Thursday, 21 March 2013

Chicken Skin 5: The East Street Band: Should I Fall Behind

Whether you love or loathe Bruce only a fool would deny that this whole performance bristles with emotion.
1.46: Nil Lofgren's unearthly falsetto
2.12: Patti Scialfa's sublime falsetto
2.40: The late great Clarence Clemon's saxophone; as ever just a little sharp...
3.30: The Big Man crouches to sing and... that voice comes out.
4.05: When Bruce sings 'in the shadow of the evening trees, I'll wait for you..."
5.30: Ensemble
A band of brothers for sure; they've seen better days but are still emotionally engaged with their music.


  1. Nice one Trevor.
    I've been listening to a lot tonight and finally came to this one, a song and performance that shows that even politics can make you tingle. Robert Wyatt's version of Elvis Costello and Clive Langer's Shipbuilding.
    It seems invidious to pick out a moment but if I have to it's the last section:
    "Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyards / And notifying the next of kin / Once again / Its all were skilled in
    We will be shipbuilding / With all the will in the world
    Diving for dear life / When we could be diving for pearls"
    Elvis' version is no slouch either but I feel this has the edge - the fragility in Wyatt's voice suits the song perfectly.

    1. Much as I love Elvis's quieter moments I always preferred Wyatt's version of this Seamus.
      There's a fragility to his ever fractured delivery that is knowing yet devastatingly helpless.

  2. That voodoo ESP thang persists... My next chicken skin already in in the bag when you posted...

    @ 3.03 mins of BTR:


    The highway's jammed with broken heroes
    on a last chance power drive
    Everybody's out on the run tonight
    but there's no place left to hide
    Together Wendy we can live with the sadness
    I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
    Someday girl I don't know when we're gonna get to that place
    Where we really wanna go and we'll walk in the sun
    But till then tramps like us
    Baby we were born to run

    Oh honey, tramps like us
    Baby we were born to run

    Come on with me, tramps like us
    Baby we were born to run..."

    1. Voodoo indeed TT, that moment when Bruce counts the band back in is possibly my Chicken Skin of all Chicken Skins.
      I'll be mentioning it much later...

  3. - overwhelming emotion & energy packed into BTR. Most powerful rock n' roll song ever? And did I even mention Clarence's mind-blowing sax solo?
    - If I Fall Behind is on my list of "immortal wounds" of course, and it's difficult to describe the emotions it stirs in this old soul. The "band" video is very special, almost "too intimate"... Thanks for posting it again.
    (leaving Florida, on our way back to the great white North after our best winter ever...)