I can never quite put my finger on why Springsteen doesn't butter my muffin. It's a case of 'So near yet so far' for me. I love recordings of his live shows although I have never experienced one myself (note to self, put on list of things to do before death). I love the musicians he hangs around with. They're the best. One of Little Steven's solo albums is amongst my favourite music of all time.
Yesterday in Zavvi (a shop formerly known as Virgin), avoiding a good friend's prods and pokes to buy the new Springsteen album, I picked up the Hold Steady's Boys and Girls in America CD. I have to confess this was on the basis of reviews but when Q and the Guardian agree I am normally convinced.
So now I am real disappointed that I have to go to work rather than spend all day learning the lyrics, playing along and pretending I discovered them.
'She was a really cool kisser and she wasn't all that strict of a Christian
She was a damned good dancer but she wasn't all that great of a girlfriend'
My God I'm 15 again. Anyone for a kickabout?