Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Hungry Heart" (1980)

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Well, here’s one that didn’t get away. Bruce had written “Hungry Heart” for the Ramones but Jon Landau thought it was a keeper. Great advice there as the song was a huge hit.

Now, there are some folks in the fan base who can do without this song. Maybe it’s been overplayed. Maybe it’s worn out its welcome. Nah! Here’s the thing: there are some fans out there who just can’t stand happy Springsteen tunes. This one indeed has that classic E-Street sound, with the chiming glockenspiel and Clarence honking away at the bottom end. It’s pure joy, which seems to be an emotion lost on some people.

And as much as I try to never impart my “singing” on the world, at a show I will gladly sing along with the first chorus of “Hungry Heart.” Every time.

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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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