By: Renee Grant
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt is set to bring us a new album this year. A song he co-wrote in 1977 with Bruce Springsteen titled Love On The Wrong Side of Town will appear on that LP.
The song was originally written for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and appeared on their album This Time It’s For Real. The new version will be on Van Zandt’s solo LP Soulfire, his first under the Little Steven moniker in almost 2 decades.
“Our love is tumbling down/ I can’t be hanging around/ Love on the wrong side of town,” Steven sings soulfully on the updated track.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Van Zandt recalled writing the song with Springsteen. “Bruce had that riff, and that’s basically how I collaborate,” he says. “Somebody will have a riff or a line or a melody or a chorus or a title, and then I just finish the song. Looking back, I wish me and Bruce had done more together, honestly. It was just a song here, a song there, whatever we needed at the time. Of course, Bruce was busy doing his own thing, and at the time you don’t think, ‘Wow, we really should work together more often.'”
Soulfire also includes other tracks written for Southside Johnny, as well as covers of Etta James, James Brown, and a few original new tracks. Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think!