Saturday, February 27, 2010
A classic from my law school days, "Dancing in the Dark."
You know who the girl is, right?
Nice - a fellow late 80s survivor. But do you have postable "On the Loose" - Saga; "99 Luft Ballons" - Nena; or "Always Something There to Remind Me" - Naked Eyes. Find Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, and J.J. Jackson and you've "put the band back together."
Years before this 1984 video got made -- especially during the second half of the 1978 Darkness Tour -- Bruce would often spontaneously pick girls out of the audience to dance on stage. He's been doing it again on recent tours -- but the girls are more likely to be eight or nine years old, not eighteen or twenty. The beat goes on ...
The album "Born in the USA" was pretty much in the can until producer Jon Landau said it had nothing he could use as a lead single. He ordered Bruce to go off and write something quick, whence "Dancing in the Dark."
I saw him up close in concert in 1980. He sweats a lot.
Bruce is and was a pretty contrived stage presence. Early in his career, I think it was kinda genuine, but after 1975, is was all ......acting!
A friend of mine crashed a post concert backstage party after a Springsteen concert, and was amused how the roadies got the less attractive girls out of the post concert party before Bruce and the band came in.
It "was all .... acting!"
I'm 30 years old!
Skip to 1:18 ... And I thought he really passed out!
Bruce turned 30 moments before as the show went past midnight. The header says "1980" but it was actually Sep 22, 1979.
If I had just one song to have a Bruce newbie see live it'd be this:
Land of Hope And Dreams
Warning: it's ten minutes.
This isn't acting. Written to close the show during the 1999 - 2000 tour, it's Bruce & Band at their tent show revival best. It gives everyone in the band a role.
I once heard an old 1930s folk song on Sunday Night WFUV -- I'm sure Bruce heard it somewhere too. Take that with Woodie Guthrie and Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready in a Bruce blender and you have it.
You could play it at an Obama rally -- Bruce actually has. love the aspiration ... I just disagree on the methods.
Blogger Progressively Defensive said...
Nice - a fellow late 80s survivor. Find Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, and J.J. Jackson and you've "put the band back together."
Actually XM radio employs these notables om their 8 for 80's channel as DJ's.