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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

Year:
1975

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.”

Bruce Springsteen - Backstreets

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Toronto July 26th 1984