In case you didn’t know: Many bands have been influenced by Bruce Springsteen. Not Superbowl crotch-shot Bruce, but the guy who put together Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, Born To Run, Nebraska, Darkness On The Edge of Town, Born in the U.S.A., etc. He’s released a lot of great fucking records. To make note of the influence during the Working On A Dream promo swing, various “up-and-coming” youngsters — including Jersey guys the Gaslight Anthem and Ted Leo and non-Jersey gal Juliana Hatfield — are doing brief interviews about why they like Springsteen and performing one of his songs. The series is called “Hangin’ Out On E Street.” That is not the best name for a series.
Ted Leo – “Dancing In The Dark”
Against Me! – “Reason To Believe”
Juliana Hatfield – “Cover Me”
The Gaslight Anthem – “Backstreets”
As might be expected, Ted Leo gives a good interview straight from the Market Hotel. Coming soon: Calexico, Tegan & Sara, Nicole Atkins. You can see clips by other Jersey dudes the Bouncing Souls, among others, at www.brucespringsteen.net. No sign of the Hold Steady, but the paint hasn’t dried on their cover of “Atlantic City.”