The Muzak’s The Boss

Who gave permission to play this awful garbage in the office? Turn that music off and get back to work!!!

Happy National Boss Day, everyone!  Well, at least that’s what my calendar says today is… it seems to be about as big a waste of a special occasion as Valentines Day or Pi Day.  But regardless of what some greeting card company looking to stay in business decides to call it, today is still Monday!  You know what that means on The Nest…. it’s time once again to for us to send our minions on a team building exercise to dig up another overlooked and underpaid gem out of that cubicle farm of lost hits we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  The Sponkies will tell you that DJ Scratchy is the bestest boss to work for, even if they’re not going to buy her a fruit basket and a flower today.  It’s time to put the record player to work…

Who else could I possibly feature in this week’s National Boss Day edition of the DVA other than rock and roll’s self appointed boss, Bruce Springsteen?  Bruce and his E Street Band were a fixture on the rock scene for much of the 70’s and 80’s, and it’s really hard to find a “lost” song of theirs befitting my Monday feature simply because their entire body of work is so well known among the legion of Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce fans.

Right, Courtney?

But me and the ponies are gonna go with this one of Bruce’s breakthrough 1975 album Born To Run

“Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,” despite being released as a single, inexplicably only made it up to #83 on the pop charts.  This tale of the band’s formation is easily one of my favorite Springsteen songs (And Bruce released a LOT of much more famous dreck that nearly made that countdown I’m doing now), and even if it is relatively well known, it certainly doesn’t get played on the radio much these days when Bruce’s contribution to modern playlists seems to have been reduced solely to his Born in the USA hits…

Baaaaaaaarn in the USA!

Come back next Monday for another lost earworm for the glory days…

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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29 Responses to The Muzak’s The Boss

  1. I like it… and I liked the tunnel of love … it’s amazing that so much people ignored him as an artist but jumped at the fan bus with the philadelphia movie…

  2. Merbear74 says:

    I hate Bruuuce. His version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” makes my ears bleed. The only decent song of his is “I’m on Fire.”

  3. Piglove says:

    We are not big Springsteen fans here at the Hotel Thompson. I don’t know – shrugs piggy shoulders – there’s just something icky about him. He might be a secret alien or something. XOXO – Bacon

  4. I like this particular album. I think I like Springsteen’s music more now than I did years ago. I think my taste has gradually changed with the years. Or maybe I’ve just heard so much of it, it has become a permanent ear-worm 🙂

  5. Trisha says:

    Huh. I don’t remember ever hearing this song. It’s possible that I’ve just heard Born in the USA so many times that that’s all that comes to mind when I think of Bruce Springsteen.

    • I only know this song because the 70’s station I listened to during my 20’s (You know, when everyone is checking out the music that came out around the time they were born) played it a lot. I was surprised to find out it wasn’t more popular…

  6. draliman says:

    It only made it to number 83? Was that ‘cos it’s rubbish? Heh heh.

  7. Ladybuggz says:

    I don’t mind ‘The Boss”! yes, his earlier stuff was better than his 90’s stuff! Boy Draliman is cruising for a brusin today! LOL…

  8. Thomas Bonafede says:

    I heartily endorse this selection (which placed at #61 on the Boney 500..)

  9. Just guessing here but suspect there are scads of people who don’t sing the right words to this song. Including myself in that category! Great piano keywork.

  10. Born in the USA is definitely over-played, even here in the UK.

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