Of course, I was aware of the runaway smash Born in the U.S.A. (1984) from its radio and MTV airplay, but I had no concept of his prior work or his importance to the rock music landscape. And this album missed my radar entirely until years later.
Last year I featured the albums of 1972, ’82, ’92 and 2002 (starting with ’72 because it’s my birth year) and earlier this year I rewound to look at the music of 1970. My plan is to cover 1980, 1990 and 2000 before the year is through.
When he was bigger than anybody else in the rock-n-roll universe, as big as he would ever get, Bruce Springsteen once again defied expectations, this time by putting out his most personal and introspective album yet.
1987’s Tunnel of Love, released three years after Born in the U.S.A., was the first Springsteen album that felt like autobiography. And the personal matter he explored happened to be the dissolving of his brief marriage to model/actress Julianne Phillips.