- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2006

I love Nils Lofgren. So I’ve been very pleased this morning to keep running into him (virtually, that is.) A couple of DJs on the classic-rock station WARW-FM (94.7) played Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” back to back. The former features Lofgren on piano, the latter on lead guitar.

Then, later, I see that he guested with Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions band last night in Birmingham, England.

Here’s what I noticed, reflecting on this coincidence: Before they played “Tunnel of Love,” the DJ pair talked a bit about how Springsteen and Lofgren arrived at the screaming, feedback-loopy tone of the solo in that song. Parked in my driveway and only half-remembering what it sounded like back in ‘87, I sat in my car and listened. You know what? It sounds remarkably like the lead guitar in Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.”

Wanna know something else? I think “Baker Street” is a cool song.

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