The Boss Goes All Bee Gees On Us

“When in Rome…” the old saying goes.

And so, apparently, thought Bruce Springsteen when his latest tour brought him to the land down under.

While in Australia, Bruuuuuuuce decided to sing a few songs made famous by native Australians.

The first to come to The Curmudgeon’s attention was the Boss’s version of “Royals,” the brilliant hit by the Australian teenager that, when The Curmudgeon first heard it, so instantly impressed him that he got up from the dinner table – something he rarely does – to go to his iPod to see whose song it was.  You can hear Bruce’s version of “Royals” here.

And just this week The Curmudgeon read that while on that same tour, Springsteen bizarrely chose to perform a song by native Australians even older than he is:  the Bee Gees’ “Stayin ‘ Alive.”  You can hear his rendition here.

When Bruce Springsteen sings “Royals,” it’s a curiosity.  When he performs a Bee Gees disco song, you realize that these are very strange times in which we live.

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On May 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Interesting. I have a friend who is a rabid fan, and she saw him up close. And personal in Connecticut on the last night of the tour. She has seen him some 70 times, and this was a closer look than usual. She thought he looked very tired and spent. She wondered if he wasn’t feeling well, or if maybe his Mom (Adele) wasn’t well. She’s kind of a Bruce scholar, and I think the inclusion of the first song wouldn’t surprise her, but the inclusion of the second one might. He is into symbolism, so the words “stayin’ alive” seem poignant. I found out after the daft that Bruce and I stayed in the same hotel on the same night recently in Atlanta. My friend was incredulous that I had “slept under the same roof as Bruce”. Alicia Keys had dung at a wedding there the same night. I’m just missing out on all the glitterati!

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On May 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Fact. And other errors. iPod typing bites.

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On May 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Yes, auto-correct is still a work in progress.

      Sleeping under the same roof as the Boss gives you quite a tale to tell. The closest The Curmudgeon can come is that sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s he slept in the same hotel as the (pre-Marie) Osmonds in Syracuse.

      You win!

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