Murder Incorporated

Album: Greatest Hits (1995)
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Songfacts®:

  • 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.

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 21st 1995, for the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band, the venue was the Tramps Nightclub in New York City...
    "Murder Incorporated" would be the first song performed in a thirteen song set...
    Thirty-five years earlier in 1960 Peter Falk would receive a 'Best Supporting Actor'* nomination for the movie 'Murder, Inc.'...
    * Lost to another Peter; Peter Ustinov for 'Spartacus'.
  • Aaron from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MalaysiaIn my opinion, if Bruce actually fitted in this hit in the Born In The USA album. I think it will be without a doubt his 1st No.1 hit!
  • Matthew from Milford, MaCorporate assassinations... yeah, I can see it happening. You ever heard the phrase, "make it look like an accident"?
  • Ken from Oswego, IlDoes anything it may actually been referencing the actual Murder Inc of the 30's-40's mob era?
  • Reed from Hagerstown, Inan interesting side-note on my part: about a week ago, i was researching the death penalty online for a school project and at the same time, i was listening to my bruce springsteen's greatest hits that i had just ripped onto my computer. as i was reading about the death penalty, i double-clicked on the song 'secret garden', but instead, 'murder inc.' started playing. as it turns out, the song names had been switched when my computer ripped it and i didnt notice it until then. very ironic, huh?......
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