Born in the U.S.A
It was in 1981 that writer-director Paul Schrader asked Bruce Springsteen to write the title track for a movie about a blue-collar bar band. This had the working title Born In The USA, and Springsteen came up with the song of the same name while working on a track called ‘Vietnam’. Schrader would eventually rename his film Light Of Day after Springsteen, who turned down the lead role that subsequently went to Michael J Fox, provided him with a replacement song in the form of ‘(Just Around The Corner To The) Light Of Day’, recorded by Joan Jett
Born in the U.S.A. is often misunderstand as a patriotic anthem to the United States. In 1984 Ronald Reagan used it as his campaign song. Springsteen promptly asked the campaign to stop.
Bruce Springsteen never let his music be used in ads to sell products. He once turned down $12 million dollars from Chrysler and they used the song “The Pride is Back” by Kenny Rogers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNui40gTsq4
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