What song did Bruce Springsteen originally intend to give to the Ramones? Which city did the singer send greetings from on his debut album? If you know the answers, you would’ve done OK on Thursday night’s Jeopardy!, which devoted an entire category to the singer.
While the other categories in the show’s first round all had Springsteen-related themes — “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Glory Days,” “Cover Me,” “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” and “The ‘E’ Street Band” — one category dealt exclusively with the singer himself. Opening with the track that was “proposed as New Jersey’s state song…despite two suicide mentions,” host Alex Trebek goes on to quote one popular movie soundtrack and reference Springsteen’s “Whip My Hair” appearance on “this TV host’s” show.
E Street Band fans weren’t as lucky, as their knowledge was wasted upon finding out the category only focused on words starting with the letter “E.”
The real Springsteen recently paused his vacation in Portugal to appear with the Rolling Stones for “Tumbling Dice.” And while the singer has no live shows scheduled for the immediate future, he remains busy. On July 9th, Springsteen will release Hunter of Invisible Game, a short film he co-directed with longtime collaborator Thom Zinny. While little is known about the film, Springsteen spoke to Rolling Stone about the title, which doubles as a track on his recently released album High Hopes.
“I wrote [the title] down years ago, and I don’t remember a lot about it except I said, ‘That’s a nice title,’ said Springsteen. “I wrote it down and it sat there. Then I did more reading of other things. And I started to get into this sort of post-apocalyptic idea. The idea of these travellers in the wasteland, and what’s the guy trying to do? He’s trying to hold onto their humanness, their humanity in all of this ruin. That was the idea. That’s who this guy is, the guy who is hunting out remnants of what makes the spirit. It’s probably one of my favorite things on the record.”