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Who Is A Better Songwriter / Singer ?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    John Fogerty or Bruce Springsteen ?
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    Try to tell me objectively ( if that's possible ?)
    your reasons for your vote.
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    I'll hold my vote til later ---
    and I think I know who will win this poll.
     
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    Springsteen. Case settled. Next question, please ...
     
  3. Joe Strummer

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    I think John Fogerty has written a better catalogue of
    songs than Springsteen.
    Not by much
    That isn't going by record/CD sales --
    ( I assume Springsteen has sold more ?)
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    "Proud Mary" at this point, is an American folk song.
    "Born In The USA" is not.
     
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    I think of CCR/Fogerty more as commercial pop. Springsteen, particularly with the very early works, is very earthy and poetic.

    Yeah, For You and Growin Up will never get the radio airplay that Proud Mary does, but they are much deeper meaningful compositions.
     
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    I'd say Fogerty, because in my opinion Springstein is awful. And living in NJ, I have to hear his garbage far too often.

    TFK
     
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    ^ What he said ^
    I thought I was the only one who thinks Bruce sucks :vomit:
     
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    In the "worst Xmas songs" post, I listed Springsteen. He's an awful awful singer, and he looks like he's taking a painful crap when he's belching into the microphone. Can't understand a damn thing he "sings", either. All vowels, no consonants. EEE ahhh ooooh nnnnnn ehhhhh oooooo. No thanks.
     
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    I thought Springsteen fans would win this poll.
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    I thought Bruce did some good stuff + I saw him
    at his beginning ( as an opening act ) and later
    as headliner in an Arena sold out.
    He did play for 3 hours.....and I don't know how you
    do that ( and keep your voice ) on a tour ?
    But
    Song for song ---
    Fogerty wrote better songs ( yeh, I agree...sometimes more "pop"
    than Bruce.........but Bruce was NEVER like Dylan lyrically ---
    (which his P.R. Machine was trying to make him out to be.)
    And I got "Bruced Out" w/ all the airplay.
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    His "Santa Comes To Town" -- I turn it off, too.
    I could NEVER stand the PHONEY LAUGHING at the end.
    "We're having so much fun !....doing it for the 20th time, again !"
    Yeh.....like you didn't laugh it up in EVERY OTHER Town when
    you played it.......and were recording it.:Þ
     
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    I was going to weigh in but it seems like your mind was made up from the get-go.

    For me they are not even in the same league.
     
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    Blinded By The Light lyrics could easily pass for those of Dylan. Veiled and cryptic! I can vividly imagine Mr. Zimmerman sitting on the stool with the harmonica holder thing and the beat-up acoustic 6 string crying out "Madman, drummers, bummers ..." in only the way he could. :)

    The score of Backstreets is about as Dylanesque as you can get, if that is indeed a word. :)

    My experience was just the opposite. Both of these artists came in during the years I was "graduating" from top-40 AM to what would later be known as AOR FM. (Think WMCA/WABC -> WNEW) Although, Springsteen came a bit later.

    Proud Mary was overplayed on AM! It was a catchy tune, but kinda got to me like Jingle Bell Rock does in Las Vegas. :) Same with that "... take a ride to the end of the highway" and "doo doo doo lookin' out my back door", (Don't remember the actual names of those, sorry) both majorly overplayed.

    I don't think Springsteen got any significant airplay until maybe 1975 or so.
     
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    I think Fogarty has a better voice

    I dont really know who wrote Bruce's early songs but if he did I think he gets the nod as a writer. Too many good songs to mention,besides the usual Jersey Shore band stuff I really liked the movie themes from Atlantic City and Philadelphia.
     
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    Springsteen in a walk. Not even close. Better singer, better writer, better band, better show.
     
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    I never got the whole Springsteen "legend" status thing, but know most do... I'll take Fogarty!!!
     
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    There is no accounting for taste, Springsteen was huge in New Jersey and Philly in the mid 70's and 80's, but you have to include the E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, and all.

    Fogarty? Look at me, centerfield.... Are you freakin' serious? I just read he played all the instruments on that album himself. Didn't he have anyone to play with?

    Springsteen was "The Boss" I saw him three times at the Spectrum, his live shows were great. Never saw Fogarty.

    Don't forget Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, another great band from the area and era.
     
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    Watch the HBO 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll HOF special. Fogarty was good in his CCR days but does not come close to the dude who wrote "Jungleland" and so many other timeless legendary songs.
     
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    Whenever I want to piss off my fishing buddy (he is from Jersey) I just tell him that Springsteen sucks. It's just like throwing out a topwater lure to a hungry bass.
     
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    I'm voting for Springsteen, although his voice is definitely an acquired taste. Sort of like Bob Dylan. ;)
     
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