The song, “Because the Night“, originally written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen, was redone by rocker Patti Smith (who Bruce gave co-authorship to) and first released for use on her “Easter” album.
The Patti Smith studio version from 1978 starts off with a beautiful light piano, then explodes into an energetic rock/punk classic full of youthful rebellion, love and undying passion.
Her live version, performed years later, is much more sedate, but no less passionate. Through age and experience Patti makes this an even deeper song – instead of the crazy reckless excitement of young love, it’s the enduring faithfulness of lasting love and a lifetime of journeys taken together.
Bruce would take to singing the song in concert, turning it into a crowd favorite. He later released his original studio recording on a compilation album, “The Promise“, in 2010. I like Patti’s studio version better, though.
I truly enjoyed the version by Natalie Merchant and 10, 000 Maniacs. Even though it has less of a hungering desperation than the original it doesn’t detract from it. It doesn’t take it off in a totally different direction, necessarily, but the group owns it. The addition of the backing orchestra is an outstanding choice.
The Co. Ro. version featuring Taleesa (???) is fine for what it is: a dance club mix. I’m sure it’ll get the people on the floor and moving, but the song almost has no soul. It’s got a beat and … I’m not even sure anyone listening to it in this form would even care about meaning and lyrical content.
The Cascada (again I say ????) version is sped up and sounds pretty pop, dancy and ultimately disposable.
Screaming Females, along with Garbage, fronted by Shirley Manson, released a version of this last year, for Record Store Day, that brings the song back to its punky hard-driving roots and even blows it out of the water in some ways. It’s like an ultra defiant, in-your-face, kick-your-arse anarchist’s anthem and rallying cry. The guitar shredding brought to the forefront around the 3:39 mark is ah-ma-zing!
It is so hard to take the next version seriously when looking at the supremely 80′s video done by Keel. But even listening to it with your eyes closed doesn’t help. Once you see the video, you cannot unsee it. Not that I think their audio is actually good or anything, because I don’t. I think it’s a nondescript mess of wailing guitar chords and smug, unimpressive vocals.
Originally posted on theGrio:
McGruder has inked a deal with Adult Swim for a live action show called Black Jesus, which will co-star comic actors John Witherspoon and Charlie Murphy.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the new half-hour live-action scripted comedy finds Jesus living in present-day Compton, Calif., on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.”
Largely unknown actor Gerald “Slink” Johnson will take on the lead role and the series is expected to debut sometime this year.
Meanwhile, McGruder’s long delayed fourth season of The Boondocks is set to air this April on