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25th Aug 2014

JOE’s favourite references to Bruce Springsteen’s amazing album Born to Run on its birthday

'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run...

Paul Moore

‘Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run…

Bruce Springsteen’s seminal and timeless album Born to Run is 39 years old today. This made JOE instantly gasp in shock, so we decided to mark the occasion. The 1975 album was Springsteen’s third and it marked The Boss’ first real mainstream commercial hit, if you haven’t got a copy then we strongly urge you to go and pick one up.

Thunder Road, Jungleland and She’s the One are just some of the amazing tracks on the album but we have decided to take a look at some of the moments where the eponymous song featured in pop culture.

Sesame Street

As performed by the rather brilliantly named Bruce Stringbean and the S Street Band. New rule: all children should be educated via Bruce Springsteen tunes.

Clip via – snitchberry

The Office

The only redeemable thing about David Brent in this scene is that he uses the Boss’ lyrics to gloat over Tim. Every time JOE sees this clip we instantly have to resist the urge to smack Finchy.

Clip via – retroking1981

The Simpsons

You may remember an episode when Lisa had a rival named Allison Taylor who was smarter then her and better at playing the Saxophone.

In a daydream sequence Lisa is the front singer for ‘the second best band in the world’ featuring Art Garfunkel , John Oates and Jim Messina. The name of their song? Born to Runner Up.

Lisa Runner Up

The Sopranos

The greatest excuse of all time for being stuck in any traffic jam. We all know that Soprano’s star Steve Van Zandt is actually in the E Street Band right?

Clip via – slvtnplt

Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey at the Emmy’s

The comedian does a pretty decent impression of the great man and this intro with Tina Fey is right on the money. Extra awesome points for featuring Joel McHale of Community also.

Clip via – Glee

Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen

See we told you… Bruce seems to be up for a laugh though.

Clip via – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The original masterpiece performed live

Happy birthday to one of the greatest rock ‘n roll albums and tracks of all time. Enjoy.

Clip via – Gnegg Entertainment

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