I used to work with a guy who didn’t like Bruce Springsteen. He’d often taunt me, saying cruel things like ‘Do you know that Bruce Springsteen says “Born in the USA” in the song Born in the USA more than 87 times?’ This particular allegation was delivered with a self-satisfied smirk that positively reeked of pedantic bastard, and even though it wasn’t true (I checked), that didn’t stop him from saying the same damn thing to me on more than 87 occasions.
I’m going to see Bruce Springsteen at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena tonight. I’ve seen many great rock performers over the years – Bowie, Dylan, Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones – but there’s nothing quite like a Springsteen show. He really is the best there is at what he does.
But, damn it, if he does play Born in the USA tonight then I know I’m going to end up counting. And that’s because I used to work with a guy who didn’t like Bruce Springsteen.