Jerry Lee Lewis  - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

First performance: 14/08/1978


Coverinfo

Bruce played the song 24 times:
 
1978-09-20 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ
 
Bruce soundchecked the song during a fascinating soundcheck, taped from outside the venue before the show. In the middle of a three-night stand at the Capitol, Bruce works through several Hank Williams and other classics .
 
 
 
 
  •  Darkness on the edge of town tour as opener of the shows..

1978-08-14 - HAMPTON ROADS COLISEUM, HAMPTON, VA
First known "High School Confidential" to start off the show.
1978-08-23 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-11-12 - RPI FIELD HOUSE, RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, TROY, NY
1978-11-14 - UTICA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, UTICA, NY
1978-11-17 - MUNN ICE ARENA, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING, MI
1978-11-27 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI
1978-12-03 - SIU ARENA, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CARBONDALE, IL

  • The river tour 
1980-10-14 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI
Sound-checked but not played during the show.
During the 1981 part of the tour, the song was included at 9 times in the DETROIT MEDLEY.
1981-02-16 - LAKELAND CIVIC CENTER, LAKELAND, FL
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential", "Good Rockin' Tonight"
1981-02-18 - JACKSONVILLE VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential"
1981-02-22 - CAROLINA COLISEUM, COLUMBIA, SC
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential"
1981-02-26 - NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NASHVILLE, TN
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential" and Fats Domino's "I'm Ready". 
1981-04-19 - PALAIS DES SPORTS DE SAINT-OUEN, PARIS, FRANCE
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential"
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential"  
1981-05-08 - JOHANNESHOVS ISSTADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
"Detroit Medley" includes both "High School Confidential" and "Land Of 1000 Dances".
1981-05-16 - EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential"
1981-05-27 - THE BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
"Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential"

  • Born in the USA tour 

1984-10-31 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1985-09-24 - MILE HIGH STADIUM, DENVER, CO
A " Travelin' Band "/"High School Confidential" medley closes the set.

  • Tunnel of Love tour
1988-03-13 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
Soundcheck
 
  • Off tour 

1979-06-03 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (Marc Brickman wedding reception)
Wedding of Marc Brickman to June Rudley, Bruce's lighting director and travel agent respectively. Springsteen and members of the band join Rickie Lee Jones and Boz Scaggs for a three hour celebration at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. They play for three hours, a mixture of classic covers and Springsteen originals.
 
1982-05-29 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Beaver Brown)
With Beaver Brown. Southside Johnny guests on "High School Confidential".

1995-03-24 - HOUSE OF BLUES, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (The Blasters)
Springsteen guests with The Blasters. Bruce plays guitar, but no vocals. "We played this gig at the House of Blues and Bruce Springsteen was there. I didn't know much about how he could play guitar, but Man! He knew all the Blaster tunes! Springsteen was playin' great! The show was already sold out when Springsteen got there, the management was excited, and all the buzz was going on. Later, the House of Blues guys called and said they wanted us back by popular demand. So we got the idea to make a live record and call it The Blasters Live at the House of Blues." 
 

Songinfo

"High School Confidential" is a 1958 song written by Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Hargrave (and copyrighted in both their names on January 28, 1958) as the title song of the MGM movie of the same name directed by Jack Arnold. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a live version of the song with the British band The Nashville Teens on the landmark 1964 live album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, regarded critically as one of the greatest live albums in rock and roll history. "High School Confidential" was performed live on a 1983 Dick Clark TV special featuring Jerry Lee Lewis on piano and vocals, Keith Richards on guitar, Mick Fleetwood on drums, and Gary Busey on vocals.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist


" Oh my God, you know, that can reduce me to tears now. It was so much. It was "Working Man's Blues" – stoic recognition of everyday reality, and the small and big things that allow you to put a foot in front of the other and get you through. I found that Country's fatalism attracted me. It was reflective. It was funny. It was soulful. But it was quite fatalistic. Tomorrow looked pretty dark. And the one thing it rarely was, it was rarely politically angry, and it was rarely politically critical. And I realized that that fatalism had a toxic element. If rock and roll was a seven–day weekend, country was Saturday night hell–raising, followed by heavy "Sunday Morning Coming Down." Guilt, guilt, guilt, I fucked up. Oh, my God. But, as the song says: Would you take another chance on me? That was Country. Country seemed, not to question why. It seemed like it was about doing, then dying, screwing, then crying, boozing, then trying, Then as Jerry Lee Lewis, the living, breathing personification of both rock and country said, "I've fallen to the bottom and I'm working my way down."


Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Pink cadillac as a duet with Bruce Springsteen. He released it on his Last Man Standing album on 26 Sep 2006 (U.S. release date). Springsteen shares harmony vocals on the track. Around November 2003, Springsteen overdubbed backing vocals for the Jerry Lee Lewis cover of Springsteen's own Pink Cadillac. The basic track had been recorded by Lewis in another studio some months earlier, and Bruce merely added his parts at Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio) in Rumson, NJ. His contribution was one of the first completed for a work-in-progress album that turned out to be the much-delayed album Last Man Standing, released in September 2006. Last Man Standing consists of duets between Lewis and some of the biggest names in music, past and present. The title derives from the generation of 1950's Sun Studios recording artists such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, all of whom had died, leaving Lewis the "last man standing".
 
 
 

Lyrics

You better open up honey its your lover boy me that's a knockin'
You better listen to me sugar all the cats are at the High School rockin'
Honey get your boppin' shoes
Before the juke box blows a fuse
Got everybody hoppin' everybody boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
I've rollin' at the High School Hop
I've been movin' at the High School Hop
Everybody's hoppin' Everybody's boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop

Come on little baby gonna rock a little bit tonight
Woooh I got get with you sugar gonna shake things up tonight
Check out the heart beatin' rhythm cause my feet are moving smooth and light
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
Rollin' at the High School Hop
Movin' at the High School Hop
Everybody's hoppin' just a boppin' just a boppin'
Piano Solo!

Come on little baby let me give a piece good news good news good news
Jerry Lee is going to rock away all his blues
My hearts beatin' rhythm and my soul is singin' the blues
Oooooh Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
Rollin' at the High School Hop
Gettin' it at the High School Hop
Everybodys hoppin' Everybody's boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Solo Time!

Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
Rollin' at the High School Hop
Movin' at the High School Hop
Well everybody's hoppin' Everybody's boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop