just how did david bowie affect your consciousness?

HAH! THE ORIGINAL TITLE to this piece on David Bowie was “Damn That Damn Disco Music!” But that was really an inadequate opening for the tone of this ‘true story’ about conversion. Then I dallied with variations on “The Day I Came Out as a David Bowie Fan,” which was an allusion to his androgynous (does anyone use that term anymore?) Ziggy Stardust period.

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allan clarke as springsteen trailblazer (is this part 6 of “was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light?”)

I WOULD BE REMISS in my love for the Hollies if I did not mention the exploits of their on-again/off-again lead singer, Harold Allan Clarke. In his second (?) sojourn from the group he helped found in Manchester, England, in 1962, he took a rather different approach stylistically to the material with which his fans had come to associate with him.

Clarke was one of the CONTINUE READING

the story behind columbia 4-48405 (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 5)

RELEASED IN 1975, Springsteen’s third album for Columbia, BORN TO RUN, was a virtual apotheosis of all that the rock musicians of the previous generation had hoped to achieve with the form. But that was not how the first two years as a recording artist went down.

This is part 5 in a series of essays on Springsteen’s first commercially issued single, Blinded By The CONTINUE READING

“blinded by the light” and the avid record collector price guide (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 4)

THE SINGLE RELEASE of Blinded By The Light / The Angel (Columbia 4-48405) may not have been a big hit in 1973 with record-buyers, but it has been a big deal with record-collectors ever since! It is among the rarest and most sought-after of Bruce’s collectable records and record-related artifacts.

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“blinded by the light” off and on the pop charts (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 3)

UNLESS YOU’RE OLD ENOUGH to have been there THEN (the early months of 1973) but weren’t paying attention or you were not a Springsteen fan (and who was back then outside of a small circle of friends near Asbury Park?) or not a fan now (and who isn’t?), then you know that Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” single did not make the charts here there and CONTINUE READING

cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 2)

HERE ARE THE LYRICS to Bruce Springsteen’s original recording of Blinded By The Light as best that I can decipher them. I used a couple of lyrics sites and then listened to the recording repeatedly (and yes it’s “deuce” not “douche”) each time comparing the words I had typed with the words that I was hearing.

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