I understand “Born in the U.S.A.” was actually written around the time of Nebraska; do any other songs on the new album date from that period?
Actually, half of the Born in the U.S.A. album was recorded at the time of Nebraska. When we initially went in the studio to try to record Nebraska with the band, we recorded the first side of Born in the U.S.A., and the rest of the time I spent tryin’ to come up with the second side – “Bobby Jean,” “My Hometown,” almost all those songs. So if you look at the material, particularly on the first side, it’s actually written very much like Nebraska – the characters and the stories, the style of writing – except it’s just in the rock-band setting.
Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. was released 29 years ago today.