Everybody loves the Boss for his blue collar rock anthems – the kind that make you stand up in your chair, throw your fist in the air, sing along at the top of your lungs, maybe even make your feet shuffle – but there are very few songs that move me the way the slower, driving late at night number does.
Glancing through YouTube, there are dozens of covers by all sorts of artists from many different genres. This morning I stumbled upon a version by Kate Tucker backed by members of Lovedrug.
Kate’s made her version of “I’m on Fire” available for free via Bandcamp where you can also listen to (and buy) Kate’s most recent release, Ghost of Something New.
I feel like this week’s featured band is sort of cheating in a way. Most of the bands that I’ll be featuring are probably not very well known outside of their hometowns and are using Bandcamp.com as a way to reach an audience that they normally wouldn’t be able to. But, when I heard that J. Robbins of Jawbox, Burning Airlines, etc. fame had a new band and that he was making that band’s first 7″ single available digitally on Bandcamp, well, I had to toss my rules aside.
I don’t think J. Robbins fans are going to be at all surprised when they hear Office of Future Plans – the angular post-punk riffage and Robbins’ unmistakable vocals are right in line with what he’s been doing for the last 20 years.
For $2, you can grab “Harden Your Heart” and the b-side, a cover of The Stranglers’ “Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead”.