2009 is turning out to be the Year of the Boss, and January isn’t even over yet. Bruce Springsteen won a Golden Globe (his second) for “The Wrestler,” the closing-credits song for the Mickey Rourke comeback vehicle of the same name, and he’s a lock for an Oscar nod (nominations will be announced Thursday). He’s up for two Grammys for “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” (our vote for the best Springsteen song ever). He’s headlining tonight’s We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial (rumor is he’s doing “The Rising” and/or “This Land Is Your Land”). He’s playing the Super Bowl. He’s making his videogame debut with two songs on Guitar Hero World Tour. He’s the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He quietly released a new greatest-hits CD exclusively through Wal-Mart (say it ain’t so, Bruce). And we haven’t even mentioned his new album yet. Working On A Dream, the follow-up to 2007’s stellar Magic, will be released January 27. If you can’t wait to hear it until then, NPR will be streaming it here beginning tomorrow at 11:59 p.m.
“Girls In Their Summer Clothes” from Magic: