Jesse Malin - Broken Radio

First performance: 16/01/2010


Bruce performed the song 3 times: Always together with Jesse Malin
2020-01-18 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
Bruce makes his appearance at the twentieth anniversary edition of the Light Of Day Benefit. As usual, he briefly joins Jesse Malin and Willie Nile during their performances before playing a full set with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.

© photo Frederic Guyot   

2011-01-15 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
Bruce guests at the 11th annual Light Of Day benefit for Parkinson's disease. Springsteen joins Jesse Malin.
2010-01-16 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
Bruce guests at Light of Day 10, joining Jesse Malin 


Broken Radio is a song written by Jesse Malin and released on his 2007 album Glitter In The Gutter. Bruce  contributed to the studio recording of the song, sharing backing and some lead vocals on the song. His parts were recorded in August 2006 at Thrill Hill East, Springsteen's home studio in Rumson, NJ. Jesse Malin was present at the Thrill Hill East recording sessions, but it seems that his parts were recorded earlier at a different location with the band. "He drove up on his motorcycle and banged it out," Jesse Malin told the Asbury Park Press of Springsteen, "The guy just sang his heart out." The album was released on 20 Mar 2007. Bruce Springsteen appears in the official music video for Broken Radio. He joined Jesse Malin for the filming of the video for on 18 Apr 2007 at Soundstage in New York City, NY. The video was released in May 2007. It shows shots of Tompkins Square Park and East Village in New York intercepted with frames of Malin and Springsteen at the microphone. A "new version" of the video, consisting only of the Malin and Springsteen footage, was released in August 2007. The video, or at least the new version of it, was directed by Danny Clinch. 


Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Malin contributed to two cover albums, first he covered "Hungry Heart" for Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and then he recorded a cover of The Clash's "Death Or Glory" on the tribute White Riot Vol. 2: A Tribute to The Clash. By November 2003 he was back in the studio recording tracks his second album, The Heat, which was released in June 2004. Malin's album, Glitter in the Gutter was released on March 20, 2007. It featured a duet with Bruce Springsteen on "Broken Radio." A music video was also made to accompany "Broken Radio." 


I was thinking about another time still in my mind
When I used to know a little girl high on this world
Your baby loves you more than you know
Raised on rivalry and rock 'n' roll
Moving to the Motor City soul
She lets go
On the radio
Well we never had a lot of cash
But we loved those kids
Some say that she missed the boat
But she just burned the bridge
The angels love you more than you know
Raised on robbery and rock 'n' roll
Moving to the Motor City soul
She takes hold
On the radio
Stomach ache Sundays
And books we never read
Well I was hoping one day
We might meet again
She used to talk about astrology
She was born in June
She danced with strangers and celebrities
Empty stars and the full moon
I was thinking about the universe
For what its worth
Or the one about the Phoenix bird
That died and then returned
The angels love you more than you know
Raised on robbery and rock' n roll
Moving to the Motor City soul
Moving to the Motor City soul
Sometimes I see her face
When there's no place to go
On the radio
On the radio
On the radio
Broken radio