Hilarious excerpt from a wonderful post at this link: http://jameskillough.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/i-monster/
I check my look in the mirror
I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face.
— Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark
The caption for this photo on the site I poached it from said, “Springsteen made it acceptable for men to wear bandanas around their heads.” Bwahahahahahahahahahaha.”
Ever since that song was first released, I have been puzzled. I can understand Bruce changing his clothes and his hair; the Jersey Boy look can be sexy if you have an eye for what old school queens call “rough trade,” but it’s never stylish, and in the 80s the clothes and the hair from the Swamps Beyond The Bridge and Tunnels were almost as bad as they are now, as showcased on The Show That Cannot Be Mentioned on MTV. But why would a man as handsome as Bruce Springsteen want to change his face? After all, a man’s face is something that should not be changed by anything other than time. For the fair sex, it’s as my former lover Daniel the Giant Spanker of Celebrities used to say: “Every vooman has a second face. It’s called make-up.”
All I can think is that some irate ex-girlfriend of Spingsteen’s must have screamed the truth about his one facial imperfection during a heated smack-down Jersey-style breakup moment: “So you think you’re fuckin’ sexy, huh? So does half the fuckin’ world! But let me tell you something. Do you have any fuckin’ idea how fuckin’ difficult it is to kiss a guy with an underbite? Huh? You practically have to hang upside down like a bat to do it properly. And I’m sick of it! I’m outta here!” Which led Bruce to sit down and pen that song. From then on, if he was going to dance, it would be in the dark so that no one could look at his underbite, which is a pity because it’s the key to his sexiness.
Personally I do not like his eighties look at all – it really was not the real Springsteen. I like the way he now presents himself as just what he is – a nice guy in jeans and a check or t-shirt. A nice (multi-talented) guy with a nice underbite, that is.