As if Little Steven didn't have enough to do already with his radio and TV projects, last week he gave a presentation to eMusic members at City Winery in New York. One of the people in attendance was former Sony Music Chairman Don Ienner who asked about how the song "Jungleland" came to be. Here's Steven's interesting answer:
Sometimes you can be really surprised by one of these polls. I always had the impression that Born in the USA wasn't terribly popular among the "real" fans... the kind of fans who are crazy enough to frequent a Springsteen website like this. It was the album that broke Bruce to the masses and forever killed whatever was left of the illusion that Bruce was "our littl ... Read more
Last week's poll was a little different. It had nothing to do with his music or bands or time periods. We simply lined up a selection of the causes Bruce has supported over the years and asked which one you liked best. It was probably, to me, the most unpredictable poll we've had on here. I had no idea how it would turn out, except I didn't figure supporting DoubleTake Magazine or John Kerry wo ... Read more
What does time do to people's opinion of a new album? That was the question of last week's poll. I thought it would be interesting to see how people's opinion about the Working on a Dream album had changed in the year after its release. The conclusion is: not very much. More than 50% said that their opinion was unchanged. This didn't say anything about whether they liked it or not. Only that th ... Read more
Seems like Bruce is attending every benefit concert he can find these days. Last night he was in New York to participate in the Gateway´s Gala Benefit Concert, supporting an education center for children with learning problems... and paying tribute to Jon Stewart who was an honoree. He performed a mini-set of seven songs and was joined by Patti Scialfa for two of them. His performance har ... Read more
Yes, that's the question one could ask after last week's poll. "Because the Night" was so merciless to the other options that it was hardly even worth it. I don't think in the Greasy Lake poll's history that there has been such an undisputed winner. Here's the final result:
Which of these officially released song collaborations is your favorite?
Be ... Read more
I wrote the other day that Bruce was laying low. I apologize for that since it's so obviously not true at all. Three performances in a couple of weeks is not exactly laying low. And the one last night at the Carnegie Hall must be candidate for most surreal Springsteen performance ever. The occassion was Sting's annual Rainforest Benefit, which Bruce also took part in back in 1995. That was all ... Read more
At least among the voters of last week's poll. Dylan won the poll among Bruce's musical influences with a fairly big margin to the Beatles on the second spot and Elvis on the third. Question is, of those artists who has actually influenced Bruce the most? Is it Bob Dylan with his emphasis on lyrics, or is it the stage show of James Brown? Or perhaps the whole rock 'n' roll attitude of an early ... Read more
.... the book, that is. Yes, you know which one we're talking about. The first Bruce book by Lawrence Kirsch where fans talk about their Bruce experience. It's actually sold out and goes for high prices on eBay, but one copy can be yours for free. Well, not quite for free, because in order to enter the contest you need to donate money to the Montreal Heart Institute. You can read all about it o ... Read more
For those of you who can't get enough of the coolest guy in the world, Little Steven, legendary music magazine Crawdaddy put an interview with him on their website. If you didn't already know, Little Steven is a busy man. These days, apart from doing his Underground Garage radio show, he's involved in a rock 'n' roll high school, a record company, and trying to put rock 'n' roll back on the TV ... Read more
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Rob Malkin commenting on this: Well, they've now become available individually since record store day. So for £17 I picked up The Wild the IN... (well you know the rest) I'm sold, you would have to be deaf not to hear the difference; clarity, warmth and truly parts I'd not heard before. Ok so now that the price of the vinyl box set has dropped a bit the savings aren't huge, but at least I can spread the cost and don't need to re buy the superfluous Nebraska. My only gripe would be why not make them available to buy individualy from the get go? Although I guess Allan's answered that already?
Allan commenting on this: It's a cash grab guys. Let's be honest. The improvement is marginal at best. I downloaded the set but I've bought everything else. No need to buy the album again. And if you own the Born to Run 30th Anniversary box set or the Darkness box set, you don't need to buy the albums for a third time. Save your money.
Mat commenting on this: "Anyone with a half decent graphic equaliser can achieve the same results".
Oh please no!
You don't know the basics of mastering either I guess.
Anyway I don't think Bruce's first seven sounded that bad.