Tuesday, January 18, 2005

... AND HE NEVER HAD A PINK CADILLAC, EITHER: Contact Music suggest that Paul Heaton has "slammed" Bruce Springsteen's songwriting, but it looks more to us like he's merely used Bruce as an example of how most writers have to think themselves into other situations:

"Most writers are playing out a position and most songs are artificial, trying to get into the situation of the person you're writing about, playing a role, trying to feel as close to their position as possible.

"Look at Bruce Springsteen in Better Days - 'A life of leisure and pirate's treasure don't make much for tragedy.' Springsteen is a rich and successful man but he's trying to feel the opposite of what life at home must be like for himself. He's deliberately trying to write a blues lyric."