WCSX Classic Cuts
Bruce Springsteen: “Backstreets”
The Hook: The drumming on one of Max Weinberg’s favorite Springsteen songs required a lot of restraint on his part.
Album: Born to Run
Writer: Bruce Springsteen
Stats: Never released as a single, it was a staple at album rock radio.
The Background: E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg calls “Backstreets” one of his favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. He explains why.
E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg on why “Backstreets” is one of his favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. OC:…we did. :26
“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.”