for a very long time i had a bruce springsteen poster over my bed.
def all through college.
one reason was in 1984 when born in the usa came out, and catapulted the jersey rocker from arenas to stadiums, i saw the light at the LA Sports Arena.
it was right around this time of year. the album was so popular in part because nearly all the songs were so good. how is that possible on your 7th album? (Shut up U2’s Joshua Tree).
But seriously almost all of these songs got heavy radio (and MTV) play from 84-86:
- Side one
- “Born in the U.S.A.” – 4:39
- “Cover Me” – 3:27
- “Darlington County” – 4:48
- “Working on the Highway” – 3:11
- “Downbound Train” – 3:35
- “I’m on Fire” – 2:37
- Side two
- “No Surrender” – 4:00
- “Bobby Jean” – 3:46
- “I’m Goin’ Down” – 3:29
- “Glory Days” – 4:15
- “Dancing in the Dark” – 4:00
- “My Hometown” – 4:34
One of the biggest lessons I learned from Born in the USA was about backlash.
Even though the themes are relatively tame (except for the title track), some people had just had ENOUGH of springsteen and his alleged nationalistic tornado that blew around the planet on a world tour that filled the biggest venues in the land.
While sitting in the very back of the LA Coliseum with 100,000 of my closest friends i thought about those haters. And I concluded that no matter what you do: write love songs, raise awareness about local homelessness, and freaking rock the house each and every night: some people just gonna hate.
So relax. You will never do anything as successful as this album and tour. So if they’re gonna protest and talk trash about Bruce, of course they’re gonna hate on you too. So rock and ignore the buzzing feedback. If anything shove that guitar right in the amp and bring more.
Happy birthday Boss.