Friday, August 31, 2007
New Bruce Soon
"Magic" ships on October 2nd. Bruce is pissed at the radio business...
from DeelyStan: "Bruce Springsteen's first single from his new album "Magic" is called "Radio Nowhere". It is to radio what "57 Channels and Nothing On" was to TV. He seems to attack satellite radio as bland, pines for the days of DXing, decries voice tracking, asking if there is "anybody alive out there" and even seems to make reference to the train wreck in Minot ("searching for a mystery train") that was so badly handled by radio in that market (…Clear Channel owns all six commercial stations in Minot, ND. When a train derailment in the middle of the night released a frightening cloud of anhydrous ammonia, Minot police sought to notify the citizenry of the crisis. They called KCJB, the station designated as the local emergency broadcaster, but no one was home; the station was being run by computer, automatically passing along Clear Channel programming from another city). Attack radio and expect ANY airplay for that track or ANY other? Yeah Boss, lemme know how that's workin' for ya. You can download a good quality mp3 at 128k here for one week (until 9/3) or here thereafter. Clearly, you shouldn't BUY it and support this kind of blasphemy."
I am saying BUY it. If this is truly what Bruce's saying, then he is DEAD ON.
From the very first time I heard "Thunder Road" on KSHE in 1975, I knew I had heard something that was going to change my life. Then I heard "Born To Run" and it was over, game set, match. This guy doesn't write songs, he writes movies and poems. Really, listen to "Backstreets" or "Night" or "Adam Raised A Cain". All of these song have a plot, a protanganist and an antangonist.
He is the Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie of our generation.
Hey, radio doesn't play Bruce's songs anymore, so why should he be worried about getting airplay anywhere now? No one plays new songs from classic artists anymore. Did you hear the latest Paul McCartney song on the radio? Didn't think so. All of the things he brings to the forefront are things that need to be addressed and the homogenization of radio is certainly one of those things. I would try to list my top ten favorite Bruce Springsteen songs, but, that's impossible. All I know is that having seen him in concert at least 10 times, I still believe that his shows aren't concerts, they are revivals that pay homage to the church of rock and roll. He is the Billy Graham of musicians and has his finger directly on the pulse of the radio industry.
Posted by RR at Friday, August 31, 2007
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