Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Glory Days” (1984)

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I’m pretty sure that I annoyed the neighbors more with “Glory Days” than any other track on Born In The USA. It just begs to be turned up louder than hell. That was the case back in ’84 and it’s still true today, though the obvious difference now is that I can actually identify with folks sitting around and telling boring stories of the old glory days.

Musically, this is just a three-chord rocker, but decked out with the E-Street frills of keyboards and mandolin. Why did it resonate so highly with my young ears? Maybe it was just the invitation to start up another boozy sing-along. The story of the busted marriage carried no weight with me at the time, since I was naive enough to think that kind of thing could never happen to me. So, you know, just turn this danged thing UP!

Also, MTV sure loved the video…and so did I. The club segment really captured the E Street live vibe (and was so much better than the horror show that’s the topic of next week’s Sparks Fly).

Up next: Dancing In The Dark

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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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