Power pop classic is what Brilliant Disguise is. Bruce in the 80s was everywhere I mean you would have have had to been living under a rock not to know all the hits that came from Born In The USA! (Downbound Train a non single is a personal fav) but like everything going around on him at the time Bruce ducks out into his home studio cranks out The Tunnel Of Love album with various E Street characters and when the tour was done Bruce pink slipped em all! Brilliant Disguise!
This song when it was released on Oct 3 1987 (5 days before my 20th Birthday) became a instant fav of mine! It’s Bruce kinda bummed out going on about self doubt I suppose and the whole song verses/chorus etc it’s just plain out classic! Bruce is strumming acoustic and its just simple with drums and keys. That’s it!
Now for me I always regard the sonics of the tune through the grooves of vinyl/cd back than. Tunnel Of Love though I bought on cassette but man when i seen the vid of Bruce chilling in a kitchen strumming his guitar eyeballing the screen as he sings I was hooked! Videos never sold me on buying music as I was a music buying junkie I had the albums before the videos were made (for the most part) but the video made me buy the cassette ?? but man this coulda been Bruce in anyone of our kitchens back than! Imagine that…”hey Bruce whadda want in your coffee?” Me and Tbone have talked about this video how simple yet effective it was as everyone back than was doing million $ videos ! Kudos to Bruce for just stripping it back….
Great song delivered with a Arena Rock Chill Vibe on this Sunday March 1 2015! (Thank You Mr Springsteen!)
Special Thanks to Aaron At The KMA for sending me all things sonically Bruce!