A workingman’s song, one built for mashing the gas pedal down with your steel-toed boot, “Hurry Up Sundown” heralds an unexpected gift
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E Street Band member Nils Lofgren admits that their induction last week into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a bittersweet experience — because it came too late for fellow long-time Bruce Springsteen collaborators Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.
At first listen, this sounded like the Devils & Dust odd man out. The chorus is definitely something of an outlier with its sing-song, uplifting notes. I suppose you could say that the underlying story is uplifting as well, certainly when compared with the rest of the album.
You know, forget the “controversy.” Sure, Starbucks didn’t want to carry Devils and Dust because of this song’s “explicit” lyrics. Well, good for them. I don’t buy their stuff anyway. I tell you though, sometimes it feels like this country will never grow up.
‘It makes me dream in CinemaScope’: The E Street Band still provides spark for Bruce Springsteen’s muse
Even as the E Street Band follows Bruce Springsteen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, some 15 years after the Boss’ induction, putting their impact on his career into perspective remains difficult.
The story is that Bruce wrote “All The Way Home” for his friend Southside Johnny, who released it on his Better Days album in 1991. Many years later, a Springsteen version shows up on Devils & Dust.
Parodying Bruce Springsteen has become something of a cottage industry, dating back at least to Ben Stiller’s memorable “Counting with Bruce Springsteen” sketch in the early 1990s. More recently, Jimmy Fallon has joined in the fun — often with a game Springsteen along for the ride.
When Devils & Dust was released, I was in the middle of a vacation. Late at night, sitting in a big comfy chair at our hotel, I sipped a glass of scotch while I listened.
‘Very, very hard to top’: Bruce Springsteen on capturing the E Street Band’s concert energy in the studio
Bruce Springsteen admits that capturing the energy and focus of concert staples like “Ghost of Tom Joad” and “American Skin” on his recent High Hopes album was difficult.
Written for the decay and subsequent revival of Asbury Park, “My City Of Ruins” has taken on many other roles since its release. For my money, the most moving and powerful context that Springsteen placed it in began with the gospel and horn-drenched unveiling at that legendary Apollo Theater show.