Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Jump One, Jump Twosday #13: Guitar Hero

Has another entire week passed? Wow, that went really, really, really…slowly. But Tuesday has finally come again, and that can only mean one thing.

I toyed with going Britney Spears versus Kevin Federline. But I decided we would all rather jump the shark than jump either of them. Pity the kids, regardless with whom they are
ultimately saddled.

Same rules as always. Two choices. Pick one. You must pick one. Otherwise, I will follow you via your IP address, find your email address and start sending you nasty – but rather amusing in a sick mo-fo way – missives.

I digressed. Forgive me. No, don’t forgive me.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s latest comes out today. They start touring in the coming weeks.

Jump One is “Miami Steve” Van Zandt, a hell of a guitarist, back-up singer and mobster to-boot. Okay, yeah, before anyone sues me for libel, let me quickly point out that his mob status is only in the world of HBO’s The Sopranos. The dude isn’t a made man. [As far as I know.] He and Springsteen split ways in ’84, which led to Jump Two Lofgren stepping in. Like with Lofgren, since 1999, Miami Steve (AKA Little Steven) has been back with E Street whenever Springsteen puts the band together again. More info at Miami Steve’s own
site or wikipedia.

Jump Two is Nils Lofgren, former Neil Young band mate, solo artist in his own right, and the E Street Band replacement for our Jump One Van Zandt in 1984. He played guitar and did vocals for Springsteen’s hugely commercial success Born in the U.S.A. tour, and he stuck around – or Springsteen stuck with him – for Tunnel of Love in ’88. When Springsteen called the band back together 10 years later, it included both Van Zandt and Lofgren. Check out Lofgren’s own
site or wikipedia.

So, who are you going for? Jump One?
Miami Steve Van Zandt
Or do you pine for Jump Two?
Nils Lofgren
I’m going with Van Zandt, and not for any of his accomplishments as an actor (since I’ve never seen The Sopranos) and definitely not for his looks, but for the ability he and Bruce have to transport me back, back, back in time when they two of them are goofin’ on stage. I love his stage presence. I love his over exaggeration.

How about you?

[Van Zandt photo courtesy smh.com.au; Lofgren photo courtesy steelguitar.com.]


Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis) said...

I'll take Lofgren, for his loyalty. And he's cuter.

Unless I can still have Bon Jovi from a couple of weeks ago....

Gina said...

Yup, I'll go for Lofgren, much easier on the eyes. Van Zandt has always bugged me for no apparent reason.

Sian said...

Patois I know this is going to bug the hell out of you but I have never heard of either of them,sorry.

But I'll go for the top one cos a guy who is cool enough to go out in public with a hat like that has got to be worth a jump.

Linda said...

Uhm ... neither actually. If I'm going to jump a guitarist I'll take Ray of My Chemical Romance. There's something really sexy about "the fro"!

N. said...

Van Zandt, if I must. But just because I've not heard of the other guy and I am at heart a star fucker. But if Patti Scialfa had been an option, I'd have had to reconsider my answer. And my entire lifestyle.

My answer is contigent upon Van Zandt NOT wearing the headscarf whilst in the moment.

Okay. I'm going to stop now as this is just becoming embarrassingly revealing.

Clare said...

Steve Van Zandt! Thanks Patois -- I look forward to what I call Fantasy Tuesday!! It's a lot of fun.

Magpie said...

Totally Jump 1.

But, can I offer Jimmie Dale Gilmore?

Anonymous said...

Lofgren. He looks more sprite.


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