Skip to comments.Bruce Springsteen's latest ode to the "common man"
Posted on 04/07/2006 5:18:48 AM PDT by bagadonutz
'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' features Bruce's personal interpretations of thirteen traditional songs, all of them associated with the legendary guiding light of American folk music, Pete Seeger, for whom the album is named. Speaking of the origins of the new music, Springsteen said, "So much of my writing, particularly when I write acoustically, comes straight out of the folk tradition. Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds... they can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words." Springsteen recorded the album with a large ensemble.
Well, there's $15 or $20 I can save easily. Springsteen is overrated.
Who? didn't he used to be somebody?
And after a hard day's championing of "the common man",Springsteen goes home to his $30 million mansion.
As much as I want to agree with you, "Nebraska" tends to refute your point. It was Bruce's first solo acoustical album and it was excellent. Somewhere around the "Born in the USA" timeframe Springsteen copped this holier than thou, self rightous attitude and has gone downhill ever since. His last, Devils and Dirt, was so bad I couldn't believe this was the same guy who did "Darkness on the Edge of Town" or "The River".
yeah Springsteen with all his millions can aford to be a communist.....at least till the state takes it all away from him....
The Boss that I knew as a teenager was kidnapped my socialist, bleeding heart aliens and replaced by one of their own. This happened in the mid-eighties somewhere around Nebraska.
Actually I meant to say "Devils and Dust" not Devils and Dirt.
I did like the early 90's song 'Human touch' (song, not album), but I agree he's been going downhill, much like U2 who adopted that 'holier than thou' attitude right around the same time Brucey did. And a bucketload of other artists as well, come to think og it. That alien theory of yours might not be so crazy.
DC Chapter, the REAL ROCKERS!
Of course, as far as I'm concerned, Greetings and The Wild have mostly just novelty value and everything after Born In The U.S.A. is either corny, annoying or both.
Born To Run, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Nebraska, The River and Born In The U.S.A. (with reservations) are the only records by Springsteen worth owning in their entirety.
The other 10 or so just aren't good records - some rise to the level of mediocre.
You're absolutely right. "Nebraska," "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "The River" -- and also his breakthrough album, "Born to Run" -- are the real deal. The rest are forgettable indeed.
The River -- hands down -- one of the great rock albums of all time.
Springsteen doing Pete Seeger sounds like a waste of plastic.
Woops, didn't see your comment. Agreed, "Born in the U.S.A." isn't all bad either, though it's well behind the other four.
Now, if royalties were limited to 14 years, he actually try to put effort into making stuff people want to hear.
Perfect summation of the Carter years.
Whoops, that's "self-perpetuating" rather than "self-perputating "
That darn spell checker!
The best definition of a liberal: Someone with all the right ideas and the resources to avoid their consequences.
A lot of very famous artists before MTV came along wouldn't get signed these days because they wouldn't have the 'right' stage presence or looks.
MTV and all it's derivatives suck.
Confession: I did like them between about '85 and '89 when they actually played music videos.
10 Springsteens couldn't equal one Bob Segar, in my humble opinion.
it's bruce who now lives in the mansion on the hill
Do not get me started about treasonous, anti-American, degenerate old fart Pete Seeger.
And do not ever get me started about "folk music". Yech, barf, puke!!!
Use A Folk Guitar, Go To Jail!
Hippy Dippy "Folk Singers" for Communism!
As for Seeger, yeah, he was a communist, but one reason communism was able to take root in the US is that at first it misrepresented itself as a movement that actually had to do something with communities. I think Seeger and others of his era (i.e. Steinbeck) were generally patriotic Americans who got suckered into a belief system that was ultimately exposed as the the tentacles of a monster.
One of my favorite and most used quotes comes from Pete Seeger:
Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
"Confession: I did like them between about '85 and '89 when they actually played music videos"
Yes, there was actually a brief period when it was fun and good.
Now it's just another wing of the MSM trying to tell us what's good for us and how to think and live.
I don't know, Bruce was always up for liberal causes. Remember the No Nukes concert at MSG? Difference was, back then he could be forgiven because he was the best rock musician in the world.
Whoever told this guy he could sing should be 86'ed from the planet.
Yeah, looking back he was always a liberal wanker, but at least he could let it go and for the most part have a good time at a show. Now he plays all his oldies like they're durges. I hear he has a hissy fit when people clap, sing and dance at his shows. Totally wrapped up in his own worls.
"Well, there's $15 or $20 I can save easily. Springsteen is overrated."
Even though I'm laughing at your comment, I'm in total agreement with it. He's WAY overrated.
Only Springsteen song (version) I like was "Born to be Wild." Not much else. And when he decided to go P.C. (Philadelphia) I began changing stations whenever I heard his voice.
By the way: Remember Seger's song "Tomorrow". It's on his "Best of... #2" album. he asks. "What happens if neutrinos have mass?". They just announced earlier this week: Neutrinos have mass.
Guys were only into folk music to get chicks.
Just like the classic line from Animal House.
"Just mention modern art, civil rights or folk music, and youre in like flint."
ROFL, you're right.
We guys are so noble and selfless aren't we? We're only interested in all the good altrustic things. Food, booze, sex, cars and sports.
Does he still live in Rumson NJ?
Except that it was written to condemn Reagan's economy, if I'm not mistaken.
I want to find and kill the person who gave Springsteen the Woody Guthrie albums and John Steinbeck books.
Don't know.But,knowing his ilk,I'll wager that he's living in lower Fairfield County,CT....Darien,New Canaan,Greenwich.
When we lived in NJ, about 20 yrs. ago, some friends of ours scored big and got a great price on a house in Rumson, just down the street from Oyster Bay. It was truly the case of the worst house in the best neighborhood, and they were fixing it up a little at a time. I remember riding with her one day in the area, and she pointed out The Boss's house. It was a HUGH home on a lot that looked to be probably 3 or 4 acres, which for Rumson is also HUGH! Don't know if he stayed there or not. It wasn't too far from his old stomping grounds in Asbury Park.
That was the first concert I ever attended, at the tender age of 16.
After about three hours of mostly folkie crapola like James Taylor and Jackson Browne, the whole place went dark. Then a blue spotlight shown on the center of the stage, where Springsteen was playing the opening licks to "Prove it All Night." The place went nuts and screamed along with him. When the band joined in for the chorus, every light in the Garden came on and every single person was dancing on top of their chairs, like it was the greatest encore ever, and it was still the first song!
He absolutely blew the roof off the place. There was never a band like them in their prime.
You are mistaken. The River came out in 1980. Jimmah was the president.
And the song premiered the year before at the No Nuke's concert.
I cringe when I'm out at a bar/restaurant eating dinner and some wuss singer/songwriter wannabe starts twangin' on his guitar getting ready to start his 'show'.
It's almost as bad as being there for karaoke.
Bruce Springsteen: Irrelevant since 1987.
Bruce Springsteen: No talent hack. He should still be struggling in some New Jersey dive.
Oops, I guess I'm wrong. I didn't even know who he was until the early 80's, and I lived in NJ at the time!
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