Friday, June 17, 2005

Dream ... with the fishes

If you've attended all but the first handful of shows on the tour behind Devils & Dust, you've heard Springsteen end the encore with a version of Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream." It sounds like an extended lullaby and serves as a benediction to the show. It's a long way away from the original version, which you ought to hear. It's available on a CD that collects, strangely, the duo's second album and demo tapes for its first. Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" gets across on that same Lou Reed voice it seemed every New York band was appropriating in the late 70s and early 80s. It does not sound like a lullaby. Instead, it sounds like Alan Vega is singing over the body of someone he has just murdered.