Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Jackson Cage" (1980)

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As Bruce related in his recent SXSW Keynote speech, The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out Of His Place” is the keystone of much of his music. People are stuck in their situations and desperate to get out. Amidst jangling guitars and garage-band keyboard lines, “Jackson Cage” tells that very story. The music drives forward, adding some tension by seeming to never resolve. By the time that last chord comes crashing down, it’s too late to get out.

I love this 2009 rendition but man, it looks very strange to see Bruce strapping on a 12-string electric.

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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 reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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