June 4, 1984, Born in the USA album release

CHICAGO, IL  - JUNE 27: Brian DePalma and Bruce Springsteen  at the filming of the video for Dancing in the Dark on 6/27/84 at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Mn.  (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 27: Brian DePalma and Bruce Springsteen at the filming of the video for Dancing in the Dark on 6/27/84 at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Someone once said to Paul McCartney that the Beatles were “anti-materialistic.” McCartney had to laugh.

“That’s a huge myth,” he replied. “John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’ ”

With the “Born in the U.S.A.” album, Springsteen combined political virtue and popular appeal, protest and party time. When he was writing the songs for the album that became “Born in the U.S.A.,” Landau told him that they had a great record, but they still didn’t have a swimming pool. They needed a hit.

“Look, I’ve written seventy songs,” Springsteen replied. “You want another one, you F**ing write it!” Then he sulkily retreated to his hotel suite and wrote “Dancing in the Dark.”

, The New Yorker

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/07/30/we-are-alive