Friday, June 29, 2012
Counting with Bruce Springsteen
As this blog continues its quest to cover all Springsteen minutiae, we'll turn now to the particular way Bruce starts his songs. Take a listen to this:
Did you notice it? It begins with Bruce's classic count-off to four. While it is rare that his count-offs make it onto a studio track, like in "Bobby Jean", it is a staple of Bruce's concerts. A quick burst of syllables that sound like numbers, and you know you are in for an epic song. While it didn't make it on to a studio cut, I'll always believe "Badlands" starts with a resounding "ONE TWO!"
Bruce is not just a one trick pony with his counting. He will sometimes use this trick to bring it down a little, as seen in more somber songs like "The Wrestler" and "All I'm Thinking About Is You":
It may seem like we're digging a little too deep here, but Bruce's countdowns have been noticed in other segments of pop-culture. For example, Bruce was a fan of the 70s punk rock band called The Dictators. In 1978, as Bruce's popularity was rising, he took time to make a guest appearance, providing his classic countdown for the opening track of their album Bloodbrothers:
And finally, this post wouldn't be complete without another nod to the inspiration for this blog. A true fan knew from the beginning how we'd be ending this post. Ladies and gentlemen, here is "Counting With Bruce Springsteen":