Back in March, in my ‘Import Charge’ article, I looked at all the great artists that did not come from the USA. As I mentioned in that article, I was starting to get worried that maybe there were no great musical acts that came from within our 50 states. Obviously I say that tongue in cheek, but still wanted to do an article with some of the great bands that came from right inside the USA. And as I do with every theme, I created this month’s corresponding ‘Born In The USA’ Spotify playlist.
So I’m going to ‘Jump’ right into things with Van Halen’s song of the same name. I know this band’s music received a lot of playtime last year with the passing of their amazing cofounder and guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Some would say that Van Halen reenergized the rock scene in the late 70 and early 80s. But you can say similar things about all the other rock bands on my playlist such as Nirvana, Metallica, Pearl Jam and Aerosmith as well. Full disclosure, Eddie Van Halen wasn’t born in the USA, but I’m still counting them. His family moved here when he was a child and before he started playing. So Van Halen‘s great music is a point for America, at least in my eyes.
With previous playlists, I try expose you to some groups you may not normally listen to. This playlist is no different. I’ve included some classics as Parliament, Pixies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead and The Byrds. These bands were staples for their listeners with at least one, Grateful Dead, still today having a huge group of followers, the Deadheads. For those of you that don’t know, the Deadheads would follow the band to try to see them perform as many times as possible.
The artist though that I am spotlighting this month is Bruce Springsteen. This only seems right with this month’s ‘Born In The USA’ Spotify playlist. Springsteen’s album of the same name was their most successful album. I won’t get into the political statement being made with this song since this is not a music review, but you should check it out for yourself. This particular album came out in 1984, which is past the time where I became a Springsteen fan. I started to drive several years before that in my first car, a 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix. One of the 8-tracks that were a staple in my car was ‘Born to Run’. I wore out that 8-track tape by playing it so many times. If you listen to that song I’m sure you can see why I fell in love with it as a teen. Because I want you to hear the song that was so impactful as a teen, I broke my rule and included two Springsteen songs on my playlist this month.
Who do you think is one of the greatest bands from the USA? If you haven’t reached out to me with your favorites, what are you waiting for? Check back next month when my August theme is ‘Reese’s Cups’. Hopefully that candy goodness piques your interest while you enjoy the summer weather until next month’s article.