“Dancing In The Dark” was the first single released from Bruce Springsteen’s huge 1984 album, Born In The U.S.A.
It’s a very fast, driven song in comparison to a lot of Springsteen’s more guitar orientated rock music, with a restless, frantic feel.
The main riff of the song is provided by a brass synth, with a heavy snare keeping time.
The song doesn’t have the sunniest outlook on things, but in some ways that makes it more effective. Although it’s a song about a deep dissatisfaction with life, it also acknowledges that life isn’t always perfect. He just wants to get out the house and have fun. I mean, who doesn’t?
Allegedly the song was written when his manager got on his back about writing a hit song and Springsteen stormed off and wrote this.
In any case, the song certainly feels energetic and upbeat if you don’t pay too much attention to the lyrics. It’s one of my favourites, and a fine performance from Springsteen.