Bleachers - Chinatown

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Coverinfo

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Songinfo

Bleachers is an American indie pop act based in New Jersey. It is the official stage name of songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff, who is also part of the bands Steel Train, Fun, and Red Hearse. Bleachers' pop music is heavily influenced by the late '80s, early '90s and the high school-based films of John Hughes while still using modern production techniques. 
Bruce is singing backing vocals on Bleachers' Chinatown and appears in the official video. Both 'Chinatown' and another new Bleachers song '45' was released on november 16th 2020 and are expected to be part of a new album in 2021.
 
 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Jack Antonoff on Springsteen:
 
" He is the artist who showed me that the sound of the place I am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world."
 
2017 interview with Pitchfork Antonoff :
 
"I heard Bruce after I had discovered the punk music that was coming out in New Jersey, and I thought his music sounded like the cohesive version of all those punk songs, in the most simple way. All the content was exactly the same."
... what I really connect with is this Springsteen or Robyn mentality of songwriting, where one person’s dancing to it, and another person's weeping to it. That’s a big Jersey thing, where it’s all so huge — whether it’s Springsteen or the punk music I grew up listening to — and then in those lyrics there’s this hell."
 
Antonoff’s official statement about the new songs:

"chinatown" starts in NYC and travels to new jersey. That pull back to the place I am from mixed with terror of falling in love again. Having to show your cards to someone and the shock when you see them for yourself. Thinking you know yourself and where you are from… Having to see yourself through somebody who you want to stay… I started to write this song with these ideas ringing in my head. To further understand who you are pushes you to further understand where you are from and what that looks and sounds like. There are pieces in that that are worth carrying forever and pieces worth letting die. “chinatown” and “45” are both the story of this — “chinatown” through someone else, “45” through the mirror. As for bruce, it’s the honor of a lifetime to be joined by him. He is the artist who showed me that the sound of the place I am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world. 
 

Lyrics

Jack Antonoff
 
Get in my backseat, honeypie
And I'll wear your sadness like it's mine
'Cause it's just good to feel what's been missing
Yeah, it's bad when it's good to always be missing

Chorus
 
But a girl like you
Could rip me out of my head
Black tears on your cheek
I want them in my bed
I'll take you out of the city
Honey, right into the shadow
Because I wanna find tomorrow
Yeah, I wanna find tomorrow
With a girl like you
You're my Chinatown baby
Sittin' on the front stoop
Crying out the crazy
I'll take you out of the city
Honey, right into the shadow
Because I wanna find tomorrow
Yeah, I wanna find tomorrow with you, baby

Jack Antonoff
 
Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme that big red light
And take the sadness out of Saturday night
'Cause that's just good to have what was missing
We were bad to be bad, to always be missing


Bruce and Jack Antonoff
 
But a girl like you
Could rip me out of my head
Black tears on your cheek
I want them in my bed
I'll take you out of the city
Honey, right into the shadow
'Cause I wanna find tomorrow
Yeah, I wanna find tomorrow
With a girl like you
You're my Chinatown baby
Sittin' on your front stoop
Crying out the crazy
I'll take you out of the city
Honey, right into the shadow
Because I wanna find tomorrow
Yeah, I wanna find tomorrow with you, baby

Bruce and Jack Antonoff
 
I wanna run
I wanna run
I love to chase every feeling
I wanna run
I wanna run
I wanna run
'Cause I wanna find tomorrow with you, baby
Oh, oh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, oh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah