Blinded by the Light: What Bruce Springsteen songs appear in the new film?

8 August 2019, 10:00 | Updated: 15 September 2023, 14:56

Bruce Springsteen
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Blinded by the Light is released at cinemas on Friday (August 9), and we can't wait to hear some Bruce Springsteen classics on the big screen.

But what is the film about and what Bruce Springsteen songs will appear? Here's your handy guide:

  1. Blinded by the Light trailer: Is there a teaser video?

    There is indeed!

    Watch the full-length trailer for the movie above.

  2. Blinded by the Light plot: What is the film about and what inspired it?

    Blinded by the Light
    Picture: Entertainment One/Warner Bros

    The film is centred around Javed (played by Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani origin, growing up in Luton in 1987.

    While dealing with the racial and economic problems of the era, he writes poetry in the hope of escaping any intolerances and the tough traditions of his father.

    However, when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed compares his working-class life in The Boss's lyrics, and uses it to push forward in life.

    The film is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, and his love of Bruce Springsteen. Manzoor co-wrote the script, with director Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges.

    It is based on Manzoor's book Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll.

  3. Blinded by the Light soundtrack: What songs appear?

    Blinded By The Light soundtrack
    Picture: Columbia/Legacy

    The film's score is by renowned Indian composer AR Rahman, who previously worked on the films Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and many others.

    The official soundtrack - also released on August 9 - will feature 12 Bruce Springsteen songs, including two brand new tracks.

    The full tracklisting is:

    “Ode to Javed/Javed’s Poem,” A.R. Rahman
    “It’s a Sin,” Pet Shop Boys
    “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.,” a-ha
    “The Boss of Us All” (dialogue)
    “Dancing in the Dark,” Bruce Springsteen
    “You Should Be Listening to Our Music” (dialogue)
    “I Never Knew Music Could Be Like This” (dialogue)
    “The River,” Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The “No Nukes” concert at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sept. 21, 1079)
    “Number One Paki Film” (dialogue)
    “Badlands,” Bruce Springsteen
    “Cover Me,” Bruce Springsteen
    “Thunder Road,” Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 18, 1975)
    “Get Outta My Way Fascist Pigs,” Amer Chadha-Patel
    “Do It for Me” (dialogue)
    “Prove It All Night,” Bruce Springsteen
    “Hungry Heart,” Bruce Springsteen
    “You, Me … and Bruce” (dialogue)
    “Because the Night,” Bruce Springsteen
    “Maar Chadapa,” Heera
    “The Promised Land,” Bruce Springsteen (Live at the Concert for Valor at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11, 2014)
    “Blinded by the Light,” Bruce Springsteen
    “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen
    “I’ll Stand by You,” Bruce Springsteen
    “For You My Love,” A.R. Rahman

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