It's a topic for another post on another day, but the way that a lot of hardcore Bruce fans treat "Born in the U.S.A." has always aggravated me. Sure, it's the album that introduced Bruce to the masses, led to stadium shows and generally made it more difficult to get tickets. And no, it's not "Born to Run" or "Darkness on the Edge of Town."
But it's also the only album of Bruce's to top the Pazz 'n Jop poll, and it's the only Bruce album that was awarded an A-plus by Christgau.
This is one of the most joyous Bruce performances in a career full of them - from Dave Letterman's last show on NBC.
"Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen, from the summer of 1984.