Springsteen: Thunder Road, Hammersmith Odeon, 1975


I’m actually not the world’s biggest Bruce Springsteen fan, but this is pretty close to perfection.


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Springsteen: Thunder Road, Hammersmith Odeon, 1975

  1. Two things:

    1 – the Springsteen line, “you ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright” is just about the greatest line in a rock and roll.

    2 – Did you see the McCain youtube clip: “Obama’s Iraq Documentary”. Pretty interesting. Almost 8 minutes long – with 25,00 views in a single day. TV may have killed our attention span, but the internet is raising it from the dead. (Compare as well, how many views on You Tube Obama’s race speech got and it was 30 minutes!)

  2. Ah, but you’re assuming that every person watched it to the end.

  3. Obama? McCain? Bah. They might know politics, but they’ve got little-or-no Elvis in them (Obama some, McCain none). First Commandment of rock ‘n’ roll: keep it short.

  4. I guess we toss Bohemian Rhapsody then? (And whole chunk of Time Out of Mind).

  5. OK, I’ll grant you, there are always exceptions (“First Guideline” just doesn’t have the same ooomph). Someone like Dylan — if there is anyone like Dylan — can pull off a lot, if not quite everything. Queen? I like them, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” is as much in the show-tune line as it is rock. Nothing wrong with that, of course.

  6. It really is a show tune, ain’t it? Now, “Fat Bottom Girls” – there’s a rock song you can roll to!

  7. “the Springsteen line, “you ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright” is just about the greatest line in a rock and roll”

    Sometimes, for no apparent reason, another line from Springsteen, “the poets down here don’t write nothin’ at all, they just stand back and let it all be”, occurs to me as I read through blog comment strings.

  8. Thanks, Paul, great. I’ve always thought re. “greatest line in a rock and roll song”, there’s “Why the world dont know what me and Wayne might do….” from Darlington County.
    It really captures Springsteen’s self-awareness. It loves the tragic bravado of youth, if I may say so because, yes, “Baby, I’ve been drinking…”.
    In fact the entire verse is perfect.

    Hey little girl standing on the corner
    Todays your lucky day for sure all right
    Me and my buddy we’re from New York City
    We got two hundred dollars we want to rock all night
    Girl you’re looking at two big spenders
    Why the world dont know what me and Wayne might do
    Our pas each own one of the world trade centers
    For a kiss and a smile I’ll give mine all to you
    Come on baby take a seat on my fender
    It’s a long night and tell me what else were you gonna do
    Just me and you we could

    Sha la la..

  9. The Counting Crows do a pretty mean cover that mixes in their own “Rain King” with “Thunder Road.” Stream is here.

  10. In response to chuckercanuck on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 11:38 am about one of the greatest lines in rock and roll, I disagree. I have always hated that Springsteen line, “You ain’t a beauty but hey, you’re alright.” I hope Mary went on to find someone more outwardly appreciative of her true beauty.

  11. Andy, I love it when a band covers someone else’s material and makes it their own. I’m not the world’s biggest Counting Crows fan but I’m glad I heard that. Thanks.

  12. OK, having stated that I’m “not the world’s biggest fan” of Springsteen AND Counting Crows, I suppose I should quantify: I’m more of a Springsteen fan. I even mentioned Springsteen and Morton Feldman in the acknowledgements to my book, and nobody ever mentioned it or asked who Morton Feldman is, thus proving that nobody reads acknowledgements.

  13. We went to the Harley Davidson 105th Celebration and decided to get tickets for Bruce Springsteen. We aren’t huge fans, but, wanted to see a “Rock Icon” and be a part of the big ending celebration. We waited in the sun for a couple of hours when I was already sunburned. Had to put up with the VERY RUDE Springsteen fans. They alone made me a Bruce hater. There was a section closed off for people with a special band and we were by the fence of this section. Those that didn’t get into that section proceeded to push us forward into the fence to get closer, bribe the security people or just push right past them to make a run for it! Harley people aren’t usually like this. These fans couldn’t possibly have been real riders. At one point I thought I was going to get pushed down and trampled on.

    After waiting through two lousy bands we were finally to the main attraction. Being at a biker rally I really thought he would have opened with “Born to Run”, would it have killed him? The song I wanted to hear most! After an hour and a half we left having only heard 1 song we knew! As we left with the steady stream of fellow, disgusted bikers we heard the same theme over and over….why didn’t he play music most of us knew. At least at the 100th we knew the words to the songs by Elton John!

    As far as entertainment value, I could really only see the monitors and didn’t need to continuously see his butt or a close up of him playing guitar. There were people WAY in the back and he catered to those at the stage. The rude people! He could take a lesson from Kid Rock. Kid Rock put on a high energy show, a mix of music that appealed to a wide range of ages and made sure even those of us in the back felt included.

    If I am spending my money on a concert to be entertained I don’t want to hear political opinions. I don’t care what your politics are if I am there for your show! Save your breath and sing.

    I feel like we totally wasted our time and money. There were other venues with free music where we would have gotten a much better show. A concert where we knew the songs and could have at least danced to the music. If I could find a way to get our money back I would do it in a heartbeat.

    We like a wide variety of music and artists, but we will never be Springsteen fans. The couple of songs I have of his on my I-Pod are coming off. We are officially NOT fans.

    Kim and Ted

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