1978-03-00 Record Plant, New York City, NY

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Springsteen, who spent the last half of March, and early April, mixing Darkness On The Edge Of Town, drops by adjoining studio A at the Record Plant, where New York proto-punk band The Dictators were working on their third album, Bloodbrothers. While both bands were hanging out in the studio's common area, "Handsome Dick" Manitoba and Clarence Clemons discussed their admiration for each other’s work. "When I told Clarence I didn't know he was a Dictators fan," he looked at me and said, "The big man knows about the universe!" Manitoba recalled. Bruce was a big fan of the influential punk band’s first two albums, wearing a Dictators tee shirt on stage and dedicating "Born To Run" to them. So when it turned out the bands were recording in the same building, Bruce stopped by for a visit and ended up on vinyl. At the 2:10 mark of "Faster And Louder", Bruce counts the band back in preceding the final verse, "One! Two! One, two, three, four!" Dictators: "I can scream, faster and louder, I can jive faster and louder…Hot Pants! faster and louder…."



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