Friday, January 30, 2015

Legends Of Springsteen's Super Bowl Picks!

The big game is this Sunday, and, keeping our tradition alive, we here at Legends Of Springsteen have crunched the numbers vigorously and have come up with our best predictions.  Here we go!

OB: Seahawks 28, New England 17 (overall 1-2)
Rory: Seahawks 27, New England 24 (overall 2-1)
Steve: Seahawks 45, New England 35 (overall 1-2)

We've written extensively about Springsteen and football throughout the years, so to get yourself set for the pigskin this weekend, check out our older articles:

2012: A look back on Springsteen's famous half-time show

2013: Springsteen's songs about sports

2014: A Springsteen song for every NFL team

I'll leave you with a song for the Patriots, "Prove It All Night".  Because, if there's anyone who knows how to steal, to cheat, to lie, it'd be Bill Belichick.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Counting On A Package Deal, Part 2 - The Wild, The Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle

Welcome to the second installment of Counting On A Package Deal.  If you missed part one, never fear - somehow, it is still online!  Here, we tackle Bruce's second album, The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle.

Released just eight months after Greetings, the packaging here differs quite starkly when compared to its predecessor.  In fact, stark is almost all you need to say about The Wild's  packaging.  The cover is straight to the point: HERE'S BRUCE.  There's no fold out gimmicks, just total Bruce Springsteen.  The back cover is just as simple:

While Greetings was jammed full of lyrics on the back cover, this just simply shows the long hair and bare chests of the E Street Band.  Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez is the star of this photo, and people new to the E Street Band would assume he was Bruce Springsteen due to his prominent placement here.

Continuing in the simplicity, I cannot find any sleeve associated with this album, so I'm assuming it came in plain, white paper (please correct me if I'm wrong - I'm a horrible researcher).  There are no lyrics printed anywhere here, sentencing fans to have to listen to "Rosalita" over and over again to get the words right (well, there are worse ways to spend one's time).

So there you have it - from a fold out cover and tons of lyrics to Big Faced Bruce and the Chesty E Street Band.  Oh, and remember how I said all the records look the same?  Well, I wasn't lying:

That's Greetings on the left and Wild on the right.  Or maybe it's Wild on the left and Greetings on the right?  I'm starting to see why we left these frustrating old things in the dust 30 years ago.

Want a copy to call your own?  Purchase it here!

Click here for part one of Counting On A Package Deal: Greetings From Asbury Park.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ed Norton Interviews Bruce Springsteen (Fresh Air, 2010)

Having recently seen and loved Edward Norton’s performance in Birdman (I found the movie itself a bit wearing half-way through), I was eager to listen to Norton’s interview on Fresh Air. A quick Google search and I was there, but to my great surprise “Edward Norton Fresh Air interview” yielded a second, fascinating link: Ed Norton Interviews Bruce Springsteen On 'Darkness'.

Somehow, I missed this back in 2010 – I’ll chalk it up to podcasts being less prevalent. Since we’ve recently been looking back at The Promise here on the site, I thought this would be a perfect time to resurface the interview between this unexpected pairing. The Fresh Air interview is an extract from an in-person interview conducted at the Toronto Film Festival. For those who don’t want to sit through the 40-minute interview (and if you don’t, why are you reading this blog?), the website has a few topline excerpts. But I encourage you to listen to it to hear these two performers who take their craft very seriously alternating between light-hearted jabs and serious musings on the art form.