&ot absonderpop: Boss Week, Pt. 2: Ain't Nobody Like To Be Alone

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Boss Week, Pt. 2: Ain't Nobody Like To Be Alone

Originally, Springsteen had written Hungry Heart for The Ramones, after seeing them play in 1979. On advice of his manager, he kept the song for himself and it went on to become his first top ten single in the USA.

Now, don't we all wish Springsteen had done as he intended to? Although it would have been included on the Phil Spector-produced End of the Century (which marked the departure from the formulaic early punk rock records), I firmly believe that (imaginary) version had shitted all over every other recording of this song.

The version that was released on The River is sped up quite considerably. Listen to the alternate mix included here for comparison – same recording, different speed and pitch.

Bruce Springsteen: Hungry Heart
Bruce Springsteen: Hungry Heart (original speed)
Bruce Springsteen: Hungry Heart (live)
Jeanne Newhall: Hungry Heart
Jesse Malin: Hungry Heart
Mike Love: Hungry Heart
Minnie Driver: Hungry Heart
Paul Young: Hungry Heart
Smokie: Hungry Heart

If you happen to have another version of this song, feel free to send it in and I'll include it in this list.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't had much luck finding a good Springsteen live archive of recordings on line. Any suggestions?


4:15 PM  
Blogger maria said...

Stars have a live cover of Hungry Heart.
Love your blog by the way! Cheers, Maria

5:01 PM  

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