Vampire Weekend first covered Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down” a week or so ago, but the cell phone concert captures were too awful to bother with. Well now a pristine recording has surfaced. Was it worth the wait? Depends on what you compare it to.
The band performed the song for Seattle radio station The End 107.7. Their version strips away the Born in the U.S.A. original’s sax solo ‘80s drum pounds (sorry Max Weinberg). The piano-guitar arrangement suits the tune better. It’s nothing transformative, but it’s miles better than that “Ruby Soho” they did earlier this year. Watch the Bruce below, then relive the “Ruby Soho” if you feel like punishing yourself.
Vampire Weekend – Ruby Soho (Rancid cover)