The Daily Cut: Bruce Springsteen “Backstreets”

Bruce Springsteen: “Backstreets”

ALBUM: Born To Run

YEAR: 1975

WRITER: Bruce Springsteen

Never released as a single, it was a staple at album rock radio.

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg calls “Backstreets” one of his favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. He explains why. “I guess what hit me most about it was the emotionalism of the lyrics. I felt particularly proud to play on that record, because it was a kind of an involved drum part, it involved not playing a lot, just getting into that tom-tom figure – ba-ba-ba-ba-boom bom-boom, ba-ba-ba-ba-boom bom-boom. And if anyone’s every heard ‘Running Scared’ by Roy Orbison, that was the kind of tension we wwere trying to create. And I like to think we did.”

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