Way back in 1973, Bruce Springsteen ruled the charts, and he released a song called Blinded by the light. He said then that the track happened as he was flipping through a rhyming dictionary looking for words, presumably for lyrics. And he added words that made sense to him and his friends, “Madman drummers, bummers, and Indians in the summers with a teenage diplomat"…The chorus went: "Blinded by the light, cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night". It was the first single from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and didn’t do well at all. But a reprise by Manfred Mann in 1977 blew its way up the charts and got better known!
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Now the song has inspired a new film called Blinded By The Light, directed by Gurinder Chadha. The story is derived from the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, who has a passion for Springsteen’s music and speaks of Javed, a British Pakistani Muslim teenager growing up in Luton in 1987. It stars Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell and others. And as Javed grows up, he finds his own voice…There are 12 songs originally by Springsteen in the film, including some unusual ones rarely heard, like I’ll stand by you and an acoustic version of The promised land.
The Pet Shop Boys (remember West End girls and It’s a sin?) and our very own AR Rahman. Yes, the Mozart of Madras – why don’t we like that name very much? – has come up with a new song called For you my love that has a Sufi, lounge, soft hip-hop vibe and sounds laidback and chill. Here, listen in…