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  1. I was thinking how do I know that name? Yes, the Bystander effect. I knew a behavioural scientist a while back who referenced this story a lot. Might check it out.
  2. That Passengers film. I quite like Pratt and Lawrence but, crikey, this was one seriously bland sci-if film. Nothing remotely interesting happened at all.
  3. Although Bruce has a few other catchy pop songs, WOASD is, by far, the simplest and most innocent one in his repertoire, which makes it (unfortunately, perhaps) perfect for kids to sing along to. Yes, it's a little darker than the music suggests, but not in the way that Hungry Heart or Dancing in the Dark are. Even the music is pop simplicity, such as the key change moving up a full step. Don't mind the song, and it plays an important role on The Rising album IMO, but, like many, I'm tired of it live. The problem I have with the kids now is how unspontaneous it feels. If they're bad then it's a bit painful to hear, and if they're good, it feels like they're a plant (even if that's not the case). Having said that, I've seen one or two Sunny Days when the kids have been very endearing and quite amusing - Cardiff 2013 springs to mind.
  4. Walked past venue half an hour ago. Sigh! Didn't seem that crowded unless the queues were round the other side of the building. Briefly thought about nipping down Carnaby Street or Soho and seeing if I could buy an all-white Lycra body suit with green trim. Figured the Waterstones staff might recognise me and let me in. Trick would be to stand very very still of course.
  5. Just looked at your last post, Kendo. Are you a fellow medic?

  6. Crazy busy so not much time to spend on the Lake at the moment, but congrats to everyone who managed to get a ticket. Newcastle Roy meets Bruce should be an epic encounter, even if it is only 10 seconds. I tried for a ticket, too, but had the same dismal experience as a lot of you. White man was running to stand still for 45 minutes until the dreaded sold-out message arrived, at which point he raced to the front in the single greatest act of virtual futility I've ever witnessed. Waterstones should drive itself to the sea and wash away its sins for their utterly incompetent organisation. Gutted really, as I'm up at the Royal College of Surgeons on that day at a conference, which ends around 4.30, so it should have worked out pretty well. Then again, I'd have been suited up so would have felt a tad overdressed for Bruce. If I find out the secret venue is the Royal College of Surgeons I will combust!
  7. Yuk! Serves him right though for pointing out that sign request to Bruce for Bogey Wonderland.
  8. I can think of something odder: Bruce holding up Clarence! Imagine, however, the alternative reality of this being the cover of Born to Run? That might have changed the course of music history, no matter how good the songs were.
  9. Hi balboa08, Nice to hear your story. About 10 years ago, I spent a few months living in Chennai when I did some voluntary work at a Christian humanitarian / rock music school. I did a bit of writing for them and helped out a bit with teaching some basic music to young children. It was called the Unwind Center – I don't know if it's still around – and it also had a base in Bangalore. It was quite a cool place. Perhaps it's different across India, but I didn't detect any Bruce fandom while I was there. The popular Western bands in Chennai around this time seemed to be The Beatles, Deep Purple and Queen. But it's nice to hear that Bruce has his fans in India, too.
  10. I was introduced to Bruce when I was around 12 through my older brother who often watched music DVDs (or video tapes as they were then) like INXS, Rattle and Hum, and, of course, Bruce's video anthology. But it was the mid 1990s when I properly became a fan. I was about 16 and I borrowed a Bruce songbook from my local library - it had the music to every song from his first seven albums plus a few outtakes like Protection and Shut Out the Light. It was the era of Britpop and Grunge, and Bruce was not very fashionable at the time. But I found his storytelling qualities mesmerising, and as I became more interested in American history I found his songs to be even more profound. But I don't think I ever had an epiphany moment when I just 'got it'. In fact, what's incredible is that more than 20 years since I became a fan, I'm still finding new perspectives and insight into his music and lyrics.
  11. Even your description of finding Bruce sounds like the lyrics to one of his songs. Bravo!
  12. It took me quite some time to appreciate Jackson Cage, but I hadn't thought too much about this line at the end. I like this interpretation; it makes sense and the lyrics never really suggest the protagonist has got the spirit or resources to overcome her predicament. I think the final part of the song also suggests that the mysterious 'they', who also appear in songs like Something in the Night, are the winners in this regard.
  13. Agree with the above. Would love to hear Tapestry in full - not keen on Smackwater Jack, though I have often thought Bruce might be able to turn it into a good listen, but the rest of the album is hit after hit. Hyde Park, though, yeah not convinced.