Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Cover Me” (1984)

I kind of had my doubts about “Cover Me” early on, mostly because 1984 wasn’t very far from the disco era and I hadn’t shaken off the remnants of my snotty “Disco Sucks” attitude (which was in itself a lie, but that’s a topic for another day).

Despite that stuttering and perhaps too-insistent beat, I was won over by the blazing guitar parts. Sure, it’s a fairly simple rocker but sometimes that’s all a person needs. Check out this killer verion Paris in 1985. The reverb-soaked intro builds up some decent tension before the launch, and Bruce really tears into it near the end.

Up next: Darlington County

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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 writes several 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.
  • JC Mosquito

    “Cover Me” – as totally forgettable as “Adam Raised a Cain.”

  • Mark Saleski

    sorry, Adam is one of the many highlights on Darkness.