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Millennials Hate Bruce Springsteen
Salon ^ | FRIDAY, AUG 30, 2013 | EJ Dickson

Posted on 09/01/2013 4:19:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway

An entire generation has dismissed The Boss' music as lame "dad rock." Here's why they're all wrong

Every few weeks or so, I’ll be talking to someone at a bar or club or house party, and the conversation will inevitably turn toward Bruce Springsteen. The exchange is usually as follows:

BAR PATRON/PARTY GUEST: So, what kind of music do you listen to?

ME: Oh, a little bit of everything … blues, jazz, funk, Bruce Springsteen (brief pause) … you know, my tastes are super eclectic.

BAR PATRON/PARTY GUEST: Um, why do you like Springsteen?

ME: So, you don’t like Bruce Springsteen?

BAR PATRON/PARTY GUEST: Ugh. No.

(Long pause)

ME: (Shuffling away while muttering angrily, like an elderly woman being chastised for feeding pigeons) Well, you should.

This person will then enumerate the list of reasons why he dislikes Bruce Springsteen, usually employing four out of six of the following arguments:

He’s old. He sucks. He sucks because he’s old. He’s old because he sucks. He sings about being a member of the working class even though he’s made millions and millions of dollars over the past 30 years “Born in the USA” sucks. In my 24 years as a die-hard Bruce fan, I have had this conversation approximately eight or nine hundred thousand times. While the people on the other end tend to skew toward a specific demographic — white, male, in a creative profession, dating someone with bangs and an Egon Schiele tattoo — they come from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, from Bushwick installation artists to a bouncer I met in Ireland, who used his loathing for “Born in the USA”

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1 posted on 09/01/2013 4:19:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Finally! Something to love about Millenials.

I hated Springsteen before hating Sprinsteen was cool.

That is to say, back in the '70s and '80s.

2 posted on 09/01/2013 4:22:51 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: nickcarraway

And, oh yeah - the “boss” is a flaming liberal hypocrite...


3 posted on 09/01/2013 4:24:01 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: nickcarraway
What's not to hate?

I remember back in the '70's when both Time and Newsweek had him on their covers in successive weeks. I hadn't heard of him yet he was apparently the newest greatest thing...then I heard him. Granted Bob Dylan and Tom Waits both became famous as well but I'll take either of them over Springsteen any day.

4 posted on 09/01/2013 4:25:34 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 2banana

She writes like Maureen Dowd with a vocabulary.


5 posted on 09/01/2013 4:26:30 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: gorush

Always thought he sang like he was trying to pass a bowling ball.


6 posted on 09/01/2013 4:26:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Bruce Springsteen’s music sucks — a real stench in the ear!

The only good thing about that band was Steve Van Zandt — not his playing, but the fact that his visibility from playing with Springsteen landed him the gig playing Sylvio on the Sopranos.

That Springsteen ever sold a single album is completely amazing to me.


7 posted on 09/01/2013 4:27:20 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: 2banana

I am open minded about what other people like, but for me, hell would have Springsteen music playing. I can’t stand him.


8 posted on 09/01/2013 4:27:34 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: nickcarraway

Awww, now look what he's done, he's gone and made Governor Christie sad.

9 posted on 09/01/2013 4:27:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2banana

a flaming libtard hypocrite who campaigned for Ostupid. hard to forget this douchebag


10 posted on 09/01/2013 4:28:32 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: nickcarraway
Give me Southside Johnny any day. He did the Stone Pony/Jersey thing just as good without all the drama.

Love on the Wrong Side of Town

11 posted on 09/01/2013 4:28:33 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: nickcarraway

Salon where the efete meet to bleat


12 posted on 09/01/2013 4:28:42 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m not much of a measure of popular opinion but I can’t find anything the least bit interesting or attractive about either Sinatra or Springsteen.


13 posted on 09/01/2013 4:29:17 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: FlJoePa

Only one good band has come out of Jersey....The Smithereens.


14 posted on 09/01/2013 4:29:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Maceman

I don’t like him either or his music.

He’s a real limo lib.


15 posted on 09/01/2013 4:30:23 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: nickcarraway
"Every few weeks or so, I’ll be talking to someone at a bar or club or house party, and the conversation will inevitably turn toward Bruce Springsteen."

LOL! I've been in my share of bars in the last 45 years, and this has never happened to me!

16 posted on 09/01/2013 4:30:39 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: nickcarraway

Springsteen has his jerky qualities, but “The River” is about as good as rock and roll gets.


17 posted on 09/01/2013 4:31:27 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: nickcarraway

New Jersey. Enough said.


18 posted on 09/01/2013 4:32:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

How about because he’s a Leftist tool, insists on reading Krugman, and his music SUCKS!


19 posted on 09/01/2013 4:32:52 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: nickcarraway
I was in my early teens when "everybodys got a hungry heart" came out. Even then I thought "now that's a stupid, silly , pointless song." And what's more the singing style sounded cheap and affected. The only thing I liked of his was "blinded by the light" and that was when it was covered by Manfred Mann.

CC

20 posted on 09/01/2013 4:33:28 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Celtic Conservative

The only other thing Bruce was good for was when Robin Williams imitated Elmer Fudd singer “Fire”.


21 posted on 09/01/2013 4:34:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Seconded.

CC

22 posted on 09/01/2013 4:35:07 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: nickcarraway

He sounds like a mashed cat. ugh, never liked him.


23 posted on 09/01/2013 4:35:17 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dfwgator

I thought you loved the Looking Glass.


24 posted on 09/01/2013 4:35:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Watch a few of his shows on YouTube, then look me in the eye and tell me he doesn’t fit into your life, somehow; that he doesn’t make you feel exhilarated and overwhelmed and joyful and heartbroken and hot-blooded and alive.

I looked the idiot writer in the eye. He's been measured and found wanting.

25 posted on 09/01/2013 4:37:10 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Maceman
"The only good thing about that band was Steve Van Zandt — not his playing, but the fact that his visibility from playing with Springsteen landed him the gig playing Sylvio on the Sopranos."

Then you should check out "Lilyhammer" on Netflix. He is the star of the show. Its about a Mob Boss who turns states evidence and they relocate him in Lillehammer Norway...

26 posted on 09/01/2013 4:37:38 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Celtic Conservative

The Springsteen version of that sounds like Van Morrison. What about “Fire” by the Pointer Sisters or “Pink Cadillac” by Natalie Cole?


27 posted on 09/01/2013 4:39:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Used to like his music but he is an insane liberal. I can do without him.


28 posted on 09/01/2013 4:39:28 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: dfwgator
Only one good band has come out of Jersey....The Smithereens.

Thank You! I thought I was the only one :-)

29 posted on 09/01/2013 4:41:20 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: Mad Dawgg

Wow. You can’t get decent scungilli in Norway?


30 posted on 09/01/2013 4:42:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dfwgator
I like Kim Carnes version better. The robin williams imitation was drop dead funny. Another imitation on one of his albums was classical opera singer Beverly Sills singing Rod Stewarts "if ya think i'm sexy". Also drop dead funny. It was some of his earlier stuff if I recall

CC

31 posted on 09/01/2013 4:42:32 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Celtic Conservative

“I’m dwiving in my cawww....you turn on the wadio....”


32 posted on 09/01/2013 4:43:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Texas Eagle

Me, too. Never was impressed with him.


33 posted on 09/01/2013 4:45:03 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: nickcarraway
"Wow. You can’t get decent scungilli in Norway?"

And that pretty much IS the show. Him adapting to life there while showing the natives a thing or two "Jersey Style"...

34 posted on 09/01/2013 4:45:41 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Texas Eagle

Me too.


35 posted on 09/01/2013 4:46:59 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: nickcarraway
Bruce's music is tolerable to me usually if it is covered by someone with singing talent like the pointer sisters or Natalie Cole. So I guess I give him props as a writer but not a singer.

CC

37 posted on 09/01/2013 4:47:43 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: nickcarraway
I skeeve from Springsteen because he sold out long, long ago. When he started out, playing college auditoriums and clubs the size of my living room on the Jersey shore, I was one of his first fans. I went backstage to meet him. I called him on the phone when he was appearing on college radio stations. I loved his musicianship on the first two albums. He had great originality. Then came the "Born in the USA" era, he began to mimic all the loud, loud bands, the driving beat, and the amplifiers the size of sports cars stacked three high. I was taken so by surprise by that at the Tower Theater in Philly that I think my slight hearing loss happened at that concert. But I was still willing to give him an open mind until he dumped his wife and went off with his electric violinist. I really don't care that they have stayed together.

And all that was even before his ridiculous sell-out to the Social Democrat Union Labor Grievance Entitlement Party.

Ptui.

38 posted on 09/01/2013 4:48:06 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

Can we impeach Bruce Springstein?


39 posted on 09/01/2013 4:48:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

The problem with that is, I think, that someone like that would stick out too much in Lillyhammer. Does Witsec actually relocate people outside the U.S.?


40 posted on 09/01/2013 4:49:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Texas Eagle

“I hated Springsteen before hating Sprinsteen was cool.”

I don’t hate Springsteen. His music is honest, but of mediocre quality.

I did not understand his stardom, I don’t understand the current dislike.

He seems like a decent enough performer. Mostly mediocre.

What is there to like or dislike ?


41 posted on 09/01/2013 4:49:52 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: nickcarraway

Springsteen’s real problem is that he has not aged well at all. As a songwriter he penned some great hits, just listen to Southside Johnny and Patti Smith. Some people love the way he performs while many others know he sucks.


42 posted on 09/01/2013 4:49:53 PM PDT by panzer_grey
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To: nickcarraway

I’m a musician. Play for fun now, used to do session work, have played for recording artists.

BS (I like that) has written one good song. “The Fever”, which he wrote for Southside Johnny.


43 posted on 09/01/2013 4:50:37 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: nickcarraway
Springsteen's music is basically an attempt to reconnect early 60s rhythm & blues and early 60s rock & roll in a rootsy, bar band kind of way - while trying to inject early 60s folk and early 60s union/socialist rhetoric into the mix.

His goal seems to be "authenticity" - which he tries to achieve through careful artifice.

His first album was released around the same time as American Graffiti - a time of maudlin nostalgia.

Lucas and Springsteen were both twenty-somethings mourning their lost teenage years and blaming Vietnam for the fact that time passes.

44 posted on 09/01/2013 4:51:35 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
well, there's three of us now. Did you know the song " a girl like you" was supposed to be the title track for the movie "say anything" but was rejected?

CC

45 posted on 09/01/2013 4:51:52 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Texas Eagle
I hated Springsteen before hating Sprinsteen was cool.

I can't put my finger on what it is about his music that I don't dig. But there is something about it that just doesn't speak to me like it has millions of others (makes one wonder about peer pressure).

Kind of the same with U2. Just didn't feel it. Do remember when U2 hit the "scene" as it were, and I recall the girls all saying "I love U2"... Something about them, and their music that never spoke to me. Not that it's bad per se, just that other artists' material was better.

Steely Dan

46 posted on 09/01/2013 4:52:20 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: FlJoePa

I saw Southside Johnny about 20 years ago at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano just before he moved back to Jersey.


47 posted on 09/01/2013 4:52:48 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Celtic Conservative

“Green Thoughts” and “Especially For You” are desert island discs for me.


48 posted on 09/01/2013 4:53:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
LOL! going to youtube now to watch it....

CC

49 posted on 09/01/2013 4:53:53 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Ouderkirk

What about Steely Dan?


50 posted on 09/01/2013 4:54:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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