"Blinded by the Light" soundtrack, featuring unreleased and classic Bruce Springsteen songs, due in August
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on July 8, 2019
A variety of Bruce Springsteen songs, including a previously unreleased studio recording and two rare live performances, will be featured on the new British coming-of-age film Blinded by the Light‘s soundtrack, which hits stores on Friday, August 9.
The movie, which opens in theaters Wednesday, August 13, is based on a true story about a U.K. teenager of Pakistani descent growing up near London in 1987 — a time of racial and economic upheaval in the country — whose life is changed after he becomes a Springsteen fan.
Three unreleased Springsteen recordings appear on the album — a studio version of Bruce’s song “I’ll Stand by You,” a version of “The River” that Springsteen and The E Street Band played in New York City in September 1979, and a solo acoustic rendition of “The Promised Land” that The Boss performed in Washington, D.C., in November 2014.
The soundtrack also features such well-known Springsteen tunes as “Dancing in the Dark,” “Badlands,” “Cover Me,” “Prove It All Night,” “Hungry Heart,” “Because the Night,” “Blinded by the Light” and “Born to Run.” In addition, the album includes dialogue segments from the movie, songs by a-ha and Pet Shop Boys, and music written specifically for the film by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman.
“As a lifelong Bruce fan, I am delighted how this soundtrack takes you through the experience of watching my movie with Springsteen music complemented by the other tracks, including very personal tracks — from my dad’s favorite song to a British Bhangra anthem,” says Blinded by the Light writer, director and producer Gurinder Chadha.
The album, which is available for pre-order now, will be released as a two-CD vinyl set on August 30 after its initial release on CD and digitally.
Here’s the soundtrack’s track list:
“Ode to Javed/Javed’s Poem” — A.R. Rahman
“It’s a Sin” — Pet Shop Boys
“The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” — a-ha
“The Boss of Us All” (dialogue)
“Dancing in the Dark” — Bruce Springsteen
“You Should Be Listening to Our Music” (dialogue)
“I Never Knew Music Could Be Like This” (dialogue)
“The River” — Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, September 21, 1979)*
“Number One Paki Film” (dialogue)
“Badlands” — Bruce Springsteen
“Cover Me” — Bruce Springsteen
“Thunder Road — Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, CA, October 18, 1975)
“Get Outta My Way Fascist Pigs” — Amer Chadha-Patel
“”Do It for Me” (dialogue)
“Prove It All Night” — Bruce Springsteen
“Hungry Heart” — Bruce Springsteen
“You, Me…and Bruce” (dialogue)
“Because the Night” — Bruce Springsteen
“Maar Chadapa” — Heera
“The Promised Land” — Bruce Springsteen (Live on The National Mall, Washington, D.C., November 11, 2014)*
“Blinded by the Light” — Bruce Springsteen
“Born to Run” — Bruce Springsteen
“I’ll Stand by You” — Bruce Springsteen (previously unreleased studio recording)*
“For You My Love” — A.R. Rahman (new original song for film)*
* = previously unavailable on an album.
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