THUNDER ROAD vs. BORN TO RUN

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BORN TO RUN 25
THUNDER ROAD 22


mookieproof, Monday, 13 August 2012 02:38 (ten years ago) link

FUCK YOU THIS IS HARD

Johnny Fever, Monday, 13 August 2012 02:40 (ten years ago) link

I <3 them both beyond words, but I'll vote Born to Run just because the one time I saw Bruce and band live, the performance of that track sort of took my breath away (as it probably does every time they play it).

Johnny Fever, Monday, 13 August 2012 02:41 (ten years ago) link

straight up i go with born to run

but oh man live piano version makes thunder road get all dimensional

mookieproof, Monday, 13 August 2012 02:47 (ten years ago) link

yeah the v that opens Live 75-85 is the greatest

Euler, Monday, 13 August 2012 02:52 (ten years ago) link

superchunk used to cover born to run, so i guess ned votes thunder road

mookieproof, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:08 (ten years ago) link

born to run is like the essence of rock and roll distilled into four and a half minutes. thunder road is good, but that guitar lick right after 'i got this guitar and i learned how to make it talk' is kinda lame

buh, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:20 (ten years ago) link

this poll makes sense; these songs are opposites. born to run romantic, thunder road defeated. voting born to run.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:21 (ten years ago) link

love both but prefer "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" to either tbh

Pollopolicía (some dude), Monday, 13 August 2012 03:22 (ten years ago) link

born to run is kind of hard for me to actually hear anymore because it's like listening to an idea or an image of a song but in theory i love it a lot. "tramps like us" still kills.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:26 (ten years ago) link

born to run lyrics are his best imo

buh, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:27 (ten years ago) link

this poll makes sense; these songs are opposites. born to run romantic, thunder road defeated.

Really? To me they scan like pretty much the same song: dude tryin to get Mary/Wendy to come out and jump in his car/on his bike, cuz life's short, you gotta get out while you're young, this town rips the bones from yer back, it's a town full of losers and he's pulling out of here to win.

Easy to overlook: how sexy and flirty they both are, there's magic in the night, strap your hands cross my engines. They're both big come-ons, just like "Rosalita."

Anyway, I prefer "Thunder Road," but love em both, because of and despite their ridiculousness.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Monday, 13 August 2012 03:35 (ten years ago) link

i just feel like "thunder road" is the speaker of "born to run," but older and less hopeful. also the speaker of "born to run" would never say, "you ain't a beauty but hey you're all right" to his beloved; he's way too romantic for that. they're not the only springsteen songs that work that way, obvs. "opposite" was probably the wrong way to put it, but like romanticism v. disappointed romanticism.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:38 (ten years ago) link

romantic romantic romantic

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:38 (ten years ago) link

i made my sister start listening to bruce this year and "born to run" was the first song she really hooked onto, and she was like, "bruce springsteen is so romantical!" and it was sort of cute, but it was also like have you been living under a rock?

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:39 (ten years ago) link

TR is my favorite song ever, BTR only like #12

NASCAR, surfing, raising chickens, owning land (zachlyon), Monday, 13 August 2012 03:55 (ten years ago) link

OH GOD

They are both romantic obv ("Backstreets" is the defeatist one), but "Born To Run" feels desperately hopeful while "Thunder Road" seems kind of wizened and accepting of "being older and less hopeful" ("you ain't a beauty, but hey, you're all right"). Lyrically I think "Thunder Road" is superior, BTR's "velvet rims/engines" has always been a little goofy to me, while "The screen door slams/Mary's dress waves" is both perfect poetic image and the exact kind of opening phrase you want when you begin a short story.

I love them both but "Born To Run" always seems to cross into the cartoony side of melodrama while "Thunder Road" seems to skirt that line better. And yeah, the piano version!

all the other twinks with their fucked up dicks (billy), Monday, 13 August 2012 03:57 (ten years ago) link

yeah the opening lines of "thunder road" are really beautiful. cartoony melodrama is the whole point of "born to run" though and if you don't like melodrama why are you listening to bruce imo.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:58 (ten years ago) link

half of his songs are basically west side story

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 03:59 (ten years ago) link

we should do DANCING IN THE DARK v. TOUGHER THAN THE REST next i will seriously have a nervous breakdown trying to decide

i guess they're on different albums but whatever

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 04:02 (ten years ago) link

I mean yeah of course but there are times when it's like "haha OH BRUCE" and other times it's "YES I FEEL THAT I AM 16 AGAIN"

feel like Sondheim would do a great/appropriate musical out of "The River"

all the other twinks with their fucked up dicks (billy), Monday, 13 August 2012 04:03 (ten years ago) link

gonna listen to "Backstreets" and weep into my beer l8r

all the other twinks with their fucked up dicks (billy), Monday, 13 August 2012 04:04 (ten years ago) link

guys can we do a bruce springsteen tracks poll yes i am just trying to recreate the magic of the paul simes poll but i think it could be fun

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 04:05 (ten years ago) link

he's already in the list pipeline if that's what you mean

NASCAR, surfing, raising chickens, owning land (zachlyon), Monday, 13 August 2012 04:16 (ten years ago) link

Thunder Road for me. Mainly for the aforementioned Live 75-85 take, but really any live version. Don't like "Born To Run" much in any setting.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 13 August 2012 04:20 (ten years ago) link

i'm confused at the notion of someone liking one but not the other

NASCAR, surfing, raising chickens, owning land (zachlyon), Monday, 13 August 2012 04:21 (ten years ago) link

he's already in the list pipeline if that's what you mean

― NASCAR, surfing, raising chickens, owning land (zachlyon), Monday, August 13, 2012 12:16 AM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh yay!

horseshoe, Monday, 13 August 2012 04:22 (ten years ago) link

"Born to Run" as it is closer to Bat out of Hell (which I pull out way more often)

Simon H., Monday, 13 August 2012 04:44 (ten years ago) link

i'm confused at the notion of someone liking one but not the other

I'm not sure exactly why I like one but not the other; I think it's that BTR tips the scale a little too far toward Meat Loaf (which makes me the anti-Simon H). Even as I slowly warm to Born To Run the album, there has been no change in my dislike of the track itself.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 13 August 2012 04:49 (ten years ago) link

They are both romantic obv ("Backstreets" is the defeatist one), but "Born To Run" feels desperately hopeful while "Thunder Road" seems kind of wizened and accepting of "being older and less hopeful" ("you ain't a beauty, but hey, you're all right")

romanticism vs. pick up artist-style negging

Pollopolicía (some dude), Monday, 13 August 2012 12:09 (ten years ago) link

Gotta go with BTR cause I'm a stan for balls-out production, especially the wall o' sound.

shaane, Monday, 13 August 2012 17:09 (ten years ago) link

FUCK YOU THIS IS HARD

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(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:11 (ten years ago) link

I love both but whatever BTR all the way.

When I was 17 and very gullible (as if I'm less so now) my then boyfriend had me believing that BTR was the New Jersey state song which makes no sense but NJ really loves Bruce and he sounded like he knew what he was talking about so I believed him. For, like, a year.

The Frankie Goes to Hollywood vid of them doing B2R is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:13 (ten years ago) link

I'm From New Jersey
Written & Music by Red Mascara

Verse (Ad lib)
I know of a state that's a perfect playland with white sandy beaches by the sea;
With fun-filled mountains, lakes and parks, and folks with hospitality;
With historic towns where battles were fought, and presidents have made their home;
It's called New Jersey, and I toast and tout it wherever I may roam. 'Cause . . .

First Chorus
I'M FROM NEW JERSEY and I'm proud about it, I love the Garden State.
I'M FROM NEW JERSEY and I want to shout it, I think it's simply great.
All of the other states throughout the nation may mean a lot to some;
But I wouldn't want another, Jersey is like no other, I'm glad that's where I'm from.

Second Chorus
If you want glamour, try Atlantic City or Wildwood by the sea;
Then there is Trenton, Princeton, and Fort Monmouth, they all made history.
Each little town has got that certain something, from High Point to Cape May;
And some place like Mantoloking, Phillipsburg, or Hoboken will steal your heart away.

New Jersey's Unofficial State Song "I'm From New Jersey," passed both Legislative Houses in 1972. However it was not signed into law by the Governor. It remains popular statewide and on the Web.
Copyright © 1961, 1989 By Red Mascara-All Rights Reserved

spanky hotel frogstrot (how's life), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:25 (ten years ago) link

not as cool.

spanky hotel frogstrot (how's life), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:26 (ten years ago) link

Governor otm

spanky hotel frogstrot (how's life), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:26 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, I know it's "I'm from NJ" because obv I've since looked it up and my God what a dumb song.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:27 (ten years ago) link

also lol @ Wildwood being glamorous.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:27 (ten years ago) link

"On June 12, 1979, 'Born to Run' was named New Jersey's "Unofficial Youth Rock Anthem" by the New Jersey State Legislature." Can't find the bill but there's that.

shaane, Monday, 13 August 2012 17:53 (ten years ago) link

lol waht?! I don't think he knew that. Not gonna tell him.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Monday, 13 August 2012 17:58 (ten years ago) link

Thunder Road without a doubt.

I Shall Be Re-Released (Mr Andy M), Monday, 13 August 2012 21:46 (ten years ago) link

Thunder Road. TR draws you into the song and story. You have listen closely to put the pieces together. BTR just hits you over the head. Not that there's anything wrong with it but it's not what I reach for.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 05:59 (ten years ago) link

Easily "Born to Run" for me. There was a period during the reunion tour when Bruce seemed visibly bored (or as bored as he ever lets himself look) singing "Thunder Road," all but happy to cede it to the sing-alongers, but "Born to Run" was never less than fully engaged and exultant.

However, I do like listening to "Thunder Road" (still a great song!) as the precursor to its intended (though never fully realized) sequel "The Promise."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:45 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 16 August 2012 00:01 (ten years ago) link

The one that mentions Roy Orbison

Safe European Momus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 August 2012 01:02 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 17 August 2012 00:01 (ten years ago) link

intersting

mookieproof, Friday, 17 August 2012 00:03 (ten years ago) link

Ah, in fact just found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-4XXv_gTHo

Sigue Sigue Kaputnik (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 September 2016 02:01 (six years ago) link

Continued listening only strengthens this association.

Sigue Sigue Kaputnik (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 September 2016 17:17 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Was this ever sorted? Oh I see,

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 November 2022 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

Like them both but "Thunder Road" just seems a little more specific and cinematic whereas "Born to Run" is a wee bit cartoonish, as somebody said upthread.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 November 2022 16:43 (two weeks ago) link

If by cartoonish you mean larger than life. "Born to Run" transcends so hard that calling it a song almost seems reductive.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 November 2022 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

No worries. It's just so famous hard to sometimes transcend that larger than life print the legend factor. But I will keep listening again with open ears on the open road because tramps like us, baby.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 November 2022 17:15 (two weeks ago) link

Ran up the block to get brunch and now BTR is playing over the sound system. Last time I heard it here was when I walking by the night AOC won. Her opponent Joe Crowley had rented out the place for his victory party but then ended up played “Born to Run” with his band as part of his concession. I ran into Outlaw Country Jeremy and his wife Laura outside as they were going in to offer condolences. I was kind of shocked when I looked up from my phone to see them since I had them in the front of my mind because I was at that instance reading an article by a mutual acquaintance in the neighborhood. I had come across this article whilst looking up information on the song “Bessie the Heifer” sung by Wayne Newton to an array of barnyard animals on an episode of The Lucy Show.
https://www.cmt.com/news/2s5nce/oxford-american-excerpt-felice-and-boudleaux-bryant

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 November 2022 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

Imagine James Redd off to the left with his face pressed to the glass.

Now @JoeCrowleyNY is playing guitar. He dedicated the first song to @Ocasio2018 — “Born to Run”
@ pic.twitter.com/U3sx6mth90

— J. David Goodman (@jdavidgoodman) June 27, 2018

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 November 2022 17:46 (two weeks ago) link

This is hard! Instinctively want to say Thunder Road because it's perfect, it gives me chills, it's a great and strange song that you can also recite like a poem. I feel like I could sit someone down who doesn't typically like Bruce and make them listen to it and they would at the very least respect it because it is Literature with a capital L.

BtR is a very different kind of masterpiece. It's a masterpiece of rock and roll, of trying too hard, of romanticism tipping all the way into camp. It's Bruce riding a motorcycle full speed along a narrow cliff path of Awesome, with a yawning abyss of Bad just inches away. It's not really my sort of song, I rarely seek it out, and yet every time I hear it, the ridiculous energy of it carries me along and I end up thinking "fuck yeah!" Whereas Thunder Road, perfect though it is, is not a song I can hear over and over again; the impact of that last line tends to wear off with familiarity. BtR never loses its impact.

So yeah, no idea.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 November 2022 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

Just passed by the restaurant I had brunch at and talked to one of the owners. The plot thickens...

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 November 2022 19:18 (two weeks ago) link

"Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair" is one of the most magical moments . . . well, ever.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 19 November 2022 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

^OTM

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 November 2022 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

...the owner told me that he in fact put BTR on that playlist ("because I wouldn't normally play that song") in honor of that incident.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 November 2022 19:31 (two weeks ago) link

Ran up the block to get brunch and now BTR is playing over the sound system. Last time I heard it here was when I walking by the night AOC won. Her opponent Joe Crowley had rented out the place for his victory party but then ended up played “Born to Run” with his band as part of his concession. I ran into Outlaw Country Jeremy and his wife Laura outside as they were going in to offer condolences. I was kind of shocked when I looked up from my phone to see them since I had them in the front of my mind because I was at that instance reading an article by a mutual acquaintance in the neighborhood. I had come across this article whilst looking up information on the song “Bessie the Heifer” sung by Wayne Newton to an array of barnyard animals on an episode of The Lucy Show.
https://www.cmt.com/news/2s5nce/oxford-american-excerpt-felice-and-boudleaux-bryant

This sounds like the plot of a new Bruce song if he was still writing in his verbose early '70s style.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 November 2022 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

Ha, yes, exactly! This story was all jumbled up in my mind until I was finally able to channel Bruce himself to try to tell it.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 November 2022 19:45 (two weeks ago) link

"Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair" is one of the most magical moments . . . well, ever.

This is one of those posts very much in character, but Kipling liked to put the line "What else could I have done?" at key moments in his stories because he called it "the plinth of all structures." So it always pleases me that in TR "What else can we do now?" marks the moment where the band surges in and the whole song just takes off, like this line is Bruce finding solid ground from which to launch himself into space.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 November 2022 20:23 (two weeks ago) link

There was a period during the reunion tour when Bruce seemed visibly bored (or as bored as he ever lets himself look) singing "Thunder Road," all but happy to cede it to the sing-alongers, but "Born to Run" was never less than fully engaged and exultant.

Looking at this Josh in Chicago post from ten years ago, I wonder if Thunder Road needs Bruce less than Born to Run does? Like, Thunder Road works great as a song, it works great on Born to Run, but it also works if you're reading it on the page, or - like I did half an hour ago - standing in your kitchen giving a dramatic recitation of it to your scrambled eggs. It's not that the impact of it is all in the lyrics - it's not a poem, it's a song - but it has this kind of doubled effect where everything the music and singing do, the lyrics also do, in parallel. So maybe there's a slight feeling of "This song will do just fine without me" with Thunder Road, whereas BTR is more of a feedback loop of Bruce pouring energy into the song and the song giving energy back to Bruce?

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 November 2022 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

Narratively, "Thunder Road" is kind of like the perfect start of something great. A book, a story, a movie, and of course an album (I think it's in the documentary how most of the songs on the eecord start with cinematic scene-setting piano preambles). But "Born to Run" is pure climax.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 November 2022 22:10 (two weeks ago) link

I think of it almost as the opposite: Born to Run feels like pure beginning to me; there's a "now," that we start out in, but everything in the song is pure forward momentum. Whereas Thunder Road has got all this weight of past tries and failures behind it; it's Bruce summoning up the ghosts of the past so that he can casually sweep them all away at the end and start fresh. An ending and a beginning at the same time.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 November 2022 23:15 (two weeks ago) link

Loving everybody's posts on this thread.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 20 November 2022 02:29 (one week ago) link

Born to Run is the closest anyone else got to the "when you got nothing, you got nothing left to lose" feeling of Like a Rolling Stone.

The Bankruptcy of the Planet of the Apes (PBKR), Sunday, 20 November 2022 04:50 (one week ago) link

One thing BTR has that TR doesn’t is Ernest “Boom” Carter.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 20 November 2022 05:17 (one week ago) link

Did we ever poll the songs on Born to Run?

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 20 November 2022 23:50 (one week ago) link

otmfm re: Ernest “Boom” Carter. Are there any boots of shows with him in the band?

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 20 November 2022 23:58 (one week ago) link

I think this one features him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axzlT92TgwE

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 November 2022 00:37 (one week ago) link

Sounds like him, thanks!

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 00:59 (one week ago) link

And OMG at Richard Neer and the disgraced Dave Herman. The latter sounds a lot more like Lou Reed when talking than I remembered.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 01:01 (one week ago) link

This image is bad enough.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 01:10 (one week ago) link

(Don’t worry it’s SFW, just didn’t want to have to look at it in the thread)

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 01:41 (one week ago) link

I think this one features him:

📹


You sure? He supposedly left a year prior, in August of 1974.

(Good show, though.)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 21 November 2022 03:01 (one week ago) link

Ha, whoops, yeah, he also played at the Bottom Line a year earlier, August 1974. There must be recordings out there.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 November 2022 03:52 (one week ago) link

Supposedly the earliest available performance of BtR:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJEmPVFAvM8

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 November 2022 03:59 (one week ago) link

I found a few early "Born to Run" cuts from '74. Here's a '74 "Jungleland"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICJr6lSGS3c

And then there's this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeosMlRCoUI

I think they all feature Carter, but I could be wrong

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 November 2022 04:05 (one week ago) link

I’m not gonna take the bait again!

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 04:17 (one week ago) link

Scott Miller had some interesting things to say about "Thunder Road":

I have a serious love/hate relationship with this song. For the most part, I think the album is overrated; there's just not enough there there in the composition. "Thunder Road" is the one that stretches out the most, and it's the one I like the most, but from the first sung lyric it stays a little aimless. The final always gives me chills, and makes the road straighten behind it as it were- but I'm not sure I'm proud of that reaction. Really the singer is feeding this poor girl such a banquet of self-mythologizing nonsense as to make one weep. The message is: "Trade in these wings on some wheels...It's a town full of losers/I'm pulling out of here to win." Quiet good deeds and unheralded personal sanctity are for suckers; it's all about cobbling together an elitist worldview from whole cloth and putting it over for material advantage. So, this is good wild-oatsy stuff, but I'll say it again: if you want world-class lyrics with a reasonable ethical grounding, go try that joke of a flitty chimera David Bowie.

For me, I'd be satisfied with this album if it were a single of "Night" b/w "Meeting Across the River". Gets straight to the point.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 November 2022 04:56 (one week ago) link

Half of rock is singers feeding self-mythologizing nonsense to poor girls. Kind of a dumb take.

Maybe Bruce didn't flirt with fascist iconography enough for Scott Miller.

The Bankruptcy of the Planet of the Apes (PBKR), Monday, 21 November 2022 12:25 (one week ago) link

"go try" this other guy who sucks? what lol

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 21 November 2022 12:32 (one week ago) link

Did we ever poll the songs on Born to Run?

I don't think so!

Really the singer is feeding this poor girl such a banquet of self-mythologizing nonsense as to make one weep. The message is: "Trade in these wings on some wheels...It's a town full of losers/I'm pulling out of here to win." Quiet good deeds and unheralded personal sanctity are for suckers

I suppose this is a helpful warning for anyone who had "Thunder Road" confused with Middlemarch.

Lily Dale, Monday, 21 November 2022 16:30 (one week ago) link

Supposedly the earliest available performance of BtR:

That sounds like it might be Carter, based on the bit at 2:45 -- Weinberg sometimes attempted it, but soon gave up. Doesn't sound like Max.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 21 November 2022 17:17 (one week ago) link

And that's DEFINITELY Carter on the '74 "Jungleland."

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 21 November 2022 17:19 (one week ago) link

Quiet good deeds and unheralded personal sanctity

we should do a pox songs about quiet good deeds and unheralded personal sanctity

ꙮ (map), Monday, 21 November 2022 21:00 (one week ago) link

Miller's got an unconventional take on Springsteen; the other two songs he writes about in his book are "Candy's Room" and "Girls in Their Summer Clothes", probably not general top three fan favourites.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:30 (one week ago) link

*raises hand*

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 21:50 (one week ago) link

Meaning I’m a huge fan of “Candy’s Room.”

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 21:50 (one week ago) link

I’m not minding Scott Miller’s contrarian take tbh.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 21:52 (one week ago) link

"Candy's Room" is one of those songs even people I know that don't like Springsteen like. He doesn't have many songs like it.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:53 (one week ago) link

The funny thing is that blurb is from a playlist of the best songs of 1975 (fitted between "Better Off Dead" by Elton John and "Poker" by Electric Light Orchestra)! Although occasionally he'll include a song less out of musical excellence than to make a point about the historical context.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 November 2022 23:12 (one week ago) link

"Better Off Dead" from Captain Fantastic? Haven't thought about that one in ages.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 November 2022 23:27 (one week ago) link

Thunder Road come on

treeship., Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:54 (one week ago) link

You ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright

treeship., Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:54 (one week ago) link


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