Skip to comments.Springsteen regrets record deal
Posted on 01/31/2009 10:46:45 PM PST by kcvl
Rock star Bruce Springsteen has said it was a "mistake" to exclusively release an album with US retail giant Wal-Mart.
The musician told the New York Times: "Our batting average is usually very good, but we missed that one."
Some fans complained about the deal, saying claims made against Wal-Mart's labour practices conflicted with Springsteen's principles on the issue.
He is due to perform during the interval at Sunday's Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
"We were in the middle of doing a lot of things, it kind of came down and, really, we didn't vet it the way we usually do," said the musician.
"It was something that if we'd thought about it a little longer, we'd have done something different.
"Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be," added Springsteen.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
Another sellout entertainer.
In an earlier interview with Billboard magazine, Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau said the release was not advertising the store, while his existing albums are already stocked there.
He’s a liar. Everyone knows the left hates Walmart. He wants the money and to be able to denounce the deal at the same time.
Where else was he going to sell them?
WalMart must have made he a deal him couldn’t refuse or else he wouldn’t have done it. Money talks, ‘Boss’. You just proved it. Just because he has his ‘fans’ fooled doesn’t mean he has everyone fooled.
Yo Bruce ...SHUT UP ... I bet the Check cashes JUST FINE!! If it’s so hard on your Conscience, send me the check.. Ican cash it and Sleep JUST FINE!!
Walmart should have made BRUCE do the Walmart TOUR. Stage is a Flatbed Tractor Trailer, and perform live the songs on the EXCLUSIVE Album. Hell, I even got to meet the MONKEES, and a couple of the “Monkees of the 90’s” 2 or 3 BOY BANDS (O-Town,etc)
His fans would have stormed him and Put the BOSS into an Early Retirement.
Well Brucey Woocey, greed can make us do some crazy things. Go count your money and deal with it chump!
Springsteen’s a liar.
He is a rocker that has faded. No one really cares for his style of 1980s music today. No one under the age of 25 is going to buy his stuff. So he is absolutely dependent on the over 40 crowd to remember him and his political antics (or to forget his political antics). Wal-Mart offered him the only golden-ticket in town. They believe they can sell a significant number and he basically had no other takers. Without Wal-Mart’s help, this CD was destined to be forgotten within four weeks.
The sad part of this story is that washed-up rockers have no real opportunity to recapture anything from their past. There are a few exceptions (KISS, for example). But if Springsteen was going to arrange a concert tour and travel through the south, midwest and west coast with 30 appearances, then I’d imagine that half of the appearances would be canceled because of lack of interest.
Only a suggestion here Bruce...but you might have opportunity up in Branson, Missouri. Get up a dinner stage show and sell $22 dinner coupons with a five song show...and you might fill up the audience. Just remember not to state your politics.
Bruce, I love your music.
But on this issue, do not say your are sorry, you went in eyes wide open.
You could make amends by sending 100% of receipts to charity (and not ACORN)
Doubt that I could honestly tell anyone that I know of a song this guy has recorded.
Paging Mike Appel.
Please pick up the “stupid move” phone.
The day the music died.
Went from “Born in th USA” when Springsteen was the “BOSS”
To born in Mexico
Made in China.
What has happened to America? Just like Springsteen
WE SOLD OUT!
The pastor at church today encouraged everyone to watch the Springsteen show at superbowl. On the way out, I asked him if he thought the Boss would sing any of his songs about adultery.
He did not see my point, so I told him that Bruce is a wretch.
(I may be making too much of this, but I don’t think so.)
WalMart has a reputation for selling crap, so why not sell his album there as well?
What a Moron!
You'll rethink everything Springsteen, Dylan, and numerous other American "Idols."
So the American way is to demand that crappy products only be made in America? So the Patriotic thing is for American Consumers to pay 25% more for stuff of the same crappy quality but made in America.
When people bought American it was because our products were the gold standard of Quality. Now we have companies like GM that instead of modeling Toyota’s quality have decided to not change how they do business or make there product but demand that Uncle Sam bails them out.
Get paid first, then bash Wal-Mart.
Don’t worry Bruce, I didn’t think any worse of you for it. Actually, I couldn’t so that wasn’t difficult.
How about being buttfuc*ed by greed?
Why did the pastor encourage people to watch Springsteen?
He saw huge corporation and lots of money. Money is and was his mottivation.
Will he give the money back on behalf of the “people” or will he keep it.
Typical liberal hypocrite.
brucie, at the height of his career, fired his band employees (e-street band) leaving them jobless or with small gigs while he made millions more by not sharing with his employees.
brucie became "the man" focused on making money and not sharing with his employees that helped him achieve power and riches. What would stalin say?
Anyone who shops at Walmart must hate the U.S. If you shop there, your dollars are helping to maintain and encourage inhumane working conditions in mainland China. If you’re a true American, you will find another place to shop and not support a company that is the largest importer of Chinese goods in the world. If you want to support the communists, just send a check to Beijing.
From this link....
...With the kitties being significantly younger than the recent Super Bowl halftime entertainment, and more active, Animal Planet was onto something. The Bissell Kitty Half-Time Show is now a permanent part of the Puppy Bowl.
Heh heh heh....
Mabye he could move to the middle east where they take our foreign aid and hate us at the same time.
He didn’t make a mistake, he is a mistake.
I do not understand how this could be a “mistake” or how they “missed that one.” It is not as if Wal-Mart is unknown. It is not as if Wal-Mart’s “labor practices” were unknown at the time he signed the agreement.
Walmart should claim he breached the contract by bad-mouthing them, then dump his CDs on a truck and return them, never to be restocked.
“Why did the pastor encourage people to watch Springsteen?”
Cause he think rock’n’roll is harmless fun? ... cause he is cool and wants people to like him? ... cause he’s “living in the flesh”? ... I can’t explain it.
Was he undermining parental authority? If I was the only one who found it offensive ... what does that say about middle America? Maybe the Boss is not as decadent as I think he is.
(I was out of town and go to this church a few times per year. Not where I usually attend.)
Go ahead and import your lead paint toys and melamine contaminated milk. If it saves you a buck you get what you pay for. It won’t matter to your property values when your neighbors lose their jobs to a foreign source and lose their houses and there is nobody to come buy them back.
Look at Detroit and that is a prime example of what happens to a city built on industry that has been regulated and taxed out of business by the government. That picture will be coming to a city near you very soon. You want to support the turd world, you will get their economics and standard of living in your neighborhood.
America don’t make crappy products. American products have been under the watchful eye of countless inspectors looking at safety for decades. The crappy products are low quality imports, which aren’t held to the same standards as American products. If those crappy foreign products were held to the same standards of quality and safety, the cost would be very similar.
And if you think it is ok for your neighbor to be out of work because you sent your money to China, you are unAmerican. Your stupidity will catch up with your job security eventually. Freakin incredible.
Springsteen is and always has been a shallow phony.
Go Wal-Mart! Only in America! My neighbor lost his job and is using his Wal-Mart dividends to pay his utilities.
I urge EVERYONE TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL WHEN SPRINGSTEEN COMES ON!
Tivo and all those services keep track of who is watching what.
DO NOT WATCH SPRINGSTEEN.
(if you have a phone line hooked to your box this means you)
Please tell me where you shop that sells only American goods. I don’t know any retail store that doesn’t sell products from other countries including China. I don’t believe you buy only made in America products, period.
Why do you think that’s a good thing? I think it’s incredibly sad when people no so little about the arts and popular culture..and then boast about it. Springsteen is a legend, whether you guys like it or not. The fact you don’t know who he is says much more about you than about him. If I were you, I wouldn’t go around toutiing my ignorance.
2. I hate to break this to you but cheap things like toys and other easy to make products like housewares and the such have been made over seas for well over half a century. This ain't anything new.
3.As for Job Security, let's see who is better off, the worker at an auto plant in the south owned by a foreign auto company or the guy in Flint Michigan who works for an “American” auto company like one of the big three, but lost his job not because the factory closed but because the company moved the factory to Canada? It is the foreign companies who are building their quality cars in America, it is the “American” companies that are building theirs overseas because of either cheap labor or because they can foist their health care expenses on the local taxpayers (Canada).
4. You will get no argument out of me that we over tax and regulate our industry. Things will probably only get worse unfortunately.
5. There is nothing Patriotic about buying from a company soulie because that company happens to HQ in Detroit, Madison Avenue, or somewhere else in the states. Most of the time those “American Companies” have their actual operations in other cheaper countries where as foreign firms, especially those building high input items like cars, tend to have their operations over here because it is cheaper to assemble them here then to ship them across the ocean.
6.Yeah China has horrible regulatory oversight, but so do we. Or have you forgotten about the problem with our spinach a couple summers ago or how about more recently with the Salmonella outbreak with Peanuts? Or maybe the problem with say Ford F-150’s engines Catching fire in peoples Garages?
7. As for me being “Un-American” when I find a quality American product I buy it. I drive a 2000 Chevy Blazer, which was built and assembled in the USA. I have had no problem’s with her at all and I am well over 100,000 miles on her. When American companies get back to making high quality products, there will be no stopping us.
He is an legend, but I don’t know I just don’t get what is so great about his music. But then again I was born in ‘86. My sister thinks he is great. Listening to his music though, I just don’t get what was so great. Then again I think the eighties was just an awful period for Pop-Culture (though nothing beats the horror that was the Seventies).
86! You’re just a baby! Listen to the album, BORN TO RUN, and come back and tell me you don’t like it.
Springsteen sucks in all ways. Period.