August 25th, 2015

Bruce

happy birthday, Born to Run

Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. I was six years old when it came out, and my parents bought it right away and listened to it pretty endlessly. "Thunder Road," "Backstreets," the title track, "Tenth Avenue Freezeout," "Jungleland," and especially "She's the One" are part of the soundtrack of my childhood. These songs are in my DNA, and I still get a shiver when I hear them played loud on a set of speakers, whether at my computer, in my car, on my iPod, or live in concert.

I still remember a version of "She's the One" at the Izod Center a few years back, in attendance with Laura Anne Gilman and Julianne Lee, in which Roy Bittan did amazing things with the piano, that just gave me goosebumps. And there are few sensations more amazing than listeninbeing in an arena or stadium full of thousands of people all crying out, "WHOA-OA!" at the appropriate points in "Born to Run."

So happy birthday, O album of my youth....

Here's a great video of the band at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 touring to promote the album, doing "She's the One." Dig them crazy threads!

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TOS Rewatch

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "Space Seed"

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! The TOS Rewatch does "Space Seed."

An excerpt:
I’m a doctor, not an escalator. McCoy’s disdain for the transporter is first seen here, as he complains that he signed on to practice medicine, not to have his atoms shot across space by “this gadget.”

He also has one of his absolute finest moments when Khan wakes up and grabs his throat while putting a scalpel to his neck. McCoy very calmly tells him to either choke him or cut his throat, and to hurry up and make up his mind. When Khan asks where he is, McCoy’s bland response is, “In bed, holding a knife to your doctor’s throat,” adding blithely that it would be more efficient to slice open the carotid artery just under the ear. Khan is impressed by his bravery, but McCoy says he was just trying to avoid an argument. And that, boys and girls, is why Leonard McCoy is the best ever.
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    "Silvio" by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead