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Bruce Springsteen — Backstreets
Album: Born To Run
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Released: 1975
Length: 6:27
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One soft, infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
Catching rides to the outskirts, tying faith between our teeth
Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house, getting wasted in the heat

And hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat
Running for our lives at night on them backstreets

Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
Where desperate lovers park, we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
Huddled in our cars, waiting for the bells that ring
In the deep heart of the night they set us loose of everything

To go running on the backstreets
Running on the backstreets
Terry, you swore we'd live forever
Taking it on them backstreets together

Endless juke joints and Valentino drag
Where dancers scraped the the tears up off the streets, dressed down in rags
Running into the darkness, some hurt bad, some really dying
At night sometimes it seemed you could hear that whole damn city crying

Blame it on the lies that killed us, blame it on the truth that ran us down
You can blame it all on me, Terry, it don't matter to me now
When the breakdown hit at midnight there was nothing left to say
But I hated him and I hated you when you went away

Laying here in the dark, you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see?
Trying to learn how to walk like the heroes we thought we had to be

And after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess

To hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets
Where we swore forever friends
On the backstreets until the end

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It was alright
We'll go hiding on the backstreets tonight

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 I shed a tear for my lost youth
 gjr wrote:
this is the album that saved the world from disco.......possibly the best rock album from the 70's.......every cut a classic....great, great album


 

Don't know about those first two clauses...but I concur on the last two.  For sheer studio and stage passion, he was some new 11 on a scale of 10. 
This comes close to going over the top. 
But you can't discount the level of that passion. 
This is like the classic do-wop and lady quartets of the Phil Spector early '60s, on neo noir gang banger steroids. 
 LowPhreak wrote:
A lot of Bruce's singing sounds like he's trying too hard. This is one of those IMO. 

 
Trying very hard. And doing. 
A lot of Bruce's singing sounds like he's trying too hard. This is one of those IMO. 
Great piano by the incomparable Roy Bittan.  Same pianist who made a very important contribution to David Bowie's Station to Station and various Dire Strait songs.

Bruce goes a bit over the top on the outro here, imo.
 MiracleDrug wrote:
if you've never seen him live...

chances are...

you don't really get it...

sorry.

 
Amen to that. The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.  100% organic.  
if you've never seen him live...

chances are...

you don't really get it...

sorry.

this is the album that saved the world from disco.......possibly the best rock album from the 70's.......every cut a classic....great, great album


 suebee3 wrote:
I tried to enjoy it...I really, really did.   A little much at the end - someone needs to stop him from skipping.
 
Yeah...it just goes on and on and on.  I usually like Bruce...just not this one.

Chills, YET AGAIN, after 30 years and hundreds of listens. Gadzooks, Bruce, you rock! {#Dancingbanana_2}

 robco1 wrote:
Bill G: "...and we heard from Cowboy Junkies and The Wailin' Jennys, and that guy from New Jersey..."

{#Roflol}

Not a huge fan, but this album is incredible. {#Cheers}
 
Same playlist - same comment.
 
Wow, interesting comments about this song.  I guess it is a break form the typical stuff that people like where the boy singer sounds cute and depressed and everything is produced at the same volume with little emotion.  Now granted Bruce's music after the first five albums became pretty much the same, the first five including the one that this song is on, and this song included, knock your socks off with energy and emotion to the point where you are riding along with the writer and feel the heat.....this is not 'The Fray'.
I tried to enjoy it...I really, really did.   A little much at the end - someone needs to stop him from skipping.
unforgettable song...10 for me...god!
 newwavegurly wrote:
Not a fan of Springsteen. Never have been. He's got a couple of tracks I sort of like, but I don't like most of it. That said, does anyone else think that the piano at the beginning sounds a bit like Dan Fogelberg's Same Old Lang Syne?
Okay, so maybe it's just me...
 
Well, this album predates the Fogelberg song by 6 years. But I can't see someone of Fogelberg's talent copying anyone. 'Nuff said, from here anyway. {#Wave}
 tompoll wrote:

I've not had the opportunity, but I'm told Bruce has to be seen live to be fully appreciated.

If his Superbowl performance is any indication, it's likely true. He's pretty old, and can't hit the high notes anymore, but IMHO that was one helluva fun performance.
 

he never really had a trained voice, so the notes he hits don't really matter. what he had, rather was raw honesty, the kind of honesty that we all hoped we could somehow have, or develop. the type of pure emotion that spoke to the still youthful, honest, pure core, of us that had yet to suffer compromise, or trepidation.
What a complete let down after Foo Fighters....
Bill G: "...and we heard from Cowboy Junkies and The Wailin' Jennys, and that guy from New Jersey..."

{#Roflol}

Not a huge fan, but this album is incredible. {#Cheers}
Brrrrruuuuuccccceeee!!!!!!!  Enough said.

 fredriley wrote:
His raucous voice is either intensely emotional and evocative, or intensely irritating, and on this number it's the latter for me, I'm afraid. I'll bet he's the dog's bollox live, though - he's nothing if not a committed singer.
 
I've not had the opportunity, but I'm told Bruce has to be seen live to be fully appreciated.

If his Superbowl performance is any indication, it's likely true. He's pretty old, and can't hit the high notes anymore, but IMHO that was one helluva fun performance.
 thatslongformud wrote:
i'd love to see a map that shows song ratings by geolocation. I think that Bruce would have one of the most interesting representations.

From my observations, East Coasters (starting to make sense to me) and Europeans (I still don't understand this) seem to both really love him, but out West he doesn't go over as well
 

Northern California representing for Bruce. Put me down for two, because my sister is the one who bought the first album (Born to Run, of course).
 steeler wrote:
An ode to dreams pursued and lost, and pursued again. Alternately, or simultaneously, confronting and escaping from life. The entire CD.
 
I remember when I first heard this album.
What an escape from the stuff that was on the radio at the time!

That's why I love Bruce.

An album mixed by a deaf person, Born to Run nonetheless has its moments.  This is not one of them.
 thatslongformud wrote:
i'd love to see a map that shows song ratings by geolocation. I think that Bruce would have one of the most interesting representations.

From my observations, East Coasters (starting to make sense to me) and Europeans (I still don't understand this) seem to both really love him, but out West he doesn't go over as well
 

Plenty fans out here in the mid Pacific.
His raucous voice is either intensely emotional and evocative, or intensely irritating, and on this number it's the latter for me, I'm afraid. I'll bet he's the dog's bollox live, though - he's nothing if not a committed singer.

Awful, simply awful, probably the most over rated artist in rock. One song sounds like another. A really bad Dylan wanna be. One of the many.


 Aegean wrote:

No worries.  I get the same thing from most women I know. 

My best highschool girlfriend and I would cruise around Sac and the Bay Area in her 68 Mustang with Bruce blasting. We worshiped him to the point of analyzing his lyrics as poetry in Senior English. LOL (And we were both fairly girly-girls.)
Flawed but excellent.  Helps if your manic 8^)
I just can't the difference between any of his songs. Or is there really just one song?

 newwavegurly wrote:
Not a fan of Springsteen. Never have been. He's got a couple of tracks I sort of like, but I don't like most of it.
 
Birds of a feather. 


 newwavegurly wrote:
Not a fan of Springsteen. Never have been. He's got a couple of tracks I sort of like, but I don't like most of it.
 
No worries.  I get the same thing from most women I know.  After I thought about it, I realized that Springsteen's early songs, Like "Born To Run", "Backstreets", even "Rosalita", just have too much testosterone in them.  You couldn't say that about more recent tunes like "Magic" or "Girls in Their Summer Clothes", though.  He is happier and more grounded now...  happens to the best of us!  {#Smile}

ditto Simon and Garfunkel. How many times can you hear the same songs.

Saw him in Boston (actually Foxboro) for the first time in August and he really does put on a great show, but I'm not a huge fan. It's the same old themes, over and over.


The guy was 25yo going 26.
enough, bruce, enough!!!
born the boss
Still.... chillz.

10 whoaaaaa-whoaaaa
thatslongformud wrote:
i'd love to see a map that shows song ratings by geolocation. I think that Bruce would have one of the most interesting representations. From my observations, East Coasters (starting to make sense to me) and Europeans (I still don't understand this) seem to both really love him, but out West he doesn't go over as well
Not as well in the Deep South, either. (my observation) I think the life experiences that infuse his songs and themes resonate more with those from the Northeast and Midwest.
Not a fan of Springsteen. Never have been. He's got a couple of tracks I sort of like, but I don't like most of it. That said, does anyone else think that the piano at the beginning sounds a bit like Dan Fogelberg's Same Old Lang Syne? Okay, so maybe it's just me...
i'd love to see a map that shows song ratings by geolocation. I think that Bruce would have one of the most interesting representations. From my observations, East Coasters (starting to make sense to me) and Europeans (I still don't understand this) seem to both really love him, but out West he doesn't go over as well
An ode to dreams pursued and lost, and pursued again. Alternately, or simultaneously, confronting and escaping from life. The entire CD.
sharkey wrote:
Ditto. Enough screaming, piano banging. sucko barfo
/signed
if you can't feel this song, maybe you should see someone about it. :guitarist: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :clap: :clap: :clap:
copymonkey wrote:
This album was recorded in 1975. Bruce was barely in his twenties. When you were in your twenties, weren't your dreams and emotions big, sweeping, overwrought? Mine were. That's why they were great. That's what this era of Bruce's music was speaking too. It NEEDS to be "bombastic", because when you're young and invincible--everything is urgent, vital and...bombastic.
Absolutely right. Besides, I haven't been to many concerts where I was left exhausted as a member of the audience. A memorable experience, which I'm not likely (and don't want) to forget
anniebear wrote:
This song just makes me want to tell Bruce to shut the frack up already.
Ditto. Enough screaming, piano banging. sucko barfo
Danny Federici, who played organ and accordion on most Springsteen albums and in concert, died a few weeks ago, only 58 years old. Always modestly in the background as a player, his playing was very important in defining the E street Band sound.
copymonkey wrote:
This album was recorded in 1975. Bruce was barely in his twenties. When you were in your twenties, weren't your dreams and emotions big, sweeping, overwrought? Mine were. That's why they were great. That's what this era of Bruce's music was speaking too. It NEEDS to be "bombastic", because when you're young and invincible--everything is urgent, vital and...bombastic.
And that really carries if you hear his live shows, where it's impossible not to believe. This dude was honest. He was also a leader plain and simple and the crowd followed. Quite possibly this guy permanently changed people who saw him live. I was 4 when this album came out so probably I'm blowing smoke out my a
You know, after a while all the songs from this album kind of sound the same. Not that I'm complaining.
In the 90s I worked with a bunch of people from New Jersey. They all worshiped Bruce, but I never understood. Now hearing some of the old tunes I get it. I think it all went downhill about the time he introduced the world to Courtney Cox, maybe it's karma?
copymonkey wrote:
This album was recorded in 1975. Bruce was barely in his twenties. When you were in your twenties, weren't your dreams and emotions big, sweeping, overwrought? Mine were. That's why they were great. That's what this era of Bruce's music was speaking too. It NEEDS to be "bombastic", because when you're young and invincible--everything is urgent, vital and...bombastic.
:clap:
It just gos on and on......
copymonkey wrote:
This album was recorded in 1975. Bruce was barely in his twenties. When you were in your twenties, weren't your dreams and emotions big, sweeping, overwrought? Mine were. That's why they were great. That's what this era of Bruce's music was speaking too. It NEEDS to be "bombastic", because when you're young and invincible--everything is urgent, vital and...bombastic.
Well said, copy. But don't waste your time replying to that fool. Look at all his ratings.....Bruce is the worst artist ever to record in his eyes. He has never done anything worthwhile according to him.
copymonkey wrote:
This album was recorded in 1975. Bruce was barely in his twenties. When you were in your twenties, weren't your dreams and emotions big, sweeping, overwrought? Mine were. That's why they were great. That's what this era of Bruce's music was speaking too. It NEEDS to be "bombastic", because when you're young and invincible--everything is urgent, vital and...bombastic.
great way to put it. i couldn't have said it better. seems like many forget the "urgency" of their teens and twenties.
Bruce Sprungspring! Considering he singlehandedly saved us from the evils of disco, you can play cuts from this album anytime. :~)
Odyzzeuz wrote:
This is the tiresome Bruce that someone so aptly termed bombastic. His recent stuff isn't bad. I really just don't like this ''everything more overstated than everything else'' approach. By the time we get though the yelling and the piano banging and the umpteenth musical climax I'm just exhausted. Sometimes less is more.
This album was recorded in 1975. Bruce was barely in his twenties. When you were in your twenties, weren't your dreams and emotions big, sweeping, overwrought? Mine were. That's why they were great. That's what this era of Bruce's music was speaking too. It NEEDS to be "bombastic", because when you're young and invincible--everything is urgent, vital and...bombastic.
This is the tiresome Bruce that someone so aptly termed bombastic. His recent stuff isn't bad. I really just don't like this ''everything more overstated than everything else'' approach. By the time we get though the yelling and the piano banging and the umpteenth musical climax I'm just exhausted. Sometimes less is more.
if i were listening to this on a radio, i'd throw it out the window.
Having this follow the Foo Fighter's Everlong is like suffering a hangover after an awesome night of partying.
Stumbled onto this album my freshman year in college...awesome.
Definitely God Like. The whole album is spine-chilling material. Not not overly fond of the later stuff but what the heck.
the piano at the beginning says it all
westslope wrote:
Awesome.
In what world? this followed Foo Fighter's 'Everlong'.
Yawhoo!
Awesome.
robspeds wrote:
Suprised at the low rating for one of the best R & R songs ever. Great songwriting, passion, true to life stuff. I give a 9.
Hear,hear,hear,but as someone down below said,"it's cool that we are all not the same",even if the world would be a better place if EVERBODY liked Mr.Springsteen!
this reminds me of when I believed I was born to run. I was young enough to think I could really break free.
Bosonator wrote:
I once knew a girl (actually, she was the daughter of April Wine's Don Henman) who thought the Neil Young was singing "People walking in the freeway" rather than "Keep on rockin' in the free world" :whisper:
"Forgetting Ohio"
physicsgenius wrote:
Springsteen--another artist I've never seen the appeal of. He's a guy from New Jersey pretending to be country western. Clear your throat before you sing, at least.
Country & Western? I'd presume you're talking about his last album or two (one of which is folk covers) and not the 15 or so that preceded it. There's no way to listen to THIS song - from its operatic piano intro on - and have either of those words come to mind. (Unless you're saying, "Judging by instrumentation and recording techniques, I think it's obvious that Bruce Springsteen is clearly an an artist from a country in the western hemisphere of the planet earth.") You might just as easily say, "I never got Bob Dylan. Just a guy from Minnesota trying to sound bluesy." Or, "I never really saw the appeal of Van Morrison. He's a guy from Ireland pretending to be from Memphis." Ultimately it's your loss when you don't "get" someone as great as these guys - but then if everyone did, if everyone had the same musical taste...what would be the point of that? TJ
This song just makes me want to tell Bruce to shut the frack up already.
Cruzan wrote:
I don't care what anyone says. If his name wasn't Springstein it would be labeled pure crap. Painfull to listen to. At least Bill doesn't play it too often. This one makes me jump for the mute button! Hope y'all (or you's guys) enjoyed it. :-)
I did. Thanks for asking. PS - I cranked the volume up - way up!!
Springsteen--another artist I've never seen the appeal of. He's a guy from New Jersey pretending to be country western. Clear your throat before you sing, at least.
Well put, thank you. IMO, Bruce is well on his way back to bein' da Boss with the Seeger CD. And every single cut on BTR is Godlike. cjh7d wrote:
Anyone who thinks Springsteen hasn't retained his vital edge over the last 20 years obviously hasn't a serious listen to Tunnel of Love, Lucky Town, Tom Joad, xtra tracks from "Greatest Hits," Tracks, The Rising, or the Seeger Sessions. Not to mention all the amazing live bootlegs.
oufason wrote:
He was alternative until Born in the USA. He never really recovered in my eyes.
kazuma wrote:
Same here. :frown:
cjh7d wrote:
Anyone who thinks Springsteen hasn't retained his vital edge over the last 20 years obviously hasn't a serious listen to Tunnel of Love, Lucky Town, Tom Joad, xtra tracks from "Greatest Hits," Tracks, The Rising, or the Seeger Sessions. Not to mention all the amazing live bootlegs.
Obviously? That's quite an assumption. How would you know what I've been listening to? :eh:
I don't care what anyone says. If his name wasn't Springstein it would be labeled pure crap. Painfull to listen to. At least Bill doesn't play it too often. This one makes me jump for the mute button! Hope y'all (or you's guys) enjoyed it. :-)
:clap: Awesome, nice to hear this on RP! It is still an amazing collection of songs, this album.
kazuma wrote:
Same here. :frown:
These kinds of evaluations remind me of a conversation I had in 1985 with a friend who claimed that U2 was alternative until they sold out with "The Unforgettable Fire," and especially with that radio-candy single "Pride." Anyone who thinks Springsteen hasn't retained his vital edge over the last 20 years obviously hasn't a serious listen to Tunnel of Love, Lucky Town, Tom Joad, xtra tracks from "Greatest Hits," Tracks, The Rising, or the Seeger Sessions. Not to mention all the amazing live bootlegs. And anyone who wants to understand Born in the USA needs to go back and take a listen to the 1982 versions of the tracks (title track, Downbound Train, maybe 1-2 others) that ended up on BITUSA that Springsteen originally recorded stark/acoustic for Nebraska. BITUSA was no jingoistic pop ploy.
Suprised at the low rating for one of the best R & R songs ever. Great songwriting, passion, true to life stuff. I give a 9.
AphidA wrote:
Despite this being his best and maybe even his only decent album, Springsteen is really one artist who is just incredibly overrated.
...your brain on drugs. Children, pay attention. Crack is a terrible thing.
wow, a good bruce springsteen song... i wasnt sure that was possible but this one is really nice :cowboy:
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maLeFunKtion wrote:
"hiding under bed sheets... ...hiding under bed sheets... under bed sheets..." :nyah:
I once knew a girl (actually, she was the daughter of April Wine's Don Henman) who thought the Neil Young was singing "People walking in the freeway" rather than "Keep on rockin' in the free world" :whisper:
Wow... so much hatin'! Just 'cause Bruce is ultra-popular doesn't mean that he's any less of a musician (although, admittedly, that's usually the case). My theory is that he got with the "in-crowd" with his song "Born in the USA", and that's just 'cause they weren't paying close enough attention to the lyrics to be offended. :P
A wonderful LP-Springsteen never topped it.
mojoman wrote:
Does Bruce have to get checked for a hernia after each performance?
lol :lol:
Ohhhh baby lets tie fate between our teeth and sleep in that abandoned beach house. :heartkiss: :hug: :heartkiss:
Sorry, didn't quite catch that... Where is he hiding?
"hiding under bed sheets... ...hiding under bed sheets... under bed sheets..." :nyah:
indypaul wrote:
OK, it's obvious from this and your other comments you hate Bruce. We get it. Now shut up and let those of us who get it enjoy it.To say you hate everything "buy" (sic) this guy exposes your closed mind, not to mention your spelling.
Oh Indipaul, calm down I am not attacking you personally (unlike someone I know.) I am rather embarrassed that I had a typo – after all I am such a close-minded perfectionist! :)
Will this song EVER end??? Terrible!!!! Please don't play it again....
Despite this being his best and maybe even his only decent album, Springsteen is really one artist who is just incredibly overrated.
Love Springsteen. This tune makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
kazuma wrote:
Picking up on those tasty bass lines from Garry Tallent this time.
:cool:
I give it a 10 - even if just for the bass playing on this.
indypaul wrote:
Bruce is Jewish?
:lol:
Picking up on those tasty bass lines from Garry Tallent this time.
dot shows steve the old ticket. nods. three hours. dot.
Cruzan wrote:
Please, Please no more Springstein. The thing that is great about RP is that it plays music of many different genre's that is all musical, enjoyable, and pleasing to the ear. I realize the he is a cultural icon to some, but Bruce's howling is far from musical. IMHO :doh:
Bruce is Jewish?
OK, it's obvious from this and your other comments you hate Bruce. We get it. Now shut up and let those of us who get it enjoy it.To say you hate everything "buy" (sic) this guy exposes your closed mind, not to mention your spelling. icatapult wrote:
i would rather give this and anything buy this guy a "-10" but the rater does not go any lower than 1. :( the boss is no boss o' mine.... I am glad I was late to work to miss this one...
i would rather give this and anything buy this guy a "-10" but the rater does not go any lower than 1. :( the boss is no boss o' mine.... I am glad I was late to work to miss this one...
I don't like much of the standard radio Bruce, but this is pretty cool.
:puke:
Cruzan wrote:
Please, Please no more Springstein. The thing that is great about RP is that it plays music of many different genre's that is all musical, enjoyable, and pleasing to the ear. I realize the he is a cultural icon to some, but Bruce's howling is far from musical. IMHO :doh:
:lol: Bruce isn't going anywhere. guess it sucks to be you.
oufason wrote:
He was alternative until Born in the USA. He never really recovered in my eyes.
Same here. :frown:
Does Bruce have to get checked for a hernia after each performance?
woozurdaddy wrote:
IMHO - BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There's plenty of room for Bruce here...he WAS the alternative back in the day and has stayed true to his spirit. Love this one.....
He was alternative until Born in the USA. He never really recovered in my eyes.
Born to Run is such a great classic album.
Cruzan wrote:
Please, Please no more Springstein. The thing that is great about RP is that it plays music of many different genre's that is all musical, enjoyable, and pleasing to the ear. I realize the he is a cultural icon to some, but Bruce's howling is far from musical. IMHO :doh:
you see the 7.1 rating, yes?
Please, Please no more Springstein. The thing that is great about RP is that it plays music of many different genre's that is all musical, enjoyable, and pleasing to the ear. I realize the he is a cultural icon to some, but Bruce's howling is far from musical. IMHO :doh:
phillips wrote:
i sense a STREET theme... backstreets, dead end street, subterranean homestick alien, the walk... next thing you know, it'll be the backstreet boys. yikes.
If so, time for an intervention....
woozurdaddy wrote:
In this "alternative" world of RP, Bruce is often sloughed off as "corporate" or worse....but.... Bruce is an artist who came out of nowhere, the alternative back in the day, and has stayed true to his vision and his art throughout. No one does it like he does it. A true superstar and visionary. Maybe that's not "alternative", but hearing this great song made my day....
For this sort of alternative, I'll take Southside Johnny. Yeah, yeah, don't tell me how the Asbury Jukes were joined to Springsteen at the hip. I know.
Gawd - the end just made me drop from 2 to 1. :puke:
Bruce, Shaddup.
i sense a STREET theme... backstreets, dead end street, subterranean homestick alien, the walk... next thing you know, it'll be the backstreet boys. yikes.
Being from New Jersey... it's hard to escape Bruce... but, oh how I try. I will never, ever... EVER understand what anybody could possibly see in this guy... I just do not get it.
I had a bird in high school named Fred who LOVED Bruce Springsteen :lol: Fred hated Van Halen...
Ah such a shame. You detractors are so jaded and jejune. This still has it and holds up well in the face of the facile barbs of the unenlightened.
algrif wrote:
I don't know what people see in this guy. Shouting his head off about living in the back streets? Give me the Kinks 'Dead End Street' as a repeat anytime. :grumpy:
I'm with you. This just takes me back to my college days, when people were playing this stuff and I put on my headphones and cranked some Yes or Genesis.
steeler wrote:
Speaks to me. I guess that's the thing about Bruce. The lyrics of his songs either speak to you or they do not. I find it amazing when he is criticized for being trite, insincere, pompous, whatever. I can understand not liking his music, but the man simply exudes integrity. And for those of us with similar life experiences, his stories resonate. He sings about dreams of the common man (or woman), and he sings about redemption. I like those themes.
Couldn't have said it any better!
ScottN wrote:
I notice you have a couple of U2 songs rated at ten. Many find their songs to be "bombastic drivel" too. The question then becomes why label music at all, especially with possibly insulting comments like "bombastic drivel"? Simply understanding that an avowedly eclectic venue will draw a range of opinion ought to be enough, one would think. So if you can't STFU, at least use IMO.
I'd agree that U2 can be bombastic too, but most of their music is not drivel. This song is proof positive that attitude alone (which Bruce has plenty of) does not great music make. Oh... IMO. :)