BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Born in the U.S.A. Celebrates Its Anniversary
Bruce Springsteen released his most successful album, Born in the U.S.A., 30 years ago today. Since June 4th, 1984, it has sold more than 15-million copies in the U.S. (30-million worldwide).
Springsteen’s seventh studio album followed 1982’s Nebraska. It produced seven Top 10 singles:
•”Dancing in the Dark,” which went to number-one
•”My Hometown” (peaked at number-seven)
•”Born in the U.S.A.,” “Glory Days” and “I’m Goin’ Down” (all reached number-nine)
•”Cover Me” (number-10).
The video for the first single, “Dancing in the Dark,” featured an unknown actress, Courteney Cox, dancing with Springsteen on stage. The clip was filmed during the first show of the tour on June 29th, 1984 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The tour in support of the album extended to 156 shows through October 2nd, 1985.
While the title track was taken by some as patriotic, it was meant to convey the negative effects of the Vietnam War on Americans, something that was lost on President Reagan and his staff. During a September 1984 campaign stop in New Jersey, Reagan said, “America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.” This did not sit well with Springsteen, who said it made him “angry” and made him “think a lot harder” about what he was “doing and the way to communicate” what he “was communicating.”