“I ain’t nothing but tired, man I’m just tired and bored with myself…”
I said yesterday when I was writing about Lady Gaga‘s new video for The Edge of Glory that I would pay proper tribute to the legend of the Big Man, Bruce Springsteen‘s right-hand man Clarence Clemons, who tragically died last week after complications during surgery. I figured there was no better way to do this than with what’s quite possibly my favourite Springsteen video.
This comes to you from what is probably Springsteen’s commercial peak. Born in the U.S.A. is the album, and the singles are coming thick and fast. This one sees the E-Street Band in their environment, as a guitar-less Springsteen cheerfully dances about without a care in the world. Clarence is also a major stand-out here – the one thing you could never take away from the E-Street Band was just how big a character he was. Even when he wasn’t playing a sax part, he’d always have the crowd’s attention, and he’d be completely immersed in the music, dancing and clapping along. You could just tell it meant the world to him, and that’s what I admire so much about Clarence.
Of course, the video is also well known for being the first major acting break for a young Courteney Cox. Never been a big fan of hers by any stretch, but she does a great job as the lucky dancing fan here. This is a feel-good video at its essence, and it reminds me of the greatness of Springsteen, Clarence – the whole band, really – every time I watch it. Embrace it. And dance.
R.I.P., Big Man.