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HATERS GONNA HATE: Why The Boss Blows

PW: Bruce Springsteen. The Boss. Blue Collar Rock King. He’s just a Jersey boy done good after years of working on the docks to make ends meet, just a common man breaking his ass to get by, who struck it lucky singing about his girl, his hometown and his Glory Days. My floppy, white ass. I’ve been fuming over the popularity of this faux working-class bozo for the better part of the last decade, and now, in what has to be the peak of the mountain of his current resurgence, I bring my unpopular opinion to you. As someone who has worked in shitty warehouses, print shops and glass factories for the bulk of my life, I can tell you, it’s no fun. In fact, it sucks. Badly. And to paint over the grim reality of that life with a romantic brush is insulting. The only people, I’ve found, who romanticize the up-at-dawn, back-breaking blue-collar lifestyle are people who’ve never lived it. Like the bearded, skinny jackasses I run into at parties I wasn’t invited to who lovvvvve Bruce because he’s “the realest” artist they or any one of their other freelance web designer friends have ever heard. MORE

PHILLY POST: When Bruce Springsteen dies, no doubt the flags of New Jersey will fly at half-mast. For months. Bruce Springsteen is a hero of the “Garden State,” and a symbol of all that it stands for. Well, I lived in New Jersey for more than a decade, and I’m here to tell you, it’s nothing to be proud of. New Jersey has four of the 12 most polluted beaches in the United States. Its slobbery governor, Chris Christie, who just asked Bruce Springsteen to help Atlantic City out (please don’t get me started on Atlantic City), and who recently vetoed the gay-marriage bill, is profoundly obese and seems to be proud of it. The state is home to Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, which houses some five dozen of the country’s most criminally insane. And New Jersey is more crowded than any other state in the nation. Ready to relocate? It’s no surprise that the best they could do was Bruce Springsteen. MORE

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One Response to “HATERS GONNA HATE: Why The Boss Blows”

  1. Colonel Says:

    A simple reason to hate Bruce Springsteen in 2012 is his addiction to falsification.

    When recently in Austin, Texas, Springsteen gave the Keynote Speech. In Springsteen’s case, it was a “Bad Note” speech. While trying to walk his audience through a sequence of the early artists who influenced him, at first Springsteen mentioned Elvis Presley. Then he cited “Do Wop.” This mention was directed at the entire genre, as opposed to any particular performer who grabbed his young soul while growing up. Springsteen went on to mention Roy Orbison, and the beautiful songs which he wrote that enraptured this young kid from Freehold, New Jersey. However, Springsteen’s whole body language changed, and he got somewhat animated, as he mentioned The Beatles and their first American album, “Meet the Beatles.” He said what drew him to the Beatles was their self-containment; they wrote their songs, and they played their instruments. However, the fact that Lennon & McCartney wrote their own songs, was the episode that mesmerized a young Springsteen. As he continued his personal historiography of Pop music, Springsteen said, and next, it was “The Animals,” and particularly their song “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” He proceeded to inform his audience, that this particular Animals song, inspired the Springsteen composition “Badlands.”

    Now, the problem here is twofold: One “Meet the Beatles” came out in January of 1964. And “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” came out in August of 1965. So, are Springsteen’s listeners expected to believe, that during that long span of time, twenty months, NOTHING else musical rocked his world? Not “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones? Which by the way came out in May of 1965, and stayed # 1 fr sixi weeks. Or “Mystic Eyes” by Them? or any of the great records released by Manfred Mann or The Kinks? The bigger problem is, that when Springsteen began making reference to particular lyrics from “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” he either did not know that The Animals did NOT write that song, or he lied, because “”We Gotta Get Out of This Place” was written at the Brill Building by Barry Mann, who planned on giving the song to the Righteous Brothers, until Mickey Most, producer of The Animals called up and bought a slew of songs from Brill for his client, The Animals. Bruce used to play “It’s My Life” at some of his shows and although The Animals did NOT write that song either, Bruce must have believed that Eric Burden penned the piece. He did not. I’m sure Bruce loved The Animals single, “Don’t Bring Me Down,” he he probably thought Eric Burdon wrote that one as well, but the truth is, a young Brill Building writer named Carole King penned that one. And as if Springsteen’s SXSW day could not get any more embarrassing, he brought out Eric Burdon, the then 70 year old former singer with the Animals to join Bruce and the E Street Band on stage. Springsteen went to the mic, pointed at Burden, and told his audience, “This is the man responsible for all my songs!” He gave no props to the Brill man, Barry Mann who wrote “We Gotta Get Outta this Place,” instead he let a lie grow larger, and for some unknown reason, he chose to give his fans an untruth, which was at least dishonest and saddening, but most of all, down right despicable.

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