When a song appears on one of the most iconic albums of all time, Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A., and has to compete with “Dancing in the Dark,” “Glory Days” the title track, and “My Hometown,” a song like “I’m On Fire” can easily get lost in the musical shuffle. After all, the song was a bit of a throw-in to begin with, having been written two years prior and originally intended for 1982’s Nebraska.
Reaching number six on the Billboard charts, “I’m On Fire” was the fourth single to be released from Born In The U.S.A. and has been covered extensively of late with notable versions from Bat For Lashes, Whitehorse, as well as a Waylon Jennings-countrified version from Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, and a sultry spin from Heather Nova.
And now, in support of their upcoming album release, Something in the Water, Leeds pop-rock band The Dunwells have added their voices to the canon with a somewhat sparse acoustic version of the song. With just the brothers Dunwell sitting on a couch with guitar in hand, the song is brought to life with the guitar interplay entwined with familial harmonies that create a lush sound that is perfectly suited for the song. Increasing in pace and urgency as it rolls along, the imagery of the lust and desire that is inherent in the song makes for a powerful ending and a welcome addition to the Bruce Springsteen cover song family.