I’ve never been a big Springsteen fan, but he seems like a decent guy, and I’d probably rather have a beer or two with him than a lot of people whose music I’m crazy about. Now, through the magic of  a certain blog, I understand Bruce a little better. But I’m also perplexed as to why these guys didn’t become enormously rich and popular here in the US. This stuff has the faint indications of Jerry Lee Lewis’ pathologies interwound with the sweet English folk sensibilty of the Springfields , Spanky and our Gang, and the Seekers.  I keep playing it because it’s so damned eerie. It’s as though it comes from a slightly more interesting parallel world.