Springsteen to release album of TV theme song covers

class=img_thumbleft>Habitues of fan sites like Greasy Lake and Backstreets have already heard the buzz about a forthcoming Bruce Springsteen record, and as of this morning it's official: Next month (April 25, to be exact), Springsteen will release

The Youngest One in Curls: The TV Tunes

. The album's 13 tracks will include beloved standards such as "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" and "Ain't We Lucky We Got 'Em (Good Times)" as well as interpretive readings of less-familiar classics: a calypso version of the Patridge Family's "Come On, Get Happy!" and a rockabilly rendition of Donny Hathaway's "And Then There's Maude," which Springsteen calls "sort of a pre-feminist anthem." (Purchasers of the DualDisc format will get two extra tracks, including Springsteen's first whistling duet, with Steve Van Zandt on "The Andy Griffith Theme.")

"I was watching a lot of old TV shows with my kids," said Springsteen from his New Jersey home, "and I was just struck by how enduring some of those old theme songs are. 'These happy days are yours and mine' speaks in some fashion to a dream a lot of people still harbored in the '70s, even after the idealism of the '60s had started to turn back on itself and die away. 'Green acres is the place to be,' same thing. It captures a strain of agrarian utopianism that has very deep roots in America.

"As an artist, it's my job to preserve a little bit of that if I can."

Springsteen is expected to follow with a short tour beginning in May, backed by a satellite dish, 13-inch Magnavox, and remote control. "We're looking at small venues, mostly," he added. "Places with that living room sound, that living room feel."

Read the press release.

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