In honor of the Fourth of July, here’s a host of covers by a great patriot who knows that just because you criticize a country, doesn’t mean you hate it.
A is for Arcade Fire-State Trooper.
B is for Badly Drawn Boy-Thunder Road
C is for Cold War Kids-State Trooper
D is for Dancin’ In the Dark-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
E is for Everything But the Girl-My Hometown.
F is for Fire-Sound of Urchin. You thought I’d post the Pointer Sisters version? Are you fucking crazy?
G is for Garrin! Reason to Believe-Dan Bern and Garrin Benfield
H is for Hungry Heart-Stars.
I is for I’m On Fire-Carbon Leaf
J is for Janie Don’t You Lose Heart-Scott Miller and the Commonwealth. One of my all-time favorite Bruce tunes.
K is for Greg Kihn-Thunder Road. Remember Greg? “Our love’s in jeopardy! Baby!” This version sucks, but it’s funny to hear. Thanks for for this one. They posted a bunch of Thunder Road versions recently.
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M is for Marah-Streets of Philadelphia. A solid bar band covers what is the worst Springsteen singles ever to win a Grammy.
N is for No Surrender-Pearl Jam.
R is for Ramrod-Warren Zevon
S is for the Slot machines at . . . Atlantic City-Warren Zevon. Another great version is Pearl Jam’s Atlantic City.
T and U are for Team Up! As in, U2’s team up with the Boss! I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For-U2 and Bruce Springsteen.
V is for nothing.
W is for Tom Waits-Jersey Girl. A song Tom wrote, but Bruce made famous.
X marks the spot where I say that Y is for you’re almost at the end of this post . . .
And last but not least, Z is for Zevon-Cadillac Ranch