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Jesse Malin - "Hungry Heart"

This is the one-thousandth Bruce Springsteen cover I've posted on StG. The truth: this is a Bruce Springsteen cover blog. However, as Springsteen basically jacked everything he ever did from the work of Abraham Maslow, I think it's only fair to call a spade "a spade" and recognize that StG is, at its core, an Abraham Maslow appreciation page, or "fan-site". "Everybody needs a place to rest/everybody wants to have a home," sings Malin reciting Springsteen stealing from Maslow's seminal A Theory of Human Motivation. The only observation that Springsteen adds to Maslow's thoughts is that "everybody has a hungry heart" - a claim that is absurd on its face. Hearts aren't even the kind of thing that can be hungry.

Anyway, ethical transgressions aside, the song's a heartbreaker and the force-of-nature distorted guitar-drum machine combo is like the game of baccarat: outmoded and potentially ruinous. What?! Recommended! [Buy]


The Louvin Brothers - "In The Pines"

A contradiction:

Jilted, the Louvin Brothers leave their home in Tennessee and move in among the pines, where it is both pitch black and quite cold. This is, of course, a babyish response to broken-heartedness.

Louvin Brothers: (stomping feet) Fine! you don't love us anymore?! Then we're going to live in the pines!

"Little Girl": C'mon guys, that's stupid. We can still be friends.

Louvin Brothers: (lying on their stomachs, flailing) No no no no no!

Yet, the occasional mandolin flourishes, and the astounding eight-bar electric guitar solo display such emotional maturity and subtlety that it forces one to question the very foundations of classical mathematics: on what grounds do we believe the law of the excluded middle and the law of noncontradiction? Recommended! [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at June 14, 2006 1:44 AM

The link for Jesse Malin - "Hungry Heart" is broken.

Posted by czarfred at June 14, 2006 2:09 AM


Posted by Jordan at June 14, 2006 2:27 AM

That was the first Louvin Brothers track I ever heard. Neko Case played it on a CBC radio show several years ago, and I fell in love with it. Not too much later, I bought Tragic Songs of Life, and it remained a fave until I heard them make a reference to "darkies" in the song "Kentucky". As a black person, that was, well...kinda heart-breaking. I give 'em props for their angelic harmonies, but they kinda left a bad taste in my mouth there, y'know?

Posted by Al aka El Negro Magnifico at June 14, 2006 3:07 AM

If If and
desire - sustenance = hunger

Therefore, yes, the heart can be starving. Try as I might, no amount of yogic meditation has rid me of desire yet. That's where the music comes in. When it's working.

Posted by lisa at June 14, 2006 4:10 AM

Lisa, i don't know if we've told you yet, but you are totally winning our Best New Commenter of the Month award.

(the prize: our thanks.)

Posted by Sean at June 14, 2006 5:06 AM

There's a really great band called DeYarmond Edison in Raleigh, NC (my neck of the woods) that's been doing a version of this song at their shows lately. I don't think they have it online anywhere, but it's pretty hot.

Posted by spookyjon at June 14, 2006 4:49 PM

Thanks for this cover, first noise was "medium" but after few more words I enterred this song again and again..Bruce´s version is not so lazy but now I like this one pretty much ´cause I feel my own heart just hungry....Tx:)

Posted by Petr at June 15, 2006 6:10 AM

y'all know that's a leadbelly song right? i guess they wrote their own verses, but the refrain is totally straight out of leadbelly's "where did you sleep last night". if you already knew this and i'm just being a redundant ass, then i sincerely apologize.

Posted by devin at June 15, 2006 12:18 PM

leadbelly did a version of it, as did the louvin brothers, as did any number of other people, but it's a traditional song. kurdt has misled you again, although the leadbelly version is plenty different enough to count as its own song.

Posted by steve at June 18, 2006 4:14 PM

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