Mar 102011

Superchunk singer Mac McCaughan knows how to cut to the core of a song. We last saw him do it by paring down Jay Reatard’s ripping “My Shadow” into a haunted confession. Now, he strips away the synth layers and drum bursts from Bruce Springsteen’s “Bobby Jean” to reveal a new emotional core.

The acoustic strumming arguably fits the lyrics better than the blasting Born in the U.S.A. original. A regretful remembrance supposedly written upon the departure of Little Steven from the E Street Band, “Bobby Jean” pleads for one chance to say goodbye. McCaughan delivers the message like a Romeo whose Juliet has moved to Frisco. He stands on the lawn singing his heart out to a second-story room where someone he cared for used to live.

Mac McCaughan – Bobby Jean (Bruce Springsteen cover)


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  1. […] Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan performed covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Bobby Jean” and Jay Reatard’s “My Shadow” and the full band recorded a John Cale Christmas […]

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