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FlinterFile: Patti Smith- Because The Night

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In 1977, Patti Smith released her only big hit. Bruce Springsteen had written the music and the chorus, and gave it to Patti, as it was fit for her. However, Patti was not sure about recording the song, the demo by Bruce Springsteen convinced her. She filled in the rest of the text when she was waiting for her husband, who would call her. Jimmy Iovine got to produce the song (he worked with Bruce on his Born To Run album), since he also had the idea to give it to Patti Smith. He started his career with it. Although the song was a hit and the text was good, Patti Smith later thought of it as very commercial. It became a number 13 hit in the US, a number 5 hit in the UK, and it made enough money to buy a Cordoba for Patti’s father. And Bruce? He did record the song, though it took some years, since he was struggling to get the rights. Enjoy

Patti Smith Group- Because The Night

FlinterFile: Breakfast Club- Right On Track

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In 1987, a new wave band that was formed in the late seventies had their only charting hit from their only album. And in that time, Madonna (not yet famous, as she debuted in 1983) played drums and guitar in the band. The band would rehearse all through the night and eat breakfast together in a local diner, hence the name. Madonna left the band when she was not allowed to be the frontlady… this particular song was produced by Jimmy Iovine (producer at the time of U2, the Pretenders, and Bruce Springsteen), the background vocals were sung by Jocelyn Brown. And Madonna? She was furious… the song ended on number 7 in the US and number 54 in the UK. Enjoy

Breakfast Club- Right On Track