DANCING IN THE DARK

Album version

I get up in the evening and I ain't got nothing to say
I come home in the morning, I go to bed feelin' the same way
I ain't nothing but tired, man I'm just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

Message just keep getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving 'round my place*
I check my look in the mirror, I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man, I ain't getting nowhere, I'm just living in a dump like this
There's something happening somewhere, baby I just know that there is

You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

You sit around getting older, there's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
I'll shake this world off my shoulders, come on baby this laugh's on me

Stay on the streets of this town and they'll be carving you up alright
They say you gotta stay hungry, hey baby, I'm just about starving tonight
I'm dying for some action, I'm sick of sitting 'round here tryin' to write this book
I need a love reaction, come on now baby gimme just one look

You can't start a fire sitting 'round cryin' over a broken heart
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
You can't start a fire worryin' about your little world fallin' apart
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Hey baby!


A huge hit and the first single from the Born In The USA album.

The Born In The USA recording sessions took place between early 1982 and March 1984 at both The Hit Factory and The Power Station studios, New York City, NY (but I have no information in which the album version of DANCING IN THE DARK was recorded). The album was in the mixing stage in March 1984, and it was the time to select which tracks will make it on the record among the 70 songs cut during those sessions. Bruce finally felt he had the records together, but co-producer and manager Jon Landau didn't.

One afternoon in March 1984, in Springsteen's room at the Lyden House in New York City, Landau presents an argument that what the album needs is one more song; a first single, one that sums up Bruce's current state of mind. As Dave Marsh writes in his book Glory Days, "Springsteen balked, then exploded. 'Look,' he snarled, 'I've written 70 songs. If you want another one, you write it.'"

The argument proved to be just the spark Springsteen needed to light his creative fire. He picks up an acoustic guitar and begins writing DANCING IN THE DARK - just the kind of song Landau was looking for. The song is about the isolation Bruce felt after The River's success and about his frustration trying to write a hit single ("I'm sick of sitting 'round here tryin' to write this book"). Ironically, it did become a hit single.

Bruce Springsteen speaking about DANCING IN THE DARK in 1987: "It was just like my heart spoke straight through my mouth, without even having to pass through my brain."

Springsteen recorded the song in late March. Bruce and the E Street Band experimented with different instrumental arrangements before coming up with the synthesizer-led arrangement that made the album, with Clarence Clemmons' sax solo (dubbed later in the mixing) fading at the end of the song. Weinberg later tells Graig Rosen that the band "recorded a real Rock 'N' Roll version of it. I remember sitting down at the drums after getting three or four takes of the rock version, and Jon Landau came over to me and whispered in my ear, 'Dance record'."

The song is a dark and angry cry, but due to its catchy beat, the somewhat depressing lyrics were lost on most listeners; BORN IN THE USA had the same thing happen. Bruce noted in his book Songs, "I went as far in the direction of pop music as I wanted to go -- and probably a little farther."

Between May 1982 and Jun 1984, Bruce Springsteen frequently jammed with Cats On A Smooth Surface at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ. In early 1984, Patti Scialfa occasionally sang with Cats On A Smooth Surface, the Stone Pony house band, and it was during one of these gigs that she met Bruce Springsteen. "I met Bruce there," she told Backstreets magazine. "I was doing a lot of Motown stuff and all. I just sort of bumped into him. He asked me to sing on his record." She would add background vocals on an unused version of DANCING IN THE DARK. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band rehearsed for the upcoming tour on 24 and 25 Jun 1984 at 129 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ. On the 24th, Patti Scialfa is invited to the rehearsal and given a tryout as Bruce's support vocalist. On the 25th, Bruce informed her that she is now an official member of the E Street Band, and that she would hit the road with them.

DANCING IN THE DARK was the last song written and recorded for the album, but it was not the last one to be included. The LP was turned into Columbia in late March, and then a new track, NO SURRENDER, was added due to a comment by Steve Van Zandt who had left the E Street Band at that time, but was still a close friend and confident. Van Zandt said, "This is a big mistake... If you're gonna throw something out, throw out DANCING IN THE DARK and NO SURRENDER should be the first single."

Annie Leibovitz spent a day in April photographing the E Street band; she shot Bruce that night in the basement of his house in Rumson, NJ, as he dances alone to the new DANCING IN THE DARK. A shot from this night will be used as the single's picture sleeve. Note that Leibovitz is the one behind the Born In The USA album cover, the Tunnel Of Love album cover, and the sleeve photos on Springsteen's Songs book. The Born In The USA album cover became one of the most famous icons in Rock 'N' Roll or Pop culture. She also photographed Springsteen at Cadillac Ranch in 1979 in Amarillo, TX, and has had her work appear on some of his other singles.

On 07 May 1984, the WNEW radio station in New York played the song until it was stopped by a telegram from the record company asking them to stop playing it. The same thing happened the next day across the country. On 09 May 1984, the DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC single was released, about a month before the album official release.

DANCING IN THE DARK (Album version) / DANCING IN THE DARK (Album version)
Promotional US 7" released in May 1984, catalogue # COL 38-04463. Colour picture sleeve, while similar labels on both sides.


DANCING IN THE DARK (Album version) / DANCING IN THE DARK (Album version)
Promotional US 12" released in Jun 1984, catalogue # COL AS 1862. Black and white picture sleeve, with the "Demonstration - not for sale" print on red labels. Plays at 33 1/3 rpm.


DANCING IN THE DARK (Album version)
One-sided 7" issued in Spain in May 1984, catalogue # CBS A 4436. Regular picture sleeve, white labels on disc.


DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC
Standard configuration 7" issued in most parts of the world in May 1984. No remarkable picture sleeve variations apart from a very collectable Brazilian promotional pressing (CBS 43.578).

  • US issue (COL 38-04463), picture sleeve standard release. Also comes in black Columbia die-cut sleeve.
  • Australia issue (CBS BA 22318), picture sleeve, red/orange label
  • Australia promotional issue (CBS BA 223189), picture sleeve, white label
  • Brazil issue (CBS 43.578), black and white picture sleeve. This one plays at 33 1/3 rpm.
  • Brazil promotional issue (CBS 43.578), 'Not for Sale' stamped on regular Brazil release
  • Canada issue (COL 38-04463), picture sleeve, red/orange labels
  • Canada promotional issue (COL 38-04463), white label promo.
    Always seen in the orange die-cut sleeve, but maybe circulated also in regular cover.
  • Holland issue, orange label (CBS A 4436), colour picture sleeve, large and small center hole exist.
    Holland press was used in all the European countries that did not press the disc by themselves.
  • Ireland issue (CBS A 4436), yellow/orange labels
  • Italy issue (A 4436), picture sleeve
  • Italy promotional issue (A 4436), promotion stamp on regular labels
  • Mexico issue (CBS 8604), plastic orange CBS logo sleeve from CBS Mexico.
    On both sides, "Landau" is misspelled as "Landou" and "Plotkin" is misspelled as "Platkin".
  • New Zealand issue (CBS BA 223189), colour picture sleeve, yellow/orange labels
  • New Zealand promotional issue (CBS BA 223189)
    Regular issues with a white promo sticker on label, often without sleeve
  • Peru issue (CSR 1308)
    CBS die-cut logo sleeve. Also found in orange or black CBS sleeves, both marked from Peru.
  • Philippines issue (SCS 100037), no picture sleeve, comes with either red or orange label
  • Portugal issue (CBS A 4436), colour picture sleeve
  • South Africa issue (CBS SSC 5639), colour picture sleeve
    Distributed by "Gramophone Record" on Columbia license
  • Spain issue (CBS A 4436), thick paper picture sleeve, yellow/orange labels, and Born In The USA tracks-list on rear cover. Some commercial copies were promo hand-stamped and distributed to radio stations.
  • UK issue (CBS A 4436), colour picture sleeve.
    Some of these regular releases were distributed to radio stations with "Demo - not for sale" sticker on label.
  • UK promotional issue (CBS A 4436), white label promo release
  • Zimbabwe (CBS SSC 6049), white label

COVER ME (Undercover Mix) / JERSEY GIRL (live 09 Jul 1981) + DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC
UK limited edition double pack issued in Sep 1984, comes in sealed shrink-wrap bag. Both 7" singles were identical in label and sleeves to earlier releases and catalogue number (CBS DA 4662) was printed on a white overlay sticker.


DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC (Mono)
Japanese 7" pressing that includes a Mono mix of the B-side not available on any other issue of this 45. Released in May 1984.

  • Japan issue (CBS/SONY 07SP 810), colour picture sleeve
  • Japan promotional issue (CBS/SONY 07SP 810), similar to the regular pressing, except for the sticker and the writing (in Japanese) on label

DANCING IN THE DARK (Extended version) / PINK CADILLAC
12" UK-only release in this particular form, regular colour picture sleeve. Plays at 45 rpm. Commercial and promotional issues have identical catalogue numbers. Issued in Jun 1984.
Later included in the Born In The USA 12" Singles Collection boxed set.

  • UK issue (CBS TA 4436)
  • UK promotional issue (CBS TA 4436)
    Promo copies were standard copies with the "Promo" gold stamp on rear.

The Born In The USA 12" Singles Collection is a limited edition boxed set issued in the UK in 1985, catalogue # BRUCE 1. It contains 4 separately available 12"s plus a US import bonus 7''. Also includes a bonus poster inside.

The set's content is:


DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC
7" Cadillac shaped picture disc, released in the UK in Jun 1984, catalogue # CBS WA 4436. Also reissued in early 1985 for the single re-entry in the UK charts, with no distinguishing feature to the original pressings. Uncut copies also exist (scan on the right)


DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC
US Hall OF Fame release - 7" issued in 1986, catalogue # COL 13-08408


DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC
US Collectables release - 7" issued in 1986, catalogue # COL 13-08408



DANCING IN THE DARK / BORN IN THE USA
7" issued in Argentina only, in May 1984. Both stock and promo copies have red labels with Spanish song title translations and were issued in die-cut CBS logo sleeves. Short version of both songs.


DANCING IN THE DARK / MY HOMETOWN
7" issued in Costa Rica only, in May 1984. Disc carries unusual pink labels and comes in a die-cut CBS logo sleeve.


DANCING IN THE DARK / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY
7" issued in Ecuador only, in May 1984. Disc bears orange labels and comes in plastic die-cut CBS sleeve.


DANCING IN THE DARK / HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO (by Bonnie Tyler)
Italy promotional 7" release for juke-box use, issued in May 1984.
Plain sleeve, white labels, catalogue # CBS JC 15119.

Arthur Baker remixed DANCING IN THE DARK at The Power Station, New York City, NY. He told the Los Angeles Times, "When I first heard 'Dancing' I thought it was a great song, but I thought something was missing in the record. I thought it was real one-dimensional -- very straight, especially the bass line. I tried to give the record more dimension. I wanted to make it more like Bruce's old stuff -- what I remember 'Born to Run' was like -- with the fuller sound and the bells." Baker deconstructed the song, the rhythm tracks with synthesized drums and new bass lines, adding female backing vocals, chimes, and reverb in his remixes for DANCING IN THE DARK (Blaster Mix), COVER ME (Undercover Mix), and BORN IN THE USA (Freedom Mix). There were also dub and radio versions of each, along with two dub mixes for COVER ME. The Dancing In The Dark remix 12-inch was released on 29 Jun 1984, the same day of the opening show on the Born In The USA tour. That was Bruce's first-ever dance remix.

DANCING IN THE DARK (Blaster Mix) / DANCING IN THE DARK (Dub) - DANCING IN THE DARK (Radio)
The first of three 12" releases featuring remixed versions of Born In the USA album tracks by Arthur Baker; COVER ME (Undercover Mix) and BORN IN THE USA (Freedom Mix) to follow. This was issued in Jun 1984 in most parts of the world (except the UK).

  • USA issue (COL 44-05028), colour picture sleeve.
  • USA promotional issue (COL 44-05028), same as regular issues, but with "Demonstration - Not for sale" markings on.
  • Australia issue (CBS BA 12093), colour picture sleeve
  • Australia issue (CBS BA 12093), colour picture sleeve, with white label
  • Canada issue (COL 12CXP 05028), colour picture sleeve
  • Holland issue (CBS A 12 4436), colour picture sleeve
    Holland press was used in all the European countries that did not press the disc by themselves.
  • Japan issue (CBS/SONY 12AP 2889), colour picture sleeve and olive vertical obi
  • Mexico issue (CBS BS-35051), comes in either red or green vinyl, both featuring the same catalogue number.
    Colour picture sleeve very similar to the standard UK/European versions, but has Spanish song title translations on rear and generally bolder printing colours. Orange/yellow labels with titles in Spanish.
    Some of the red vinyl copies come with the A-side label erroneously stuck onto both sides, while some copies have been issued in grey CBS logo sleeve. The green vinyl pressing is very rare.
  • New Zealand issue (CBS BA 12093), colour picture sleeve
  • Philippines issue (CBS CE-EP 18006), comes in a blue die-cut sleeve with a small sticker reproducing the standard cover. Orange/yellow labels.
  • Portugal issue (CBS A 12 4436), colour picture sleeve, but totally different cover artwork (the "jumpin' shot" against a "stars & stripes" background) with unique layout and typeface.
  • South Africa issue (CBS XSSC 5684), colour picture sleeve
  • Spain issue (CBS A 12 4436)

DANCING IN THE DARK (Blaster Mix) / HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO (by Bonnie Tyler)
Japan only promotional 12" issued in Jun 1984. Black-and-white picture sleeve (with a misprint of "Blaser Mix") reads "Bruce Springsteen Discosampler" on the spine.


DANCING IN THE DARK (Blaster Mix) / Laura Branningan song
Promotional Japan only 12", Jun 1984. Colour picture sleeve, catalogue # CBS/SONY XDAP


The Remix Album
A pirate CD sampler release containing the 12" remixes of DANCING IN THE DARK, COVER ME, BORN IN THE USA, and 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON); plus the STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA video version with live vocals.
The DANCING IN THE DARK tracks are:

  • Dancing In The Dark - Blaster Mix (6:04)
  • Dancing In The Dark - Radio Mix (4:50)
  • Dancing In The Dark - Dub (5:30)

The song was played live for the first time on 26 May 1984 at the Xanadu club in Asbury Park, NJ, when Bruce played with the band Bystander. On the same day, the song entered the Top 40 in charts, and stayed there about four months. It peaks at #2 on the Billboard Top 100 and #4 in the UK. It was initially Duran Duran's THE REFLEX and then for many weeks Prince's WHEN DOVES CRY that kept the song from topping the US charts. In the liner notes for Greatest Hits, Springsteen refers to it as "My big smash! No. 2 of the charts (damn the artist formerly known as Prince)."

The song was also performed on 08 Jun 1984 at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, during a warm-up gig for the Born In The USA tour. That gig was the first for Nils Lofgren with the E Street Band. Again performed during another warm-up gig for the tour, on 21 Jun 1984 at The Village, Lancaster, PA.

On 28 Jun 1984, the eve of the Born In The USA tour, the song was performed in front of an audience of 200 people at Saint Paul Civic Center Arena in Saint Paul, MN, for the shooting of the DANCING IN THE DARK video. The actress Courteney Cox-Arquette, not famous back then, was chosen (among 300 women) by director Brian De Palma to be the girl Bruce pulls from the audience to dance with on stage, a ritual Bruce would continue through the tour. It was reported that Cox-Arquette was paid $350 for the clip. She landed a role on the sitcom Family Ties soon after. In 1994, she hosted Saturday Night Live (and danced with Adam Sandler on his hilarious cover of DANCING IN THE DARK) and said, "Ten years ago, someone gave me my first break by putting me on a music video." "It was scary," she told NBC's Dateline in 2004. She added, "I just imitated what (Springsteen) did. Whatever he did, I followed." Read a short biography of Courteney Cox Arquette below.

The following night, the opening night of the tour (29 Jun 1984), and at the same venue, the song was performed two consecutive times during the show, again for the video shooting. The video was later included on The Complete Video Anthology / 1978-2000 DVD. The video was Springsteen's first to get heavy airplay on MTV, introducing him to a new, mostly younger audience. In the liner notes for Greatest Hits, Springsteen recalls "A bunch of autographs seeking Catholic school girls came rushing up to me on the streets of N.Y.C. screaming they'd seen the video. Teen idol status at 35!? I enjoyed it."

DANCING IN THE DARK was performed each night during the tour and, and every time Bruce picks a girl from the audience and dances with her onstage during the song. Check out the live 26 Jul 1984 version and the live 21 Jun 1985 version. On 22 Oct 1984 at the Coliseum, Oakland, CA, Bruce picked his sister to dance with. On 01 Jun 1985 at Slane Castle, Dublin, Ireland, Bruce had to dance with Patti Scialfa as it was too dangerous to excite the drunk crowd at the front rows. One fan recalls, "...a constant stream of humanity restlessly pushing back and forth with great disregard of the rest of the audience. Sparkling white t-shirts got covered with foot prints, dozens of young girls were passed back through the throng, and shoes, voices, friends, and tempers were lost."

DANCING IN THE DARK gave Springsteen's first Grammy Award, when it was elected Best Rock Male Vocal Performance on 26 Feb 1985. Bruce didn't attend the ceremony because he participated in the recording of WE ARE THE WORLD for the benefit album USA For Africa: We Are The World. On 28 Jan 1985, DANCING IN THE DARK won Best Pop/Rock Single during the American Music Awards, and it was voted Single Of The Year in the 1985 Rolling Stone reader's poll.

Played acoustic on 13 Oct 1986 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, during The Bridge School benefit show. Performed during each of the Tunnel Of Love tour shows, except on 06 May 1988 at the Tacoma Dome, Seattle, CA, and 3 more consecutive times at 19, 22, and 23 May 1988 at Madison Square Gardens, New York City, NY. Check out the live 10 May 1988 version. On 03 May 1988 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, Bruce dances with his mother on DANCING IN THE DARK.

Played on 13 Jun 1988 at the Piaza Di Spagna, Rome, Italy, when Bruce played with street musicians, on a borrowed guitar, in front of 15 people. He also played it on 23 Jul 1988 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with street musician John Magnusson on acoustic guitar. Part of the latter performance was shown on Danish TV.

The song was played 9 times during the Human Rights Now! tour. Check out the live 15 Oct 1988 version. At the 15 Sep 1988 show Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada, Bruce picks a male dance partner from the crowd.

The song was played again on 05 Jun 1992 at the Hollywood Sound Stage, Los Angeles, CA, during a rehearsal concert for the Human Touch tour, and later later played 15 times during the tour, 14 of them between Jun and Aug 1992 and the last one on 08 Apr 1993 at Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland. Check out the live 10 Jul 1992 version.

In 1995, the song was included on the Greatest Hits collection.

Played only twice during The Reunion tour:

  • 30 Apr 2000 at Firstar Center, Cincinnati, OH, played in the new county arrangement with Nils Lofgren on pedal steel and Garry Tallent on stand-up bass. Bruce played the first verse before the band joined him for the acoustic version.
  • 12 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Gardens, New York City, NY

Note that the song was reported to be sound-checked during that tour on:

  • 25 Apr 2000 at the Civic Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 30 Apr 2000 at Firstar Center, Cincinnati, OH, acoustically
  • 21 May 2000 at Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, CA

Heavily played during The Rising tour, scoring 113 times. DANCING IN THE DARK made its tour debut on 21 Aug 2002 at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA, in a full band arrangement, the first since the end of the Human Rights Now! tour on 15 Oct 1988 at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Instead of going heavy on keyboards, though, Bruce went with a guitar-driven arrangement and the song just cooked, becoming a highlight of the entire tour. Check out the live 14 Jun 2003 version.

The first half of the 16 Oct 2002 show at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain, from THE RISING till DANCING IN THE DARK, was broadcasted on MTV Europe and VH1-UK to most of Europe. Video for three of the broadcasted songs was included on The Rising: Tour Edition bonus DVD in 2003 (Released in Australia and Europe with identical catalogue number, COL 508000 3). The complete show was later released on Live In Barcelona DVD in 2003. Check out the live 16 Oct 2002 version.

On the last two shows of The Rising tour, 03 and 04 Oct 2003 at the Shea Stadium, New York City, NY, Jon Landau and Willie Nile shared the stage and played guitar with Bruce during DANCING IN THE DARK. Check out the live 04 Oct 2003 version.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played a surprisingly long off-tour set on 29 Aug 2002 at The Rose Center For Earth And Space at The Planetarium of The American Museum Of Natural History, New York City, NY, during a live broadcast for that year's MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) ceremony. Introduced by James Gandolfini, Bruce and the Band opened that year's MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) ceremony with a live performance of THE RISING. Bruce's VMA opening was broadcast from the Rose Center For Earth and Space, then the MTV cameras took the proceedings to Radio City Music Hall, but fans who endured the rain at The Planetarium were treated with 9 additional song (including DANCING IN THE DARK). Check out the live 29 Aug 2002 version.

The song was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen collection in 2003.

On its way from Germany back to the U.S. in the midst the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour, Springsteen's private plane stopped for refueling at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland late on the night of 28 Jun 2005. Having never set foot in the country, Bruce just grabbed his guitar and walked into the small terminal and played a six-song set (including DANCING IN THE DARK) for the lucky late-shift workers at the airport. According to the Iceland Review, "The employees commented that Springsteen showed no pretense and was very down-to-earth, chatting away with them. His friend asked the airport employees if they would like to listen to a few tunes."

DANCING IN THE DARK was sound-checked during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour on 16 Jul 2005 at Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY, but was never played on the tour's regular shows.

DANCING IN THE DARK was played on 29 Apr 2007 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band, during the second annual private fundraiser for the Ranny School of Tinton Falls, NJ. The song was also played during the Magic Tour.

The above lyrics refer to the album's version. Check also the live versions: 26 Jul 1984, 21 Jun 1985, 10 May 1988, 15 Oct 1988, 10 Jul 1992, 29 Aug 2002, 16 Oct 2002, 14 Jun 2003, and 04 Oct 2003.

* On the album booklet "Message keeps getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving 'round the place", but Bruce sings "Message just keep getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving 'round my place."

Here's a list of the remaining releases on which Bruce Springsteen's DANCING IN THE DARK appeared:

COVER ME (Extended Dance Mix) - JERSEY GIRL (live 09 Jul 1981) / DANCING IN THE DARK (Dub)
UK 12" issued in Sep 1984, plays at 45 rpm, catalogue # CBS TA 4662. It has "Dancing In The Dark" misspelled as "Dancin' In The Dark". Cover is pretty similar to the 7" release of COVER ME. Some of regular copies had a "Not for sale" gold stamp on rear cover for promotional use.

COVER ME (Undercover Mix) - COVER ME (Dub I) - SHUT OUT THE LIGHT / DANCING IN THE DARK (Dub) - JERSEY GIRL (live 09 Jul 1981)
UK 12" issued in Mar 1985, catalogue # QTA 4662. This one has totally different cover to the original 12", with 2 additional tracks. Later included in the 1985 UK box set mentioned above.


BORN IN THE USA - COVER ME / DANCING IN THE DARK - NO SURRENDER
Extremely rare Bolivia-only 7" issued in Jul 1984, catalogue # CBS 10445. Picture sleeve with Born In The USA album cover artwork. Marks the only 7" release of NO SURRENDER.


BORN IN THE USA (Freedom Mix) - I'M ON FIRE / DANCING IN THE DARK (Blaster Mix) - GLORY DAYS
Limited Brazil-only "Special Edition" 12" EP issued in 1985, sponsored by the Levi's jeans company and domestic "Mesbla" magazine. Also known as the "Levi's Promo", since this record was exclusively given away as a freebie to Brazilian customers purchasing a pair of Levi's jeans.


Four Super Rocks: FOOTLOOSE (by Kenny Loggins) - CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE (by Quiet Riot) / DANCING IN THE DARK - SO TIRED (by Ozzy Osbourne)
Rare Brazil-only promotional compilation 7" that runs at 33 1/3 rpm, issued in 1985, catalogue # CBS SLP-1807.


Ligue-Se No Rocky
Very rare various artists promotional LP released in 1985 by Brazil CBS Especial pressing for the domestic branch of the Nestle company to promote their Rocky chocolate wafer bar. Catalogue # CBS 620.098, red "CBS Especial" labels on disc. Side one contains tracks by Brazilian artists, side two contains tracks by international hits, including Bruce's DANCING IN THE DARK.


CBS - Aylesbury
Very limited promotional various artists promotional LP released in 1985 by UK CBS as a complimentary album given out to CBS employees. Issued in a gatefold sleeve, a great compilation album in its own right. Catalogue # AYLES 1985.


The Future Of Rock N Roll / 70's To 80's
A mega rare Japan-only promotional 2-CD set issued in 1988, catalogue # CBS/SONY XADP 90009-10. The set contains 28 tracks from Bruce's first nine albums plus two 1988 live B-sides.


Bruce Springsteen Sampler
Canada-only promotional CD issued in 1992, catalogue # COL CDNK 677. The CD includes material from all albums up to Tunnel Of Love, and is ssued in a white die-cut cardboard sleeve featuring no type whatsoever.


Tougher Than The Rest
Very rare Sweden-only promotional CD issued in 1992, catalogue # COL BOSS1. This was used for both radio promotion and as a VIP giveaway item at the much-hyped opening shows of Bruce's 1992 tour in Stockholm. Contains 14 tracks from the first nine albums only.


Tougher Than The Rest
Limited UK-only promotional CD issued in 1992, catalogue # COL BOSS1. This was released to tie in with the 1992 Wembley Stadium shows, and includes 16 tracks from all albums up to Lucky Town.


Bruce Springsteen 1992 Sampler
Japan-only promotional CD issued in 1992, catalogue # SONY XDDP 93084.


BORN IN THE USA - GLORY DAYS - DANCING IN THE DARK
Spain-only promotional CD single issued to tie in with a special "20th anniversary" campaign for the "Born In The U.S.A." album launched by Sony Music Espa´┐Ża in late September 2004. Released in 2004, catalogue # COL 200904. Spanish liner notes plus dates for the Vote For Change tour on back cover.


Bruce Springsteen (1984 - 1993)
A Sony Japan-only promotional "Digest" CDR advance sampler issued in 2005 to tie in with the release of the second batch of the 2005 "mini-LP"-style Springsteen CD album reissues (Born In The USA through MTV UnPlugged). Plain slimline jewel case with no artwork, no catalogue number.


The Ultimate Collection
A pirate CD sampler that most likely originates in Eastern Europe.

DANCING IN THE DARK has been widely covered by several artists through the years, including:

  • American Boys
  • Animal
  • Bad Memory
  • Big Daddy
  • Blue Thunder
  • Alex Bollard Assembly
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • CFD
  • Louis Clark & The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Richard Coleman
  • Jim Eldon
  • Faro
  • Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
  • Kevin Logue
  • London Sound & Art Orchestra
  • The London Symphony Orchestra
  • London Symphony & Royal Philharmonic Orchestras
  • Love Hunters
  • Barbara Manning And The Go-Luckys!
  • Mirah
  • R. Mutt
  • New Jersey All Stars
  • Operation Makeout
  • The Party People
  • Carl Payton
  • Power Jam All Stars
  • Reilly & Maloney
  • Rockman
  • Route 66
  • The Shadows
  • Hank Marvin & The Shadows
  • Erika Simonian
  • The Songrise Orchestra
  • Sonovac
  • Studio 99
  • Steve Tempo
  • Shane Torrel
  • Waxflower
  • Nick White
  • Marty Wilde
  • Pete Yorn

Mary Chapin Carpenter did a folk, very low-key version of DANCING IN THE DARK. She described it in a live performance in Madison, WI as "a bummer song by someone else." Big Daddy's cover was a hit in 1985, reaching #13 on the Billboard Top 100. Bob Dylan has never covered a Bruce Springsteen composition, except once, when he performed DANCING IN THE DARK in a concert of his in 1990.

Pete Yorn has been known for throwing in Springsteen covers at his live shows. Below are scans for some of his releases that included his cover of DANCING IN THE DARK:


Here's a list of the Bruce Springsteen tribute albums that include covers of DANCING IN THE DARK:


DJ All Stars -- DJ All Stars Pay Tribute To Bruce Springsteen And Madonna

LP - DJ Music (DJR2306) - South Africa - 1985

The Boss -- Dancing In The USA (Medley)

12" single - WEA (X8838T) - UK - 1985

DANCING IN THE DARK is part of a medley

The All Stars -- The Bruce Springsteen Mix

12" single - Rams Horn (RHR 3450) - Holland, 1985

DANCING IN THE DARK is part of a medley consisting of 8 Springsteen songs and clocking at 8:05

Various artists -- Songs From The Boss

LP - Dover (ADD 3) - UK, 1988
CD - Dover (CCD 3) - UK, 1988

DANCING IN THE DARK is performed by Big Daddy

The Songrise Orchestra -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen - 17 Instrumental Hits

CD - Hits 'N' Hits (3831CD) - UK - 1995

Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen

CD - CMH (CD-8510) - USA - 1999

American Boys -- Bruce Springsteen - Coverversion

CD - Azzurra (TBP 1113) - Italy - 2000

Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute

CD - Going For A Song (GFS402) - UK - 2001

Richard Coleman -- I Can't Believe It's Not... Bruce Springsteen

CD - Pegasus (ICBINCD 047) - Germany - 2001

Carl Payton -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Kives (kv5106) - Brazil - 2001?

Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Millennium Gold (MG2110) - Holland - 2002

Various artists -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Big Eye (BIG 4268-2) - USA - 2003

DANCING IN THE DARK is performed by Shane Torrel

Various artists -- Dancing In The Dark

7" EP - Monoculture (Monoculture 010) - USA - 2003

Contains 4 versions of DANCING IN THE DARK:
DANCING IN THE DARK [#1] is perfromed by Operation Makeout
DANCING IN THE DARK [#2] is perfromed by R. Mutt
DANCING IN THE DARK [#3] is perfromed by Animal
DANCING IN THE DARK [#4] is perfromed by Mirah

American Boys -- Bruce Springsteen - The Best - Cover 100%

CD - Azzurra (TBP 1152) - Italy - 2003

Various artists -- A Rock Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - ZYX (55362-2) - Germany - 2004

DANCING IN THE DARK is performed by Shane Torrel

New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Cedar (1402) - Europe - 2004

Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - ZYX (?) - Germany - 2005

DANCING IN THE DARK is performed by Shane Torrel

Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Silver Star (SIS 55009-2) - UK - 2005

DANCING IN THE DARK is performed by Shane Torrel

Princess Dragon Mom -- Who's The Boss?

CD - Inframan Records - USA - 2005

The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Price Size / Promo Sound LTD (PS 1723) - Germany - 2006

Various artists -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Golden Sound / ZYX (GOL 10094-2) - Germany - 2006

DANCING IN THE DARK is performed by Shane Torrel

Session musicians featuring David West -- The Best Of Pickin' On Bruce Springsteen

CD - CMH (CD-9401) - USA - 2006

Matt Tyler -- Brilliant Disguise

CD - Dannyboy Records (DBM003) - UK - 2006

Various artists -- If I Were The Boss: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Castle (CMQCD1422) - UK - 2006

DANCING IN THE DARK is performed by Louis Clark & The London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Blankket -- Be Your Own Boss

CD EP - Blocks Recording Club (040) - Canada - 2007

Scans and info for some of the DANCING IN THE DARK releases and singles are taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

Most of the scans and info for the DANCING IN THE DARK covers and tribute albums are taken from the Nebraska website.


Liner notes by Bruce Springsteen in the Greatest Hits booklet:

My big smash! No. 2 of the charts (damn the artist formerly known as prince). A bunch of autographs seeking Catholic school girls came rushing up to me on the streets of N.Y.C. screaming they'd seen the video. Teen idol status at 35!? I enjoyed it.

Short biography of Courteney Cox Arquette:

A whisper-thin, raven-haired beauty of TV and film, Courteney Cox first registered with audiences when she was plucked from the crowd by Bruce Springsteen in the Brian De Palma-directed video for The Boss' hit 1984 single "Dancing in the Dark". Work for the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency and appearances in Noxzema and Maybelline commercials (among others) and a bit part on the CBS soap "As the World Turns" preceded the video, after which she snagged a regular role in the short-lived primetime series "Misfits of Science" (NBC, 1985-86). Cox then joined the cast of the hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties" for the final two seasons (1987-89) as the brainy girlfriend of Alex P Keaton (Michael J Fox). She made the leap to the big screen, appearing in the little-seen caper film "Down Twisted" and the children's sci-fi epic "Masters of the Universe" (both 1987), and "Cocoon: The Return" (1988), none of which registered much with critics or audiences.

For the rest of the 80s and into the early 90s, Cox alternated between TV and feature films, often trading on her girl-next-door qualities. While she landed the female lead opposite Jim Carrey in the smash hit "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994), she was overshadowed by the flashy antics of her co-star. Cox finally achieved small screen stardom as the neurotic aspiring chef Monica Geller, serving as the anchor of the ensemble, in the hit sitcom "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004)--initially viewed as the star of the show, she easily settled into the emerging ensemble and, after a few seasons of playing Monica relatively straight, she showed her comedic chops as the character's quirks--such as her hyper-cleanliness--emerged. She displayed her dramatic prowess as a blind rape victim in the made-for-cable movie "Sketch Artist II: Hands that See" (Showtime, 1995) before becoming the first of the "Friends" to score a big screen hit with Wes Craven's "Scream" (1996). Cast against type as savvy, ambitious TV newscaster Gale Weathers, Cox delivered a strong performance and she reprised the part in the inevitable sequels "Scream 2" (1997) and "Scream 3" (2000). Unfortunately, "Commandments" (both 1997), in which she portrayed the unhappy wife of Anthony LaPaglia, embarking on an affair with her brother-in-law (Aidan Quinn), failed to mine the versatility she displayed in the Craven movies. After a string of roles in unimpressive films--"3000 Miles to Graceland," "The Shrink Is In" and "Get Well Soon" (all 2001), Cox focused primarily on her series and her marriage to her "Scream" co-star David Arquette, whom she married in 1999 (the actress also added the Arquette name to her professional credits). As the final season of "Friends" wound down in 2004, Cox Arquette, had her share of options, motherhood was looming, she'd signed to appear in a slate of feature films, and she had her husband had already served as executive producers and design consultants on the home improvement reality series "Mix It Up" (2003-2004) on the cable network WE: Women's Entertainment, a series that focused on helping couples blend their disparate design sensibilities when they move in together.

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