Friday, September 14, 2012

Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Covers week ends today and the song of the day for Friday, September 14, 2012 is 'Blinded by the Light', a 1976 #1 hit by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The original artist for 'Blinded by the Light' was Bruce Springsteen who released it on his 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

Manfred Mann is not the lead singer for this song, but he is the dude playing keyboards. I thought you should know that, so you can learn something important today. I've always been a fan of this version, and I do admit that I like this version better than Bruce's. Hold your horses, Springsteen fans. I like Bruce's music, but his original version of 'Blinded by the Light' is too slow and dull for me. Want to debate which one is better? Use the comment section below to share your two cents, but enjoy the song.


  1. Of course I love this version, (even though I was an early Springsteen adopter because I heard this one first). But the mangling of "cut loose like a deuce" is puzzling. On the other hand, the original has the essence of the funky 70's NY jazz vibe that compelled so many people toward early Bruce...

  2. This live version is better, because a few times he clearly says "revved up like a deuce," instead of the studio version which does sound like "wrapped up like a douche."

    Here's a fun version from the 2007 Live in Dublin DVD of Springtseen covering his own song with his Seeger Sessions band: