Listening to this 2008 Bruce track was like being transported back to vintage Bruce music. It’s a wonderful track and possesses all the hallmarks about what made Bruce Springsteen the household name he came to be. Even the lyrics of Girls in their Summer Clothes is reminiscent of a breezy ‘young Bruce‘:
Frankie’s Diner, an old friend on the edge of town,
The neon sign spinning round,
Like a cross over the lost and found.
Fluorescent lights flicker over Pop’s Grill,
Shaniqua brings the coffee and asks “Fill?”
and says, “Penny for your thoughts now my boy, Bill”
I was so impressed with Bruce’s 2002 post September 11 The Rising album which has already featured in part here that I had to procure his Magic record in 2008. Although it’s not up to The Rising‘s level, Magic is still pretty good and the highlight is today’s track – Girls in their Summer Clothes which won the best rock song at the 51st Grammy awards. Springsteen subsequently confessed: “I didn’t even know I was up for a Grammy! I opened the newspaper on Monday and saw that I had won, and thought, ‘Well, that’s great!
The song featured prominently in the Magic 2007-2008 tour often as the encore song.
The album ranked number two on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. They love Bruce! It was said by the band’s manager Jon Landau who formerly wrote for RollingStone that Magic would have a heavy E Street Rock sound. He also wrote way back when – 1974 to be exact, in the Real Paper “I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen,“.
1. Magic – Wikipedia