Label: Columbia - CK 67060 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Classic Rock
Add Genre. Add Styles. Add Moods. Add Themes. What a difference a movie makes. Bruce Springsteen has demonstrated an affinity for life's downtrodden, especially on 's stark Nebraska, a primitively recorded album of songs about murderers and other desperate characters.
He returned to this theme with a song he wrote for Philadelphia, the late film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington about a lawyer who is fired by his firm after contracting AIDS who seeks restitution. The song might have been written from the point of view of the suddenly ill and unemployed lawyer, now walking the streets.
But it is also a more general statement of alienation and dispossession that is made all the more powerful by the calm, repetitive musical pattern Nasa Arab - Various - Space Daze Springsteen's sad, resigned vocal.
While it is a powerful song, it doesn't really sound like a hit record, but that's what it became in the late winter and spring ofas the film became a box-office hit. It was nominated for the Academy Award in the same category in February.
Later that month, the single entered the charts, peaking in the Top Ten in April a month after the song won the Oscar; it also went gold. That kind of exposure leads to extensive commercial success, no matter what the song is about.
The Philadelphia soundtrack, which also featured newly written songs by Neil Young and Peter Gabriel, sold a million copies, and due to its movie connection, "Streets of Philadelphia" was taken up by the kind of people who don't normally cover Bruce Springsteen songs.
Richard Clayderman recorded it in Streets Of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits Ray Conniff inand it has appeared on a series of easy listening collections of movie Streets Of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits performed by faceless orchestras and choruses. Springsteen's own recording has been licensed for a number of compilations, and he included it on his Greatest Hits album in When Rhino Records assembled its box set, Academy Award Winning Songsthe same year, it was unable to license the Springsteen track and instead commissioned Richie Havens to record a cover version.
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