a
DOORS...FAN!" I'm not a Doors fan, however.
― michael g. breece, Monday, 2 July 2001 00:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
― the pinefox, Monday, 2 July 2001 00:00 (14 years ago) Permalink
I hadn't listened to this record in a couple of years, but god, it
still sounded great. Actually, I kept getting shivers down my spine
when it was playing and it had me close to tears a few times (mostly
on "Thunder Road" and "Backstreets.") Listening to this today finally
settled an ILM debate for me: Music can never affect me quite as much
now as it did when I was a teenager. No record I've heard in the last
few years, including Loveless, has had as much affect on me as
Born to Run did this morning, and I know it's not just
because Born to Run is such a great album. This is a record
that got to me when I was young and emotionally vulnerable in a way
that I'm not anymore, at the age of 32. I still feel music very
deeply and appreciate and enjoy a wider range of music than ever, but
music doesn’t completely overpower me the way it did when I was 15.
Springsteen is still a big classic, by the way, despite all the
incredibly corny lines on Born to Run.
― Mark, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― DeRayMi, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:18 (13 years ago) Permalink
"candy's room" is the grebtest song ever written about being in love w. a prostitute when you sound a bit like david bowie
― mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:22 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:25 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:29 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:31 (13 years ago) Permalink
Is this a new genre? Cos that'd be fucking incredible.
I still love Bruce Springsteen. Put on Rosalita and you will see me go insane.
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:01 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:23 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:24 (13 years ago) Permalink
― sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:24 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:34 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:39 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 05:21 (13 years ago) Permalink
― alext (alext), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 11:58 (13 years ago) Permalink
xpost Winterland is not legit released yet, don't know where you saw that. Agora/Cleveland is the only '78 show he's selling right now.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 21:47 (10 months ago) Permalink
oh man that agora show is unbelievable and I'm not even the world's hugest springsteen dude.
― tylerw, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 21:55 (10 months ago) Permalink
Winterland is not legit released yet, don't know where you saw that
Oh yeah you're right, I was looking at this and assumed it was official as it is being sold on Amazon but on closer inspection it is a bootleg:
Since when did Amazon start dealing in bootlegs, by the way? Or is this some kind of grey area thing like the two I linked above?
― you've got no fans you've got no ground (anagram), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 22:06 (10 months ago) Permalink
I will say, regardless, that anyone who has never heard the Cleveland show will be absolutely agast and baffled that it was never released in any form before now.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 23:45 (10 months ago) Permalink
― difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 23:46 (10 months ago) Permalink
yeah it is maybe the only springsteen anyone needs! ok, maybe not... don't attack me springsteen stans! bootlegs are always popping up on amazon these days, which does seem weird -- not sure if it has to do w/ copyright loopholes. or it's just illegal!
― tylerw, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 23:48 (10 months ago) Permalink
I think the loophole is that it's a radio broadcast. So, technically/theoretically, whoever owns the broadcast recording (like the radio station) can maybe-not-entirely-illegally release it, or at least license it for release (in Europe, at least).
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 23:52 (10 months ago) Permalink
tyler otm imo, it's pretty definitive
like if you only have one, this is the one to have
― difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 23:53 (10 months ago) Permalink
though it is also crazy that the agora show was the *norm* for 1978 (at least the recordings I've heard suggest this). dude was operating on a whole other level.
― tylerw, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 23:57 (10 months ago) Permalink
― difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:02 (10 months ago) Permalink
Yeah, I don't think there is a single Springsteen show up through the breakup of the E Street Band that could be considered less than great, actually. He was famously grouchy during his I think No Nukes festival set, but it's a killer set, still, and I can't think of any of date he's ever played sick or less than 110%. The Tunnel of Love tour was a pretty set setlist, for once, but those shows were also great. Even post reunion there have been no real stinkers. He's a force of nature, really.
Hope they release Winterland, and Roxy. At least as far as 1978 goes. River and BitUSA, the band is still strong, but 78 is his peak. It's no small wonder that he just managed to stretch that peak for 10 more years of touring.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 02:37 (10 months ago) Permalink
Wow, he just released the 1980 New Year's Eve Nassau show! This is one of my favorite things ever.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:17 (7 months ago) Permalink
There's people, sir, that'll try to put you down...
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 29 May 2015 15:09 (5 months ago) Permalink
Roger is only maybe 5 years older than Bruce, but when Bruce hangs with people of that era he seems like such a kid.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 29 May 2015 16:00 (5 months ago) Permalink
Kinda late with this, but last week Columbia dropped individual editions of the remasters from the box. So if (like me) you've been holding out...
― Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 25 June 2015 20:38 (5 months ago) Permalink
I listen a lot to the E Street satellite channel. Came across the Dave Marsh show and man does he suck. Rhetorically wondered why "hipsters" gravitated towards "Nebraska" (he stupidly suggested lack of drums!), then wondered if that album was the only Bruce disc without "a happy ending."/As if BitUSA " Darkness" or Tunnel end on an up note.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 25 June 2015 21:23 (5 months ago) Permalink
Well, maybe Tunnel is ambiguous, but The River sure ends bleak.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 25 June 2015 21:26 (5 months ago) Permalink
So Tunnel of Love has yet to get the remastered treatment, correct? Thought I read that it was in that group that was getting remastered, but maybe not. I can't wait to replace my old crappy-sounding River and BitUSA CDs. Are these remasters 2009 Beatles good?
― Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Friday, 3 July 2015 21:57 (4 months ago) Permalink
are the remasters available on CD or just iTunes?
― wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 3 July 2015 23:24 (4 months ago) Permalink
marsh probably means it's the only bruce album that is pretty devoid of lighthearted/upbeat moments. which is mostly true. IIRC christgau said that the unrelentingly bleak worldview of 'nebraska' was more 'left-correct'
that said, i'm not really defending marsh. lord knows using the word 'hipsters' in order to work up a straw man is one of the most unnecessary and lazy things a critic can do.
― wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 3 July 2015 23:26 (4 months ago) Permalink
XP CD--They just broke up that box set from last year. (See my revive upthread).
― Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 3 July 2015 23:49 (4 months ago) Permalink
Although I notice now I wasn't specific about format then.
― Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 3 July 2015 23:50 (4 months ago) Permalink
The Bruce remasters sound great, even Nebraska.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 4 July 2015 01:16 (4 months ago) Permalink
"nebraska remastered" has some nice assonance going on
― wizzz! (amateurist), Saturday, 4 July 2015 16:56 (4 months ago) Permalink
Live/1975-85 is still insanely good after all these years. The album remasters sound great, but I still find myself gravitating to the live set more than anything (and I still find myself choking up at the prelude to "The River").
― Sam Weller, Monday, 6 July 2015 09:29 (4 months ago) Permalink
Get one of the awesome shows he's selling, like River tour 1980 or the 1978. Live box was edited and fussed with. Still great tho.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 6 July 2015 10:56 (4 months ago) Permalink
Well, I do also love the "true" shows, like the famous Agora one. But edited and fussed with is what makes the boxed set great imo! I'm a sucker for added-in audience noise and the like, if it serves a narrative purpose...
― Sam Weller, Monday, 6 July 2015 11:14 (4 months ago) Permalink
Yeah I have the Winterland and Nassau boots but I'd much rather listen to the live box.
― anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Monday, 6 July 2015 11:36 (4 months ago) Permalink
Wow, been a while, Bruce:
Taken in tandem with the Brian Wilson cameo a week or two back, it's nice to see Bruce stage-crashing with some regularity again.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:51 (4 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Monday, 20 July 2015 04:16 (4 months ago) Permalink
This mess could go in a million threads, but I love the look on Bruce's face when he's sharing the mic with Mick Jagger and George Harrison, with Dylan chugging away on guitar behind him. Especially when he forgets the words.
Can only imagine the drugs coursing through almost everyone.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 August 2015 14:41 (3 months ago) Permalink
River box set on it's way.
― MaresNest, Friday, 16 October 2015 11:43 (1 month ago) Permalink
Already mentioned this on the dedicated River thread, but it's good to have it here as well.
― schlep and back trio (anagram), Friday, 16 October 2015 11:46 (1 month ago) Permalink
Ooops, I did do a search, guess I used the wrong terms, apologies!
― MaresNest, Friday, 16 October 2015 11:48 (1 month ago) Permalink
Kind of a disappointing set. It's a shame the pacing is so off these releases, since buying this means getting another copy of the just remastered "River," which is two of the "four" CDs. The "single" version of the album was really great as a bootleg called "The Ties That Bind." The outtakes, half are previously released, a lot of the odds and ends are on "Tracks" already, or the "Essential" set. I think 10 of the songs here have never been heard by anyone, though, which is exciting.
As for the DVDs ... eh. The docs have been good, but nothing essential to own. Having a show is cool, but I sort of wish we got a few more sets added to the live archive series instead.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 October 2015 14:41 (1 month ago) Permalink
I do kind of hope he does this with Nebraska. That and BitUSA have the most potential, given what has (or has not) been released so far.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 October 2015 14:42 (1 month ago) Permalink
I could see a combo BITUSA/Nebraska set, since they were recorded around the same time (and there's hella overlap in the demos).
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 16 October 2015 14:48 (1 month ago) Permalink
is there going to be a cheaper version of this River set (ie w/ the single disc river + the outtakes disc)? i might be into that ... too many expensive box sets this season.
― tylerw, Friday, 16 October 2015 14:49 (1 month ago) Permalink
And no one has ever heard the electric Nebraska. But as the demo version of the song BitUSA shows, that era's demos can be revelatory. Like, check this spooky Nebraska-Pink Cadillac:
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 October 2015 14:53 (1 month ago) Permalink
Speaking of a potential future BitUSA box, "Frankie" was one of those tracks that he recorded several times, for Darkness, for The River and for BitUSA. The song never ended up on an album, though it did find its way to "Tracks." However, I never liked that version because I've long loved this epic version from the BitUSA sessions, one that has this real magic to it:
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 25 October 2015 23:31 (1 month ago) Permalink
Not Bruce-specificalky but I finally got to see Nils Lofgren solo @ Bridge Benefit last night and he was everything I had hoped for
Had no idea he was playing piano for Neil Young at 18, holy fuck what a career
― Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 October 2015 01:47 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
I have a relative who is close friends with Nils and I got to meet him once. Such a nice guy with an amazing career. The one thing he said that I found particularly impressive is that he's left handed, but he taught himself to play righty just so he wouldn't miss out on any spontaneous jam opportunities.
He said he's played with just about everybody at one point or another and a lot of that wouldn't have ever happened if he couldn't play righty.
― kornrulez6969, Monday, 26 October 2015 04:27 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
He might be the single most talented underutilized working guitarist. Love Springsteen, but Nils is pretty much wasted in the E Street Band.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 26 October 2015 13:22 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Sure, but it's one heck of a reliable damn paycheck.
― Sam Weller, Monday, 26 October 2015 13:32 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Well, yeah. They're bound for life at this point. Just saying, he's really good, which is totally unnecessary in the band. In Neil Young's band, too, more or less - Nils has told stories about playing with ankle weights to stop him from moving around so much on stage with Neil.
Nils' play the blues soloing so good on this:
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 26 October 2015 13:52 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
ooh yeah that's great soloing!
― niels, Monday, 26 October 2015 15:44 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Maybe he tells this story all the time, idk, but I dug it:
When he was working on After The Gold Rush he was there as a guiarist. Neil asked him to play piano and he told Neil "I don't really know how." Neilwas like, "Dude you've been playing accordion since you were 5, of course you can!" And the accordion playing informed the tempo of his piano part on Southern Man
― Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 October 2015 16:25 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
I really like Nils' self titled album from 1975 a lot. Just a really solid 70s rock record.
― brimstead, Monday, 26 October 2015 17:52 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Nils is pretty much wasted in the E Street Band.
to some extent, every guitarist who isn't bruce is pretty much wasted in the e street band. but if i were bruce, i'd happily pay nils to stand around doing nothing for three or so hours a night just so i'd know he'd be there whenever "because the night" came around.
― fact checking cuz, Monday, 26 October 2015 18:21 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 26 October 2015 18:44 (4 weeks ago) Permalink