Featured Album: "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen
“Born in the U.S.A.” is the seventh studio album from American rock icon Bruce Springsteen released on June 4, 1984. The recording of the album took place over two years. During that time, Bruce had produced over eighty tracks, comprised multiple ideas for potential album concepts, but ended up scratching them all in lieu of releasing his album “Nebraska” with the best of the lot that had been recorded so far. After supporting “Nebraska” and working towards multiple failed attempts in his home studio, Bruce decided to link back up with the E Street Band at The Hit Factory to try some out of his material with a live band. After stumbling across the missing puzzle piece, Bruce bounced back and forth between producers and studios, working with both Chuck Plotkin and Jon Landau at The Power Station and The Hit Factory in New York City, which resulted in an electrifying enclave of anthems set to take ‘80s radio by storm. “Born in the U.S.A.” landed seven top-10 hit singles over the next two years, launched a worldwide tour, and became the defining album of Springsteen’s career. As for the iconic album art, the rear focus of Rolling Stone photographer Annie Leibovitz’s lens brought to life a pop culture image that encapsulated masculinity, patriotism, but most of all, a tasteful nod to America’s working class. One of the biggest entertainers in the world took the stage clad in blue jeans, a white t-shirt, and an ordinary baseball cap (a simple staple to most men’s wardrobes at the time) and turned it into an easily replicable fashion statement that anyone born in the U.S.A. could wear proudly. Turn your hat to the back and celebrate this Album of the Year nominated cultural reset from ‘the Boss’ by streaming some of its many hits, including “Dancing in the Dark,” “I’m on Fire,” “My Hometown,” and the title track that started it all now on Spotify!