Monday, August 12, 2013

"Fade Away" by Bruce Springsteen

Song#:  0490
Date:  02/07/1981
Debut:  65
Peak:  20
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After all the accolades and hype as the new face of rock 'n' roll, Springsteen finally got a song into the Top 10 with "Hungry Heart" (#5) from his epic double-LP "The River." This follow-up single did a little business and nicked the Top 20, but the hit first single was enough to propel the album to #1 - his first.

ReduxReview:  I know this song from the album, but I never realized this was released as a single. I'm a little surprised it made it so far up the chart as it doesn't sound like it would make a good single. But the strength of the lead single and attention on the album probably helped. It's a good Springsteen ballad, but it has never been one of my favorites of his.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Initially, Springsteen recorded and put together a single album and handed it in. The original title was to be "The Ties That Bind" and it contained ten songs. However, he felt like the disc needed to be bigger and more fleshed out so he took it back and then returned it as the double-LP "The River."


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