A dozen Bruce Springsteen classics and rarities will be featured on the Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack set for release on August 9th. The coming of age movie chronicles the life of a Muslim teen in 1987, who comes into his own with the help of Springsteen's music. Blinded By The Light opens nationwide on August 14th.
According to the press release, “Blinded By The Light brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites — 'Born To Run,' 'Dancing In The Dark,' 'Hungry Heart,' and 'Because The Night' — to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of 'I'll Stand By You.' Also, for the first time on album, are two live rarities: the debut live performance of 'The River' — from the archival download No Nukes '79 – Madison Square Garden, NYC – September 21, 1979; and the acoustic solo performance of 'The Promised Land' from Concert for Valor – The National Mall, Washington DC, November 11, 2014.”
As most fans will remember, “I'll Stand By You” was recorded in the late-1990's and submitted to the producers of the Harry Potter films, but due to a clause in author J.K. Rowling's contract stipulating that no commercial songs could be used in the film series, it was rejected. The tune was eventually given to Mark Anthony to record, but his version has yet to see the light of day. In 2017 Springsteen's original version of the song was leaked online.
In addition to the Springsteen-heavy tracklist, the soundtrack also features Pet Shop Boys' “It's A Sin” and a-ha's “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.” — along with new music written for by Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman.
John Fogerty says that his favorite Springsteen song is “The Promised Land” from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album. He says that the song took on a new meaning for him when he performed the song live with the E Street Band during 2004's Vote For Change tour: “I fell in love with that song. I'll probably be doing that song myself in my own shows, y'know, here and there. That's a cool song. You know, it states a lot about what every man, let's say, feels about America.”