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Bruce Springsteen – Cover Me (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 6th, 2012


“Cover Me” is an 1984 song, written and performed by American rock singer Bruce Springsteen. It was the second single released from his massively successful album Born in the U.S.A.

“Cover Me” was one of the first songs recorded for the lengthy set of sessions that produced the album, and in fact was recorded as a demo, as the song was to be given to disco queen Donna Summer. However, Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau heard the result and decided the combination of Springsteen’s rock impulse, fierce guitar solo, and a strong dance beat had hit potential, and so kept the song for the upcoming Springsteen album, not even bothering to re-record it. Donna Summer was given “Protection” instead. Springsteen even recorded a duet with Summer, but it was never released. Springsteen was still unsure about “Cover Me”, and Landau had to constantly argue to keep it included on the album.

The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts[1] in late summer 1984. It was the second of a record-tying seven Top 10 hit singles to be released from Born in the U.S.A.

No music video was made for the song.

Continuing the club play goal started with “Dancing in the Dark”, Arthur Baker created the 12-inch “Undercover Mix” of “Cover Me”. This was a large-scale transformation: a new bass line was cut, an unused backing vocal by industry legend Jocelyn Brown was restored, and reggae and dub elements were introduced. It was released on October 15, 1984.

As with the previous effort, the result displeased some of Springsteen’s more strait-laced fans, but did gain actual club play: the remix went to number 11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Cover Me (Undercover Mix) 6:11
Cover Me (Dub I) 4:10

Cover Me (Radio) 3:48
Cover Me (Dub II) 4:13

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Cover Me U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #7
1984 Cover Me U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #2
1984 Cover Me U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #11


Label: Columbia – 44 05087
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Pop/Rock
Style: Pop/Rock
Credits: Design – Andrea Klein
Photography By – Annie Leibovitz
Engineer [12″ Remix] – Toby Scott
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By – Bob Clearmountain
Producer [Original] – Bruce SpringsteenChuck PlotkinJon LandauSteve Van Zandt
Recorded By – Bill Scheniman
Remix, Producer [Additional 12″ Production] – Arthur Baker

Special versions from the Columbia Lp: “BORN IN THE U.S.A.” QC 38653
Track times are listed incorrectly on sleeve.

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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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21 Responses to “Bruce Springsteen – Cover Me (US 12″)”

  1. matt Says:

    thank you! thank you! thank you! i was holding my breath for this. are you psychic? this is my favorite single off the album. you have outdone yourself with this, Paul. first, Born In The USA, then Dancing In The Dark, and now this. the holy trifecta. you are a saint and a psychic.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol thank you Matt 🙂


  2. Patrick Says:

    I did not know there were 12′” mixes

    Thank you


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Patrick enjoy!


  3. Marc Says:

    You rock !!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Marc!


  4. Spring Says:

    Thank you Paul! Another day with a great guy in my ears! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring!


  5. The Doctor Says:

    I continue to be amazed at all of these 12″ versions you manage to dig up… I had no idea many of these even existed, and I used to haunt record stores and swapmeets for these back in the day!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank You 🙂


  6. Chwee Says:

    Looking for a lover who will cover me, cover me!!! THANKS! ~ Chwee


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Chwee!


  7. Giorgio-Greece Says:

    hey dj!!!!!!

    thank u very much!!!!!

    some of my favourite 80s tracks!!!!wow!!!!

    i think ‘i’m on fire’ these ‘glory days’!!!

    love u paul!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Giorgio 🙂


  8. ric Says:

    I can’t quite picture Donna doing this song. It’s too Bruce!
    Such a catchy song and an obvious second single. But of the seven singles, my fondest is possibly I’m On Fire. A sweaty lustful song delivered in such a cool way. Got me all hot and bothered under the collar!
    Thanks Paul for doing Bruce’s three 12″s. I can bury my three vinyls now…


    DanaDotCom Reply:

    I can totally hear Donna tearing up this track. The track Springsteen ended up giving her (which he played on) was “Protection” and she truly rocked it, as well. With Quincy Jones producing it it probably exhibited more sheen than grit, but nonetheless, it is a straight forward rock-n-roll number. To me, Donna always sounded best when she was expressing her inner rock chick, and those who are familiar with her catalogue are familiar with how much rock material she actually recorded. Her album “The Wanderer” is one of the best statements a female rocker has ever put on vinyl. Check it out if you haven’t–it’s brilliant! A few month after she passed away I was listening to a classic rock radio station here in Syracuse and inbetween ZZ Top and Foreigner was Donna’s “Hot Stuff”. It was so poetic, as it was the acknowledgement that she was indeed one of the best rock vocalists of her generation.


  9. lobashov Says:

    Thank you very much for singles Bruce Springsteen!
    Tell me please, how do I download Exposé – Point Of No Return? Links don’t work(((


  10. Gene Savage Says:

    Another exceptional rip!!! I never knew this existed, went looking for it, and discovered you had already posted last month. Perfect timing!! 🙂

    I’m always relieved when I find you’ve ripped a 12″ I’m looking for because I know the quality will be PERFECT. Thank you for the efforts you put into this rip; like all of your posts, it sounds fantastic!

    I assume you noticed whoever produced the original 12″ cut off the final bass note as it rang out. Isn’t that odd? I have to wonder if the original studio producer stopped the tape because they knew the album version was going to fade out, or if the 12″ remixer was just sloppy at the end… very interesting to a “detail nut” like me. THANK YOU for leaving just enough vinyl “noise” at the end for me to be 100% certain it’s the way the record ends, not a mistake on your end.

    Let’s face it: your production skills tend to be better than the production skills of some of the people who produced some of these original records. 😉

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are VERY appreciated.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Gene you are too kind 🙂 I am very picky about my vinyl rips and have gotten more so over time. I appreciate your honesty and I would love to see more comments from you.



  11. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. Another 12″ can be retired.


  12. Matt Says:

    Love hearing these again. Thanks


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