Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" (1980)

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“You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” is yet another blast of driving, River-style garage rock. The lyrics morph quickly from store-based objects of desire to what’s really important: the girl.

Oh, the pain. The last verse of this song has our protagonist at lover’s lane with none other than Dirty Annie. Things seem to be getting on when…there’s a knock on the window. OK, so I’ve seen this particular cliché tons of times in movies and whatnot, but I’ve never experienced it myself. Still, I feel for this guy. It had to be a humiliating experience. Also, kinda painful. To quote our own Mr. Springsteen from this year’s SXSW keynote address:

The soundtrack for your incredibly, wonderful limp-your-ass, blue-balled walk back home after the dance. Oh! And it hurt so good.

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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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