Although Dacus considers The Boss one of her earliest role models, she chose to put her own spin on the Born in the U.S.A. smash. Instead of the signature synth line that runs through Springsteen’s 1984 original, Dacus flaunts her nimble guitar work.
In a statement, the boygenius member spoke about Springsteen’s impact on her music, and her dad, who also happens to be a major fan,
“Happy birthday to Bruce, but also happy birthday to my dad, the biggest Bruce fan I know and the reason I’ve listened to The Boss since birth. I resisted it when I was younger as a rebellion to my dad’s taste, but I have come to love his music on my own time. His lyricism is embedded in my own songwriting inextricably at this point.”
Stream Dacus’ “Dancing in the Dark” reworking below.
Today’s cover is the latest entry in Dacus’ year-long singles project, 2019. It follows July’s “Forever Half Mast” and “My Mother & I” from April. All the singles will later be collected on a physical EP due out in the fall.