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​​​​​​​Makin Waves Song of the Week: "I'm on Fire" by The Weeklings


By Bob Makin

originally published: 06/16/2023

​​​​​​​Makin Waves Song of the Week: "I

Asbury faves The Weeklings have dropped a power-popping rockabilly-flavored cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire,” the Makin Waves Song of the Week. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEM RECORDS

The Beatles-centric Asbury Park all-star band The Weeklings switch gears with their latest single to pay homage to New Jersey icon Bruce Springsteen.

Their ambitious new cover of the “Born in the USA”-era hit is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.

As the Makin Waves Song of the Week, “I’m on Fire” also can be heard between 6 and 8 p.m. on June 16 on “Radio Jersey” at ThePenguinRocks.com. If you miss it, you can tune in any time in the archives at The Penguin or MixCloud.

The Weeklings — vocalist-bassist Glen Burtnik,  aka “Lefty”; vocalist-guitarist Bob Burger, aka “Zeek”; lead guitar-vocalist John Merjave, aka “Rocky”; and drummer-vocalist Joe Bellia, aka “Smokestack” — cut an explosive, rockabilly-style version of the classic Bruce Juice. Their version features a ripping “nod-to-James Burton" guitar solo and vocal pops inspired by Elvis backing vocalists The Jordanaires.



 
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In 1985, Springsteen's stark song of forbidden lust, the fourth single released from his massively successful album “Born In The USA,”shot up to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

The Weeklings envision "I'm On Fire" in a different way, belying the sinister lyric with a bright, cheerful uptempo groove. This marks the first time The Weeklings recorded a song from Springsteen's catalog.

They are best known as America's most unique celebration of the music and muse of The Beatles. Live performances include explosive renditions of Beatles classics, re-imagined versions of Beatles fan faves, ’60s garage and power-pop remakes, and Beatles-inspired power-pop originals.

However, Glen is certainly no stranger to Bruce. They frequently performed together when The Boss would sit in at the Stone Pony with Cats on a Smooth Surface, which happened nearly every Sunday in the Summer of ’ 82.

The Weeklings’ collective resume is astounding. Individually, members  have played with Styx, Beatlemania on Broadway, Dave Mason, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, ELO Part 2, Liverpool and more. Three of the them are in another band that has some E Street magic, Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.

You can hear The Weeklings nationally on SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage, The Beatles Channel, The Loft, E Street Radio and on independent terrestrial and internet stations around the world. And you can see them live July 14, Somers Point Beach Concert Series; July 20, Alexrod Performing Arts Center, Deal; Aug. 24, Hamilton House Concerts, Staten Island, N.Y.;  Oct. 4, Hall of Records, Freehold; Oct. 13, South Orange Performing Arts Center; Nov. 3, Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, and Nov. 24, New Hope Winery.

For more, visit http://www.weeklings.com.



 
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Bob Makin has produced Makin Waves since 1988. Follow Makin Waves on Facebook and contact Bob at makinwaves64@yahoo.com


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