For most of our lives, we've been confused by NJ's favorite son, Bruce Springsteen: we didn't know how to reconcile his lofty, ambitious lyrics, the tragi-comic stories about everymen and women working dead-end jobs at factories, with his joyous, uninhibited Phil Spector-by-way-of-Mitch Ryder musical accompaniment. Do glockenspiels really belong in the same song as blue collars?

But if you were ever on the fence, you may be swayed over to The Boss's side once you hear the masterful reissue of Darkness On The Edge of Town, and it's brand-new sister album, The Promise, which is filled with some of his finest could-have-been-hit-singles. Springsteen and the E-Street Band played a surprise, intimate show in Asbury Park at the tiny Carousel House last week, performing highlights from the new release. You can see an awesome video of that show below, including “Racing in the Street (’78),” “Gotta Get that Feeling,” “Ain’t Good Enough For You,” lost classic “The Promise," and “Blue Christmas.”

And our favorite Springsteen joke, courtesy of music reviewer Mark Prindle:

What's the difference between Bruce Springsteen and a dog?
A dog has a legitimate reason for wearing a blue collar.