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Beat of the Day

The Boss is lost on me but that’s just a matter of taste. Still, I regard him as a great musician and songwriter and performer. For the many of you who dig Bruce, check out this post over at Pitchers and Poets.

This is one tune of his that I love:

And here is a 1975 newspaper article on the Boss by our pal John Schulian.


1 Emma Span   ~  Nov 19, 2010 10:51 am


2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 19, 2010 10:53 am

De Gustibus! LOL

3 Matt Blankman   ~  Nov 19, 2010 12:44 pm

To further prove Alex's point that Springsteen is lost on him, he calls him THE BOSS, a nickname Springsteen loathes. I believe it was made up to tease him for not having a day job early in his career.

Bruce is a great artist and a true believer. Rock'n'roll can save your life, because it saved his.

4 pugzilla   ~  Nov 19, 2010 12:48 pm

If you wish to read a truly magnificent post re: Springsteen's music affecting personal relationships, hustle over to Joe Posnanski's blog site and read, "The Promise." You might also wish to read the comments.
Simply, one of the finest pieces of writing, IMO, I've ever seen on the internet.

5 MDF   ~  Nov 19, 2010 1:45 pm

Alex, I'm concerned. In just the past week or so, you've said that you're not a fan of Bruce Spingsteen and don't have a 'sense of nostalgia" about Mickey Mantle.

I admit also to be being concerned about the way that most readers of this blog have embraced Hernandez’s Cy Young victory over OUR OWN CC Sabathia (especially when Hernandez's limited number of wins resulted from kicking our ass).

Is this simply a generational thing? Or has the notion of Yankee fan so profoundly changed?

You guys still like pizza, right?

6 MDF   ~  Nov 19, 2010 1:48 pm

[5] should read: "especially when a significant percentage of Hernandez’s limited number of wins resulted from kicking our ass).'

7 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 19, 2010 2:16 pm

Welp, couple of issues here. The Banter fans, in general, go with their objective sense of what is right, not strictly for the home team. Whic h is not to say that we don't support the Yanks, just not to the pernt of losing so-called objectivity.

As for the Boss, I don't see the problem. I said he was a great musician, songwriter and performer. His work just doesn't speak to me. I know lots of you guys dig him, which is why I put up the link because I thought it might be of interest.

And as far as Mantle goes, I was born in 1971, so it's hard for me to have nostalgia for a baby-boomer icon. Which isn't to say that I don't have heroes and idols from before my time--Buster Keaton, Edward Hopper leap to mind.

I think I'd prefer Mays if I was around back then, but who knows?

What I don't understand is why anyone would think less of someone because they didn't have the same taste. It's just taste, not a reflection on what kind of a person you are. In fact, I think the more people disagree and have different tastes--even if some jibe--the better. If everyone in this wolrd loved Bruce Springsteen (or fill in the blank) it'd be a dull world.

8 tberg   ~  Nov 19, 2010 2:20 pm

Why do you hate America?

9 MDF   ~  Nov 19, 2010 2:42 pm

[7] I was just kidding, really.
(but what about pizza?)

10 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 19, 2010 3:24 pm

9) LOL!

I hate pizza. Nah, I love it!

11 Repoz   ~  Nov 19, 2010 5:18 pm


Time for me to pull out my dopey Letters to the Editors riff from Crawdaddy Magazine Dec – 1975! (You know…the one with Marlon Brando squatting out a large corn-filled Missouri breaker on the cover)

“So Jon Landau has called him the “future of rock ‘n roll” and Peter Knobler has gone out of his way (Oct. ‘75) to remind everyone that Crawdaddy was the first “major magazine” to do a story on Springsteen. Both are co-conspirators in the biggest hype this side of Jaws. I’ve seen him three times and he’s gotten progressively worse (not that he was much to begin with).

All his albums run into one another, splicing paragraphs to make different songs…warm beer, boardwalks, cops, cars–come on, how long can a person write about such things?...and I'm a Jersey dick myself!

Landau and Knobler are caught in their star-fucking as much as Springsteen is caught in his triteness and banality.”

Rat on, Alex. Rat on!

12 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 19, 2010 5:44 pm

[10] I'm with you AB! Never liked Springsteen's E-Street band stuff at all, way too overdone. The acoustic albums are much better.

13 Matt Blankman   ~  Nov 20, 2010 12:20 pm

[11] Yeah, well, there are people who will tell you the Beatles are a hype job too. I'm not one of those people. Hype can buy you 15 minutes of fame, not 40 years.

14 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 20, 2010 6:45 pm

[13] Don't know about that..lot of famous artists in all fields that have had long careers while lacking any substance..Senior Speilbergo, Wynton Marsalis (to be fair, he' s awesomely talented but where are the great albums??) William Burroughs..

15 Matt Blankman   ~  Nov 21, 2010 10:33 am

[14] Or it could be that in each of these cases, you're missing something that others are getting. Regardless of what one thinks of the three artists you've mentioned, I don't think any of them can be regarded as a hype job.

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