Wrecking Ball

All Them Fat Cats, They'll Just Think It's Funny

Song: Easy Money
Album: Wrecking Ball
Year: 2012

While most of the shanties you may have enjoyed in the past have likely been sea-oriented, I think this still qualifies as one, too, due to the heavy-handed fiddling. (Also, you can definitely sing it on a boat. DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU YOU CAN'T.)

I know this song is supposed to be an allegory about citizens taking revenge for the economic crimes of fat cat bankers, but it's also a song really romanticizes muggings. He and his gal are getting dressed up for date night, and it sounds so much fun! We're learning a lot about how The Boss treats a lady from his music. A nice long highway drive in the dark and some light looting are his equivalent of dinner and movie from what I can tell.

The YouTube comments on this song are mostly about how to make money working from home, proving that in addition to being a musical genius, Bruce Springsteen is also a master of SEO. If I ever record a song, I'm  going to name it "One Weird Trick for Weight Loss" and wait for the hits to come rollllling in.

Rating: 6 out of 10 fat cats.

This song makes me feel: like eating a lobster roll. (To be fair, though, the odds of catching me in this particular mood are pretty high.)

Fun Bruce Fact: Answers.com says that Bruce Springsteen's favourite colour is blue but offers no citations to back that up, so this is less a "Fun Bruce Fact" than it is a "Juicy Bruce Rumour," but beggars can't be choosers.

People Get Ready

Song: Land of Hopes and Dreams
Album: Wrecking Ball
Year: 2012

I needed to take a break from Bruce Classic (tm) so I turned to something a little fresher as a palette cleanser. If this is any indication of 21st Century Boss, I am ON BOARD. That's just a little train humour for you, because this song is about taking the train (or is it?!). It's nice to hear he's upgraded from the bus at this point in his career. He's earned it.

It starts with a gospel choir and has kind of a fun piano riff in the chorus that reminds me of Vampire Weekend (or was Vampire Weekend reminding me of Bruce all along and I just didn't know it yet?). And then he throws a sax solo in the mix too, because he's Bruce Springsteen and he can do what he wants. This song has everything I need and then some.

Rating: 8 conductor whistles out of 10.

This makes me feel: like being in a very emotional movie trailer. Or, you know, taking the train.

Bruce fact: A nun at school once put him in a garbage can. Listen, I don't approve of what she did, but if I had the opportunity to put Bruce Springsteen in a garbage can, I would, just for the story. What a great party icebreaker it would be to have that in your back pocket.