- 20 Jun 17
STEVE VAN ZANDT was busy helping Bruce record Darkness On The Edge Of Town when the first Hot Press came out. He recalls it's not always easy gestation, wishes us happy birthday and looks forward to his upcoming visit to Dublin with his Disciples Of Soul. Interview: STUART CLARK
Steve Van Zandt has somewhat mixed feelings about the year Hot Press emerged blinking into the sunlight.
“1977, yeah, that was a strange one,” he says with a nod of his bandana-ed head. “We were still recording Darkness On The Edge Of Town, and having daily arguments about which of the 40 or so songs we’d amassed should make it onto the record. Needless to say, Bruce won every single one of them! I think The Promise album of Darkness… outtakes that was released in 2010 proved my point about some of the songs that were left off being as good as, if not better, than the ones that were included. I thought, ‘Great, now they’re out there we might get to play some of ‘em live’, but their rehabilitation in Bruce’s eyes was only partial and none of them made it onto the set-list when we toured that year. I said to Bruce, ‘If there’s a God, you better look out because you’re going to be struck by lightning for taking all this shit for granted! Other people could have a career with the songs you’ve discarded!’ Bruce is crazy like that; sometimes he just doesn’t play his best stuff.
“Anyway, the pressure was on to at the very least match Born To Run’s commercial success, so the atmosphere at the time in the studio was both creative and tense. It turned out pretty good in the end though, didn’t it?”