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- Posted on Nov 10th 2010 11:00AM by Benjy Eisen
"'Darkness' was my 'samurai' record. Stripped to the frame and ready to rumble," Springsteen said in the packaging. "But the music that got left behind was substantial."
On a similar note, it could also be said that the music that surrounded it was equally substantial. 'Darkness' was the light at the end of a three-year legal battle during which Springsteen wasn't able to release any new music himself. Thus, he had the framework for a great new song called 'Because the Night,' but rather than sit on it, he gave it to Patti Smith. She added lyrics, finished the song and, in 1978, made it her first -- and only -- Top 20 hit. Fifteen years later, the song also gave 10,000 Maniacs their biggest success.
This past August, Springsteen told Mojo Magazine that he didn't really write "direct" love songs during that period; he preferred to take alternate routes to telling love stories, such as the narrative for 'Thunder Road.' Yet, he knew that 'Because the Night' demanded a certain directness and Smith, who was in the midst of a love affair at the time, was able to deliver that. In the interview, Springsteen calls it "the great missing song from 'Darkness on the Edge.'"
As you can see in this new video clip, Springsteen makes the song's directness jump straight from stage to audience as he pours his heart into the performance. Taken straight from the in-house video of a concert in Houston, Texas on Dec. 8, 1978, this version of 'Because the Night' finally makes its way into 'Darkness at the Edge of Town' where it belongs. Check it out below.