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  • Birthday 01/24/1978

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  • Location Silver Spring, MD
  • Gender Male
  • Springsteen fan since? First heard Bruce in '89, diehard fan since around '93 or so
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway? Well, "as the radio plays" rhymes with "sways"
  • Interests Bruce, rock music, history, Lego, cooking, other nerdery...
  • Sex? Yes!

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  1. I'd say that applies to his entire '80s output.
  2. Fashion in some fashion

    I wore silly colorful shirts in the '90s. But I stopped doing that in the '90s. Otherwise I do like a good flannel shirt, and I go long enough in between haircuts that it can get a little messy and '78-like. I've wanted to buy a vest for a while.
  3. I like all the versions I've heard. I didn't think the ESB would be able to do the song justice but they did. Terrific powerful song, tying American history to relevant issues today, kind of like how the TGOTJ album did. And then it is delivered in an irresistible, rocking stomping package.What a great song!
  4. Also the SSB project got Bruce to write American Land, which I would rate as one of his ten most important songs in the 21st Century.
  5. I think my point is that it is much easier for Bruce to get audience to pay attention to those kinds of songs if he isn't there with the ESB. When he tours with the ESB the people who show up largely want and expect to get Boss Time Bruce doing all the songs from GH and Live 75-85. If he wants to play something else it is easier for him to deliver that without the ESB sharing the stage. Kind of like it is easier for Joe Grushecky to hold the attention of a barful of people if it isn't in NJ .
  6. Sure, if you go to Springsteen primarily for your entertainment and nothing else, the ESB is the best it gets. The band is a well oiled machine - they can toss out a setlist and turn on a dime, playing old long lost songs - both originals and covers spontaneously and confidently. But he has a lot more than that to offer those who are interested. See his post 1985 songwriting career.
  7. When was the last time he successfully did something genuinely new and stylistically original in the live setting with the ESB? You could say bringing in Tom Morello, but that's sort of proving my point. The ESB gives him a massive pedestal to stand on, but it is hard for him to move outside of that space when he is with the band. It isn't only the band, it is also the fans' expectations of him when he is with the band. It is hard to imagine the WSO album and material working well if it were recorded and delivered by the ESB.
  8. Well I suppose it depends on your definition of love. I am not saying the guy in the song might not also be in love, but love isn't primarily what is driving him.
  9. The ESB live has become comfort food. Reliably excellent, and comfortingly familiar music that ties Bruce to his own history and the lives of his fans who have grown up and lived with his old classics as a soundtrack to their lives. But the ESB has become a bit of a ball and chain for Bruce Springsteen the artist. The SSB shows really saw Bruce at his most inspired - he was having so much damn fun on that stage. He was able to deal with socio-political issues, delve into different genres, sing other people's songs, and venture into American and class history. If anything I thought the only problem with that tour was that his own rearranged original songs were a bit of a mixed bag. What a wonderful thing that we get to enjoy both Boss Time with the ESB and Bruce Springsteen the artist.
  10. Well all is fine and good if the woman he is singing to really loves shoes and is really into him. If that isn't the case, it's potentially creepy now doubt about it. But being vaguely creepy doesn't make it a bad song or take away from what it is. He is singing about obsession.  
  11. LOL, more likely he had a car fetish. I mean just listen to how he pulls that Chuck Berry trick in so many of his songs, where he is sort of using automobile imagery to describe women.
  12. To my ears, Drive all Night is a little over the top and emo and not so very logical and possibly even a little potentially creepy. But that's exactly the character that Bruce is trying to create. And while it doesn't show us at our best or rational, most of us have been in his shoes once or twice - thankfully this is generally a pretty temporary state of mind. Drive All Night belongs in the same folder as The Way and I'm on Fire - a journey into obsession.   Question - is the narrator in Drive All Night singing to a woman he is with now, but can't see because of distance? Is he talking about driving through the night to wherever she lives and taking her shoe shopping, or maybe showing up with a pair of shoes at er doorstep, and expecting he will be invited in? Or is he singing to an ex - Back In Your Arms style?
  13. Seriously though, I think WOAD would have worked better live if he had toured behind it with a non ESB. The "92/93 band reunion your" sounds like a bad joke, but I think the music could have suited that band better, and fans would have bought their tickets knowing that they shouldn't expect just the classic ESB show.
  14. 1/29 DC show review

      Well, let's analyze that pizza objectively - mushrooms and pepperoni. Hardly what you would call pizza topping rarities...   But yes, the pizza was very welcome - thank you.