Bruce Springsteen has long been hailed as the champion of the working man. Right?
So it’s no surprise fans of The Boss were surprised when he offered a greatest hits collection exclusively through Walmart. Yes, the same Walmart that has been criticized for everything from the chain’s impact on ma & pa stores, to labor practices, to selling products produced in countries by factory workers barely making livable wages.
So a Walmart Bruce exclusive was hardly in keeping with the man’s blue-collar persona.
To be fair, the collection didn’t include anything that hadn’t appeared on past anthologies. That is, everything except “Radio Nowhere,” which originally appeared on his 2007 album, Magic.
Now Springsteen is saying the Walmart deal was a mistake.
In an interview in the Sunday edition of The New York Times, Springsteen says his team didn’t study the deal as closely as they should have and that he “dropped the ball on it.”
“It was a mistake,” he told the Times. Our batting average is usually very good, but we missed that one. Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be.”