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Fans And Bands


"Greetings earthlings, gentlemen, ladies, fans, friends, listeners from coast to coast and around the world. This is Bruce Springsteen, and allow me to welcome you to Vol. 19 of 'From My Home to Yours,' titled 'Fans and Bands.' This is an episode based around musicians and their muses, the folks and fans who inspire us, keep us in cheeseburgers, and keep us coming. I'm gonna start out with Bobby Sutliff's Byrds-influenced 'Kings of Flannel,' followed by Matthew Sweet and the muse 'Byrdgirl'. Let's get it."

"We started out with Bobby Sutliff, from his album Perfect Dream, with a perfect song about band life, 'Kings of Flannel', and Matthew Sweet, with the lovely 'Byrdgirl.' Slim Dunlap … Slim Dunlap was born in Plainview, Minnesota, and is best known as a member of The Replacements with Paul Westerberg. He released two solo albums, The Old New Me and Times Like This, both required listening for any true-hearted rock 'n' roll aficionado. Here's Slim Dunlap with Rockin' Here Tonight."

"That was 'Where the Bands Are', by yours truly, written in 1979, in my bedroom, late at night, on Telegraph Hill Road in Holmdel, N.J. Influenced heavily by The Raspberries on this one. It's a tribute to the beauty and thrills of fandom, reflecting my many joyful nights that I spent at The Stone Pony, watching and sitting in with local acts, flirting with the waitresses under the spell of blackberry brandy. Returning home in my white C10 pickup, at 3 a.m., with The Raspberries blasting over my radio and that sweet ringing in my ears, as I fell off to sleep. Those were the days of good feelings of being a part of something, of a real community of musicians and locals, of folks who when Saturday night rolled around, had someplace to go, somebody to see, something to dedicate yourself to. And music, music, music, music to play, to listen to, to live to. Here's one for the 'Girl From Washington'."

"That was Bram Tchaikovsky, the fabulous one-hit wonder, with 'Girl of My Dreams', preceded by The Windbreakers, a group that included our opener, Bobby Sutliff, and hailed from Mississippi, and also included singer-guitarist Tim Lee, best known for their 1985 album Terminal. I first hear 'Girl From Washington' on their compilation, Time Machine (1982-2002). Great Band. And speaking of songs about bands … ."

"That was 'Coma Girl', by Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros. Joe was a religious attendee of the Glastonbury Festival, and that's where it feels like this song came from. Quote: 'I was crawling through a festival way out west … through all the stages I wandered … Coma Girl and the excitement gang, Mona Lisa on the motorcycle gang.' A classic fan's tribute from my brother from another mother, Joe Strummer. You are deeply missed. Previous to that, my Pittsburgh brother, Joe Grushecky, with his Houserockers, with the killing 'Pumpin Iron'."

"So you're onstage, and an hour into the show, and you haven't quite caught fire yet. That's an unpleasant feeling, that far into the night. So you are casing the crowd, eyes on the front row, looking for a little inspiration, searching for some gasoline to throw on the fire. This is Robyn Hitchcock, and 'Sally Was a Legend'."

"And this is Webb Wilder with 'Battle of the Bands'."

"That was, of course, the legendary Detroit-born and -bred, inimitable MC5, with 'Kick Out the Jams,' a song, many listeners do not know, is a raging tribute to playing rock 'n' roll. To quote: 'The wailing guitars … the crash of the drums … let me be who I am, and let me kick out the jams, motherfucker!' Coming up, Masters of Reality, a group I was introduced to during some studio downtime in Atlanta, while I was making my series of albums with the great producer, Brendan O'Brien. This is 'Jody Sings'."

"And that was 'You Made It', a great song by Teddy Thompson, son of the great guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, from Teddy's great album, Separate Ways. It is a song about making it, with the classic lyrics, 'You made it, what you gonna do now?' Whoa! That is the question. Here's Blue Cartoon, with one of my all-time favorite fan tribute songs, 'She's a God'."

"That was Kish Mauve, formed in London in 2005, a British electropop group, with 'I'm in Love With Your Rock 'n' Roll' from the album Black Heart. And speaking of tribute to fans … ."

"That was 'Letter To You' by yours truly, and that's our show for today. I will sign off with love and a thank you to all the folks, all of you who've inspired me and acted as my muse over the years. Please keep on coming. There's many miles and a long road ahead before sunset. So God bless, and go in peace."

By Bruce Springsteen via E Street Radio.
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