In the lead up to Born To Run – A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen being held this weekend at Brisbane’s The Triffid, we asked Moses Gunn Collective, Sahara Beck, Good Oak, Halfway and Love Hate Rebellion what their favourite songs were by The Boss! Ranging from big hits, to the overlooked phases of Springsteen’s back catalogue, their choices are diverse as ever and have us extremely excited to see what they’ll be performing this weekend!
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MOSES GUNN COLLECTIVE
Bruce in all his double denim, bad boy, generally not giving a f**k glory. A smouldering salute to insane outlaws everywhere.
Streets of Philadelphia
A beautiful ramble that feels like it’s just wafted out of a heavenly gutter somewhere in deep America. You’re down ‘n out but it’s all good, Brucey is there with you.
I love this track. It’s passionate and driving and like he is searching for some soul in the crap that gets played on the radio.
I love the sing along in this – the cheesy key change the oooohhhhhs and ahhhhhhs – it’s perfect.
This has to be one of the all time great songs, it’s my favourite Bruce song. I love the way they recorded the Nebraska album and it suits this song perfectly.
Ain’t Got You
This is such a fantastic performance from Bruce. It sounds like it’s out of the 50’s with limited instrumentation and a vocal that only Bruce could deliver.
Tougher Than The Rest
From the often overlooked late 80’s record tunnel of love, his first officially without the e street band. Just a beautifully tempoed love song with a hint of desperation, and a typically great Springsteen bridge.
The first single from The River. A Phil Spectorish pop song with the e-street band in full, spectacular flight. He actually wrote this for The Ramones but decided in the end to hang onto it himself.
LOVE HATE REBELLION
I’m On Fire
From the moment the picking and rimshot fade in, you know you’re onto something a little sweet and sad. Yet at the same time it’s a surprisingly sexy song. More than hinting at many edges of human desire, the song also represents the keyboard sound that so defined the era. Hearing this song, you know you’re not only hearing The Boss, you’re hearing the Eighties.
Dancing In The Dark
It’s a Springsteen classic! Put this on at a party and people get moving even in 2015. You can’t start a fire without a spark and you can’t listen to Springsteen without Dancing in the Dark. Like many of his songs, it captures that get up and go working spirit that’s so often underpinned by longing. And again, there’s a tangible romance to it, which always makes music better.