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Album: Greatest HitsReleased: 1995
Recorded in 1982 at the Born In The U.S.A. sessions, this was remixed by Bob Clearmountain in 1994 and finally released the next year on Greatest Hits.
At one time this was going to be the title track to Springsteen's 1984 album. He decided on Born In The U.S.A. instead.
The lyrics are about how murder has been incorporated into society to the point where violence is accepted.
Springsteen performed this in concert years before it was released.
The title was taken from a 1960 movie starring Peter Falk. Springsteen also got the title for his song "Badlands" from a movie.
The video was directed by Jonathan Demme. Springsteen wrote "Streets Of Philadelphia
" for Demme's movie, Philadelphia
, a year earlier.
The E Street Band performed together for the first time in seven years at the shoot for the video for this song. They played it six times during the shoot at Tramps in New York.