Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Adam Raised A Cain" (1978)

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Bruce’s relationship with his father, described elliptically with Biblical imagery and tense, angry music. When I first heard Darkness, the LoudGuitarNerd™ in me totally dug the distorted guitar lines that this song is built around. Bruce takes that solo, one that has everything to do with strangled, barely-controlled passion, which then pauses for that anguished, almost tribal cry…before dropping back into the next even more feverish verse. It’s a moment so common on this album, where emotions run high and dark — and relentless.

The video shown below is the opener from a Boston show I saw back in 1999. They kind of telegraphed it by setting up a wall of slowly-building feedback. That was no spoiler though as they pretty much exploded into it. And yeah, so did we.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at [email protected]
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