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Season
Fourteen
number
722
Type
Roundtable
Post Date
7/9/2024

Bruce Springsteen

722 Bruce Springsteen In The 90s

In The 90s - Roundtable

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While less commercially dominant than the 80s, Bruce Springsteen's commitment to evolving as an artist makes the 90s output worth revisiting

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After achieving massive success in the 1970s and 80s, Bruce Springsteen began the 1990s with the release of two albums in 1992, "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town," which showcased a departure from his work with the E Street Band. Like with his 1987 album "Tunnel of Love," Springsteen explored more personal themes at the end of his marriage and relocation from New Jersey to Los Angeles. Despite mixed critical reception, the albums produced notable singles like "Human Touch" and "Better Days." While some wrote off Springsteen as stale and out of touch, he returned on the soundtrack to the movie Philadelphia with the haunting and sparse "Streets of Philadelphia." He followed that up in 1995 with "The Ghost of Tom Joad," a stark, acoustic folk album that harkened back to the style of "Nebraska" and focused on social and economic issues, earning him critical acclaim and a Grammy Award for the title track. This period, though less commercially dominant than the 1980s, demonstrated Springsteen's versatility and commitment to evolving as an artist, and the 1998 four-disc compilation Tracks made up of 66-outtakes from the earliest years of his career up to the 90s showcased his hidden gems and concert-only favorites, leading up to his induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Better Days (Lucky Town)
  • 19:12 - Leap of Faith (Lucky Town)
  • 34:42 - Streets of Philadelphia (Philadelphia soundtrack)
  • 45:27 - Rock That Doesn't Roll / Dop Nostalgia podcast promos
  • 50:20 - Youngstown (The Ghost of Tom Joad)
  • 1:03:45 - Born In The U.S.A. (Tracks)
  • 1:11:52 - American Skin (41 Shots) (Live)
  • Outro - 57 Channels (And Nothin' On) (Human Touch)

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