August 25, 2015

Boomer Anthems: "Born to Run" Released this day in 1975.


In which Clarence Clemmons proves once and for all there is no rock and roll song that can't be made great with a saxophone.

One, two, three, four!

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody's out on the run tonight
But there's no place left to hide
Together Wendy we can live with the sadness
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
H-Oh, Someday girl I don't know when
We're gonna get to that place
Where we really wanna go
And we'll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us
Baby we were born to run

Yes, 1975. What can I say? Turn around, a decade's gone. Sometimes even four.... but then.... again....

Don't run back inside, darling, you know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore

Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty but, hey, you're alright

Oh, and that's alright with me....

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 25, 2015 10:32 AM
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The boy has never made 1 red cent off my ass.

Posted by: ghostsniper at August 25, 2015 1:25 PM

Springsteen has always left me cold.

Posted by: mike at August 25, 2015 4:58 PM

I hate to pile on, but he is a zero to me.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at August 26, 2015 4:38 AM

Jon Landau had a big part to play in Springsteen's career. He had a comment in Rolling Stone before he became popular: "I have seen rock and roll future and it's Bruce Springsteen." Landau then became his manager.
Bruce ain't no nice guy either. He ditched Julianne Phillips for Patty Schialfa. Got Schialfa pregnant while still married to Julianne. And was celebrated for it. Wretch. Gag.

Posted by: brinster at August 26, 2015 7:02 AM

It's funny how a guy from Jersey can be so popular.
I don't like his music and I don't give a rat's ass about his personal life but apparently others do like him.

"He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award
as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999". — Wiki

Posted by: chasmatic at August 26, 2015 8:27 AM

Bruce like Obama, I can't get to the mute button fast enough!

Posted by: Tim at August 26, 2015 10:13 AM

Julianne Phillips is the girl in the 38 Special video "Whay If I'd Been The One" back in the 80's. Her eyes are hypnotizingly unbelieveable.

Posted by: ghostsniper at August 26, 2015 2:34 PM

Well, though he ain't no Leonard Cohen, his music fits a niche in the soul...

So... right after a hard days work in the hot sun, downing a few "bruceski's "... its kinda nice to belt out Springsteen song or two on the 'ol "Air-Guitar"...

www . youtube . com/watch?v=zSEYQ4Rpgks

The louder the better. :)

Ah... memories.

Posted by: cond0011 at August 26, 2015 6:48 PM

Oh, hey!

'Nother one:

An 'Al Pacino' tribute combined with Springsteens' 'No Surrender'.

www . youtube . com/watch?v=S35n99_4kc0

life is good.

Posted by: cond0011 at August 26, 2015 6:54 PM

Ghostsniper, I love the song and the band was from my more youthful time. Her eyes... you nailed it.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at August 26, 2015 6:56 PM

Count me out of the Bruce fan club. Way overrated guy's music sucks... always has and always will.

Posted by: Colonel Haiku at August 26, 2015 7:55 PM

You want great music? Listen to the the first four albums from Lowell George and Little Feat. Eff a bunch of New Jersey posers.

Posted by: Colonel Haiku at August 26, 2015 7:58 PM

Never cared for Springsteen. I like him even less knowing that he is a huge Obama supporter who even campaigned for Obama.
Obama awarded Springsteen the Medal of Freedom.

Posted by: Speller at August 27, 2015 2:45 AM

I like a lot of Springsteen's music, and I think I'm not alone, despite the posts above. "Nebraska" is his best effort, and a truly great album.

Of course, I'm old enough to remember when the songs were new, first run, AM only. Hell, I remember when Chubby Checker was new, and American Bandstand had a young emcee called Dick Clark, later a New Year's eve zombie announcer. That was a different country and a very different culture. It was a country and culture worth having and fighting for. Not this country, not this culture.

Posted by: bob sykes at August 27, 2015 11:27 AM

He was very popular with a segment of the crew(s) I hung with. I saw him live once in 1980, it was quite the show. Later, my interest waned. Of course, when he came out for the shadowy 44th, I was disgusted, but not surprised.

Posted by: Will at August 27, 2015 6:00 PM

I did see him live once in either '81 or '82 at the LA Sports Arena. Loudest show I ever saw... we were about 3 rows back. My ears actually rang and hurt for 3 days after it. Only time that ever happened, with all the bands I saw.

Posted by: Colonel Haiku at August 27, 2015 9:53 PM

Musta been in the 80's when the analog stuff got shelved and digital took over everything, but the concert sound got *so loud* as to not be listenable any more. And a severe lack of tonal value. I'm talking about them giant curved speaker arrays suspended from the ceiling. It changed from being music to just plain loud ass sound and the shit gets old after about 15 mins. Up on stage the players get to hear what they play thru their own amps, but the amps are mic'd into the PA and from there it is downhill all the way. One more reason to never go again cause it's no longer music, and more proof that most of the people that do go aren't there for the music but something else - and I have no idea what. I have been to over 100 concerts spanning some 35 years and I watched and heard the decline in real time.

**My understanding is the loudest concert ever was in 1971 by Zeppelin and they used 300 Phase Linear 300 watt power amps linked to 300 Crown 400 watt power amps and an hour later 7 listeners were rendered unconscious.

"You need coolin', baby I'm not foolin'.....

Posted by: ghostsniper at August 28, 2015 12:27 PM