In just over a week I’ll be in Dublin with some friends, 30,000 actually, for the next leg of Springsteen’s ‘Radio Nowhere’ tour. Let’s just say, I’m a fan.
This isn’t Springsteen, but it is McFly, to whom my daughter is devoted. They did this version of Born to Run in the Radio 1 Live Lounge, and I think it’s brilliant. Seriously! And I’ll tell you why.
Firstly, BTR is rock royalty and thus hard to cover. And it has the greatest 1-2-3-4 in rock and roll history (…highway’s jammed with broken heroes…) McFly tackle it though, not as arrogant, cocky youngsters who think they can do anything. Rather they go at it as fans, and in doing so they respect the Boss. I love the energy in their version. But what particularly endears them to me here is their sheer relief at the end, expressed in a huge roar, that they nailed it. They didn’t embarrass themselves. They honoured the place of that song and it’s history.
My daughter downloaded the MP3 for me and it’s now on my ipod, alongside a variety of versions of this song.
There’s my confession of the day MH! I have McFly on my ipod.