― Patrick, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Omar, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
― matthew stevens, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Simon, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
And yes, Tom, he's got a very good ear for a line.
― Ally, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Sterling Clover, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
well, Bruce isn't *that* bad! ;)
― Omar, Saturday, 24 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Michael Daddino, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Mark Richardson, Sunday, 25 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Patrick, Monday, 26 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
I wish I wasn't misinterpreting.
― Otis Wheeler, Monday, 26 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Ally, Tuesday, 27 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Robin Carmody, Friday, 2 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
― Michael Bourke, Sunday, 4 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty-one years ago) link
― the pinefox, Monday, 2 July 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link
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 (twenty years ago) link
― DeRayMi, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:18 (nineteen years ago) link
"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 (nineteen years ago) link
― Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:25 (nineteen years ago) link
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:29 (nineteen years ago) link
― Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:31 (nineteen years ago) link
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 (nineteen years ago) link
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:23 (nineteen years ago) link
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:24 (nineteen years ago) link
― sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:24 (nineteen years ago) link
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:34 (nineteen years ago) link
― Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 03:39 (nineteen years ago) link
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 05:21 (nineteen years ago) link
― alext (alext), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 11:58 (nineteen years ago) link
― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 11 April 2022 19:54 (two months ago) link
Bruce-related writing prompt
what exactly are the roles of the two very good lead guitar players who've spent the better part of their lives in the backing band for a guy who's a pretty great lead guitarist on his own and seems to take most of the leads himself? how (and why) are parts divided among the three?
― fact checking cuz, Monday, 11 April 2022 20:33 (two months ago) link
(my favorite non-bruce e street live lead: nils on "because the night")
― fact checking cuz, Monday, 11 April 2022 20:34 (two months ago) link
fact checking cuz, you've neatly located the area of Springsteen's work that I have zero idea how to talk about, but I'd love to know the answer if anyone has it.
tbh, I really don't like the guitar solo on "Because the Night." Not the solo itself, exactly, more the fact that it exists. Every time Bruce writes one of his "please have sex with me because I am sad" songs, he slaps a big old showboating guitar solo on it to remind you that he's still a dude, and sometimes that works for me but in "Because the Night" it always takes me out of the song. There he is, undercutting traditional gender roles and ideas about working-class masculinity, showing us a blue-collar worker who is stressed and vulnerable and in need of refuge, and then he takes a three-minute break in the middle of the song for a guitar solo that is none of those things. I don't like it, even when it's Nils doing the playing. It feels like a cop-out.
― Lily Dale, Monday, 11 April 2022 20:58 (two months ago) link
Because the Night is both my least favorite Bruce song AND my least favorite Patti song. It isn't quite my least favorite Natalie Merchant/10K Maniacs song, but that's only because I haven't thought enough about them to decide on a least favorite.
My philosophy is that sex is a metaphor for connection. So a song about longing for sex is a song about longing for connection, which means that a song that explicitly asks for sex is fundamentally about loneliness.
The relationship songs that reach the most profundity are the ones where the relationship is already established, and the participants are trying to work out how to manage it or process its meaning. Hence "One Step Up," "Brilliant Disguise," plus some verses of "My Home Town," "Thunder Road," "The Rising."
― So's your imam (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:31 (two months ago) link
i am going to need a minute i feel winded the solo on “because the night” is fucking greatlike you cannot go from that huge chorus into some lowkey noodly feelingsy type shit it HAS to go to that type of solo because regardless of gender roles & whatever garnish he’s putting over in the lyrics the bottom line (dare i spell it out) is that he is ~horny~ & this is a ~rock song~ and they are gonna ~do it~ that’s what the solo is for!! sorry but thats just facts
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:54 (two months ago) link
That song’s BS, anyway…. we all know the night belongs to Michelob.
― begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 04:24 (two months ago) link
the solo on “because the night” is fucking great
haha yes i obviously agree. it sounds especially free to me when they do it live. like it could go off the rails at any moment in a way that bruce/e st solos rarely do.
tbh, I really don't like the guitar solo on "Because the Night"
but i'm intrigued by lily's take, which is from an angle i've never thought about! it would be far from alone in the bruce oeuvre as a song where the words and music are in some sort of conflict with each other, but usually that's a conscious choice, the one providing an emotional counterpoint to the other. i never noticed that conflict in "because the night." i've always had the same basic reading as vg -- horny song, horny solo, voila! but could there be two mismatched impulses here? an unintended, revealing conflict? and/or maybe the gtr solo *is* the refuge you're referring to, lily? i don't know. i kind of feel i want to sit with this idea for a minute.
― fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 06:56 (two months ago) link
I love 'one step up', so much.
― the pinefox, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 10:13 (two months ago) link
― Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 10:47 (two months ago) link
New compilation coming from Ace Records in the UK:
Part of the inspiration for this compilation came from me going to see the all-female Bruce tribute act the She Street Band at the Clapham Grand in 2019 and experiencing how these songs, which I had known all my life, took on another perspective when seen through the filter of a female protagonist.
What the tracks on this collection do is allow the singer to own the essence of the song and claim it as theirs. Anna Calvi is the driver of the car in ‘Fire’, it’s Moa Holmsten’s hand that slips up the woman’s skirt on ‘Highway 29’, and Emmylou Harris totally owns the dreamscape anxiety of ‘My Father’s House’.
― birdistheword, Thursday, 14 April 2022 15:38 (two months ago) link
Here's to good friendsThe night is kind of special
― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 14 April 2022 15:40 (two months ago) link
The beer we pourMust say something more
― Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 April 2022 16:02 (two months ago) link
― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 14 April 2022 16:26 (two months ago) link
Low key obsessed with the Hammersmith Odeon version of his Detroit Medley. Better than coffee
― that's not my post, Sunday, 22 May 2022 04:38 (one month ago) link
How has no-one else posted about THIS
― joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 27 May 2022 15:03 (one month ago) link
Oh yeah European tour
― curmudgeon, Monday, 30 May 2022 03:59 (one month ago) link
part of me is like YESSS us tour next year wahoo the other part of me is like WE MUST PROTECT BRUCE AT ALL COSTS HE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT BE TOURING
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 30 May 2022 05:02 (one month ago) link
Tempted to try to buy a ticket to see him in Hamburg as I haven't been to Europe in five years and have friends I'd like to visit. Feels like a risky plan to make this far in advance, though - who knows what things will be like next summer?
― Lily Dale, Monday, 30 May 2022 14:29 (one month ago) link
you can always unload the show ticket(s).. just book the travel and stuff a lot closer to the datewhen do the North American dates come out?
― maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 30 May 2022 14:31 (one month ago) link
They said US dates will begin in February, iirc, and then resume after the European dates (which I think have already been expanded a little beyond the ones listed). Might try to see him with a friend in Sweden. All I know is that the last tour, back in 2016, was the first time he seemed a little older and slower to me, and of course it's been six years since then. I have no idea how he (and his voice!) will hold up, but I'm hoping for the best. Then again, he sounded pretty good at that Steve Earle benefit a few months ago, and of course he sounds great on "Letter to Me."
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 30 May 2022 15:20 (one month ago) link
oh come on
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 02:03 (three weeks ago) link
I know, right?
― Lily Dale, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 02:09 (three weeks ago) link
noooooo theyre putting their boring stink all over him right before a tour!? also kinetic floors & bicycles oh please kindly fuck off
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 June 2022 02:24 (three weeks ago) link
LMAO. My partner is a big, big Coldplay, so it was inevitable that we’d go to a show. THIS was the show so it was a pretty damn welcome surprise. (McCartney’s got a show coming up in the same place, the last of the North American leg of the tour - bet Bruce pops in for that.)
I can’t dump on the band but I will say in the lead up to the show, I started thinking how bewildering and fascinating everyone from Jay-Z and Beyoncé (who were at the show) to Frank Ocean to U2 and R.E.M. are Coldplay fans. The one time everything comes together for me is “Yellow” which I wouldn’t call atypical (probably quintessential if anything) but it’s the one time where their stuff lights up for me and it was actually pretty memorable to witness it at the show.
They kind of remind me of the nicest, most straight-laced upperclassmen I went to school with, guys who got elected to student council, won track meets and went to good schools, probably good jobs as well and a family raised in a posh suburb. I kind of feel like that’s reflected in their work, if you know what I mean - I can’t say it translates into the things I personally find interesting or compelling in art, but my partner gets an immense amount of enjoyment in it.
Beyond music, the environmental friendly aspects of their tour is great - who else powers a stadium tour with completely renewable energy? That should be the case for everyone, to the point where it’s nothing anyone brags about. And there were a bunch of moments, while looking around at the lighting arrangement they devised for the show, where I thought “if you were into acid, NOW would be an perfect time to drop.”
So that’s all the nice things I have to say about them.
― birdistheword, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 11:03 (three weeks ago) link
I have been to a couple shows where the artist indicated that the tour was carbon-neutral - by which I gather they meant offsets. (You buy a ticket, someone plants a tree in Norway or something.) Can't remember who. A 90s indie songstress of some sort. KT Tunstall, Eliza Carthy, Michelle Shocked?
They did not mean that their amps were solar-powered, or that the lights in the venue were run by windmills, or that their tour bus was electric. Not sure what Coldplay is doing but yeah, that's something every artist should be doing.
― Nutellanor Roosevelt (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 June 2022 11:50 (three weeks ago) link
They had a detailed description of what they were doing on the screens before the show actually started. I was very impressed - power came from a variety of sources, enough to charge up everything before each show. And in terms of environmental impact, even the plastic wrist lights they handed out (which you return in bins before leaving the venue) were made from renewable materials, I'm guessing plant-based resin instead of common petroleum-based plastics.
Even though they're roughly middle-aged, it was kind of like a boy-band pop show. I've only been to one other show at MetLife - the Stones. They were singing about sex and murder with projections of Mick et al looking like they were consumed by hellfire - the highlight, "Midnight Rambler," was like a ghost train barreling straight through hell. (This was three years ago, before I went to any shows with my partner.) Coldplay's show was aesthetically the complete opposite in every possible way.
― birdistheword, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 14:36 (three weeks ago) link
Even though they're roughly middle-aged, it was kind of like a boy-band pop show.
Didn't they work with Max Martin on their most recent records? They know what they need to do to keep filling arenas.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 15:32 (three weeks ago) link
Bruce and SVZ just showed up at McCartney's show and played "Glory Days" (perfect choice - Paul turns 80 in a few days) and "I Wanna Be Your Man"!
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 02:51 (two weeks ago) link
Actually Van Zandt didn't join (though he was at the show).
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 03:18 (two weeks ago) link
And he came back out for "The End"
Paul McCartney e Bruce Springsteen tocando “The End” no MetLife Stadium, em East Rutherford (16/06) #PaulMcCartneyGotBack📸: edkeller66 pic.twitter.com/kxCK0ay4gO— The Beatles BR 🍏 (@TheBeatleBR) June 17, 2022
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 03:39 (two weeks ago) link
(Apologies, the Twitter link actually misses all but one of Springsteen's turns at a guitar solo.)
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 03:45 (two weeks ago) link
I'm biased, but it's kinda amazing how he can just command the stage next to Paul friggin McCartney. Also, that they are both really old, too. Octogenarian Macca making me more hopeful for the Bruce tour.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 June 2022 12:10 (two weeks ago) link
If I had to pick between Bruce and the Beatles, it would have to be the Beatles, but I absolutely agree, it's impressive how Springsteen completely takes the show when they launch into "Glory Days." Some credit goes to McCartney - I want to say being in the Beatles gave him a natural inclination to cede the spotlight and make room for someone else when he knows he's backing them up - but the song actually makes Springsteen look like the greater songwriter. It's a cliché that McCartney's songwriting is pretty lopsided, where he's unmatched as a melodist and arranger but frustratingly uneven as a lyricist. While both of them can come up with immensely catchy ear worms that can seem corny in the wrong context, Springsteen's usually has a lot more going under the surface, and that's exactly what I get from "Glory Days." Musically, it starts off like a lot of McCartney's poppier hits, but with every line and every verse, there are nuances and a level of detail in the storytelling that's typically absent in McCartney's post-Beatles output. McCartney's pop hits can feel like nothing songs in comparison.
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:44 (two weeks ago) link
"Glory Days" has gradually become the Springsteen song I look forward to hearing the most in the wild. Sure, I'm now maybe 10 years older than he was when he wrote it, but I also credit the disciplined economy of his writing.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:47 (two weeks ago) link
It really feels like a perfect song written for the future. I know there's a lot of darkness to it, but in true Springsteen fashion, he manages to find a lot of humor in the same subject as well, and last night that last verse was especially hilarious, especially with McCartney repeating the same exact stories over and over again at every show in every tour since at least 2002.
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:10 (two weeks ago) link
(Though to be fair, they're not really boring stories - the first time I saw him and heard them, it was cool af.)
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:11 (two weeks ago) link
Where was that funny twitter thing about all the talking heads (Dave Grohl, Lars, Elton etc) talking about Ringo a little while back?
― Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 June 2022 15:20 (two weeks ago) link
Oh, this, sorry for the derail:
"Ringo, man, he was like a drum machine, you gotta remember this was -before- the invention of the drum machine" pic.twitter.com/Ze6ydRcDYG— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) November 30, 2021
― Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 June 2022 15:21 (two weeks ago) link
Not actually a derail since The Boss is in there. Not the very start of the thread either but I will leave that be.
― Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 June 2022 15:24 (two weeks ago) link
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:44 (two weeks ago) link
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:46 (two weeks ago) link
Who's that guy with Joe Walsh's brother-in-law?
― Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 June 2022 17:07 (two weeks ago) link
If I'm Garry Tallent and I'm watching that "Glory Days" clip, my mind is blown because I'm thinking, "When I was a teenager I played Paul's bass lines...and now HE'S playing one of MY bass lines."
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 17 June 2022 17:12 (two weeks ago) link
― Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 June 2022 17:20 (two weeks ago) link
I thought this was weirdly amusing:
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 June 2022 17:20 (two weeks ago) link
Reminds me of an old Conan sketch:
― birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 18:13 (two weeks ago) link
― Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 June 2022 18:35 (two weeks ago) link
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 June 2022 18:38 (two weeks ago) link
Lol! Bonus points for Percussion Poobah Joe Levy JudgeCam content.
― Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 June 2022 18:59 (two weeks ago) link