Friday, March 23, 2018

"Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2351
Date:  06/01/1985
Debut:  48
Peak:  5
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. was a massive hit that had already generated four Top 10 singles. With the album still selling and interest in Springsteen not yet waning, this fifth single was released. It would be another hit at Rock getting to #3 and thanks to a popular MTV video, the song made it to the Top 5 at Pop. It would be the fifth single from the album to get into the Pop Top 10. In doing so it made Springsteen only the third artist to to get five Top 10's from one album. He would be the first rock artist to do so since the first two to accomplish that feat were R&B/Pop artists - Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

ReduxReview:  The nostalgia factor is cranked up on this tune and the lively point-n-wink rock music fits it perfectly. At the time this wasn't one of my favorite tracks on the album, but now in later years <insert sad trombone sound> I've come to relate to the lyrics quite a bit more and I think it's a fun track. I'm full of boring stories of my former glory days - well, more like days. I don't think there was much glory in them.


Trivia:  Triple Shot!  1) The b-side to this single, "Stand on It," was not included on the album. The track got some airplay at Rock and ended up on the chart at #32. It would also end up on the soundtrack album to the 1986 comedy film Ruthless People.  2) Country artist Mel McDainel covered this song in 1986 and issued it as a single. It would get to #12 on the Country chart.  3) Springsteen originally wrote a fourth verse for the song. It was about the protagonist's father who had worked for decades on the Ford assembly line. Springsteen ultimately removed the verse as he felt it didn't really fit with the other verses.


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