Springsteen’s first top-ten hit from his 1980 album, The River. It was originally written with The
Ramones in mind, but Jon Landau, Bruce’s manager and producer,
persuaded him to keep it for himself.
The result was a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a #44 hit in
The E Street
Band creates a virtual “Wall of Sound” for what seems to be a
nostalgic rock song. Its upbeat
tempo belies the story the lyrics are telling, about a father and husband
who has an affair. The
Boss’s vocals were sped up just a little bit, giving him a higher
pitch than usual. A pair of
Turtles, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, pitched in on background vocals.
Heart” has been a popular pick for inclusion on soundtracks for films
such as Kvish L’Lo Motzah, Peter’s
Friends, Risky Business, and The Wedding Singer. It was re-released in 1995 when his
greatest-hits package hit the shelves, and re-appeared on the U.K. chart at
#28. A video was also made on 9th
July 1995 at East Berlin’s Café Eckstein in tandem with
Wolfgang Niedecken and the Leopardefelleband.
was a fan of the song and a number of other artists have performed it,
including Minnie Driver, Mike Love, Jesse Malin,
Aidan Moffat, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Rod Stewart, and Paul Young. Rod was taken aback when he sang it
during a tour of the U.S. in 1984 and thought the audience was booing him
when they were actually chanting “Bruce”.
By the time The River tour was launched in 1980,
the audience already had the song memorized and it has become customary for
Bruce to just let the crowd take the lead on vocals on the first half of
the song. It ceased to make the
set list as often in the new millennium, as Bruce took to the curious
practice of leaving out his most popular songs.
It appears on
the aforementioned Springsteen albums as well as an EP that features the
original version of the song and a live version, plus live cuts of
“Murder Incorporated” and “Thunder Road” and a
remake of “Streets of Philadelphia” with the E Street Band.
Bruce Springsteen recordings
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