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Everything posted by Tom-Joad

  1. What a band these guys are. And I don’t believe in God, but if there is one or multiple, may Roy Bittan be blessed. He’s got to be one of my favourite musicians ever.
  2. Award shows are nothing but marketing tools. They respond to the industry’s needs. Why would anyone still care about them?
  3. That’s fine. I wasn’t trying to have this argument with you again. I was just tell you no one needs to have the song explained to them. That comes across as quite condescending.
  4. And rightly so. There’s no “but” after “no means no”. Oh, and Rizla, I don't think anyone here needs to have the song explained to them.
  5. Pretty dreadful. Sounds like an old gameboy.
  6. I think that, because she knows my starting point, she’s very appreciative of whatever little I deliver.
  7. Barcelona 2002. I ended up on a DVD. Drove for a day, slept outside and ran like crazy to be in the front. I remember how I felt when I first saw him, I remember how I felt when Clarence played his first solo of the night (on Prove It), I remember having a Thunder Road as a real encore after I’d lost all hope I’d get it (and sobbing like a baby), I remember the exhilaration of being there and I remember having a series of cramps in my legs for all the exercise and dehydration. My other first time... Boy, what a trainwreck... Luckily, she became my wife.
  8. American Beauty, on the other hand, is weird and pretty unlistenable.
  9. Harry’s Place is kind of weird. I like it, though.
  10. Disc 4 of Tracks has so many beautiful songs! That surely is one of them. Leavin’ Train, Seven Angela and Trouble in Paradise are pretty terrible, but all the others are, to my ears, really great. I wish Bruce had made some different choices in the first half of the 90’s...
  11. I disagree. I think the studio version is vastly superior and, ironically, much more furious. And that guitar solo does absolutely nothing for me.
  12. Unfortunately. I think Bruce singing Search and Destroy would be less of a stretch than Royals, Stayin’ Alive or Sociedade Alternativa.
  13. Preferences are preferences. But to put HT and LT together because they were released together is just lazy. They’re very different albums and, in my opinion, one of them vastly superior to the other. Also, Tom Joad is one of Bruce’s best albums and I’ll stand on a pile of BitUSA records in my cowboy boots and say that.
  14. Back when I met my now wife, she couldn’t stand Bruce. She did like Counting Crows, though. As did I. Once, we were riding in the car and Rain King starts playing and it has the Thunder Road interlude. When Duritz finishes singing that song, my wife, not knowing it was a Bruce song, starts going on about how absolutely beautiful those lyrics are. I just smiled from ear to ear triumphantly and told her as quietly and calmly as I could “that’s Bruce Springsteen.”. She never became a super huge fan but that’s when she started to appreciate Bruce and Thunder Road is one of her favourite songs in the world now.
  15. Well, Johnny works in a factory and Billy works downtown Terry works in a rock and roll band lookin' for that million-dollar sound Me, I got a little job down in Darlington, oh but some nights I don't go Some nights I go to the drive-in, there're some nights I stay home I followed that dream just like those guys do way up on the screen I drove my Challenger down Route 9 through the dead ends and all the bad scenes But when the promise was broken, I cashed in a few of my own dreams Whoah Well, now I built that Challenger by myself, but I needed money and so I sold it I lived a secret I should'a kept to myself, but I got drunk one night and I told it All my life I fought this fight, the fight that no man can ever win And every day it just gets harder to live this dream I'm believing in Thunder Road, oh baby you were so right Thunder Road, there's something dyin' out on the highway tonight Well, now my daddy taught me how to walk quiet and how to make my peace with the past I learned real good to tighten up inside and I don't say nothing unless I'm asked When the promise is broken you go on living, but it steals something from down in your soul Like when the truth is spoken and it don't make no difference, something in your heart turns cold Well I followed that dream through the southwestern tracks, the dead ends, and the two-bit bars When the promise was broken I was far away from home sleepin' in the backseat of a borrowed car Thunder Road, and when it washes away with the rain Thunder Road, you learn to walk among the remains Thunder Road, remember what me and Billy, we'd always say Thunder Road, we were gonna take it all and throw it all away
  16. I quite liked it. It’s based on a short film that I also watched quite a while back. I actually liked it more than the film itself but they’re both worth watching!
  17. I really like that. I think it’s Charlie Brooker’s first tv series. I think I remember him saying somewhere that the show was one big metaphor about how consumerism turns everyone into zombies.
  18. I’ve had the same picture for a good few years! A pair of binoculars for rent from when I sat at the very last row to see Phantom of the Opera.
  19. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?