Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Video Spotlight - Diarrhea Planet covering "Born To Run"

Here, the appetizingly named Diarrhea Planet and Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus perform a punked-out cover of "Born To Run", which may offend some hardcore fans but I thoroughly enjoyed.  While on the surface Bruce and punk music seem like strange bedfellows, the two have been intertwined for decades, going back to Bruce penning "Because the Night" for Patti Smith and originally writing "Hungry Heart" for the Ramones (one of my favorite factoids that I hope to one day use at a trivia night in a bar).  Bruce still affects the world of punk rock today, as many young punk bands (such as those in the video, as well as the Gaslight Anthem and Against Me!) cite Bruce as a huge influence on their music.  What is the cause of this relationship?  It is tough to tell, but I believe that Bruce's music, especially early in his career, was about a certain sense of alienation in a tough world, and a fight to find freedom.  Like the Sex Pistols or The Clash, he was singing for the outcasts in society, but with an American point-of-view.  While musically different (I haven't found many punk songs with saxophone solos), lyrically his songs speak to the same audience that would listen to punk rock, influencing future generations of musicians.

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