CLUB SOUL CITY

Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version


Pack up your bags, don't look back
There's a little place out 'cross the railroad tracks
If you're broken-hearted, and you don't know what to do
But they got a place down there that's just for you

Club Soul, Club Soul City, yeah yeah yeah
Club Soul, Club Soul City, oh yeah

There's a waitress at the back bar, goes with the guy that runs the place (yeah, she does)
She's got hair like a weeping willow and tears running down her face (every day)
She's seen a lot of guys like you coming around (I've seen tears in her eyes)
Looking for something that they've lost, or trying to lose something that they've found
Down at

Club Soul, Club Soul City, yeah yeah yeah
Club Soul, Club Soul City, oh yeah

So if you're down on your spirit and there ain't no one who cares
If you're lost and you're lonely, you won't be lonely down there (oh no)
You can't miss it, it's just up the highway, on the front door there's a sign that says
Restricted to the losing kind

Club Soul, Club Soul City, yeah yeah yeah
Club Soul, Club Soul City, oh yeah
Club Soul, Club Soul City, yeah yeah yeah
Club Soul, Club Soul City, oh yeah
Club Soul... [fades out]


Info

CLUB SOUL CITY is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and donated to Gary U.S. Bonds. See Bruce Springsteen's home demo version for more details.

Gary U.S. Bonds recorded CLUB SOUL CITY for his 1982 album On The Line. It's one of eight songs on the album that were produced by Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt. It was recorded in January or February 1982 at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sessions for Gary U.S. Bonds from which the recording sessions Born In The U.S.A. flowed.

The above lyrics are for Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version of CLUB SOUL CITY.

Other Studio Versions

According to Brucebase, a Bruce Springsteen vocal rendition of CLUB SOUL CITY was likely recorded at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during the January-February 1982 recording sessions with Gary U.S. Bonds – it's the same core recording with the E Street Band that's found on the Bonds album, but with the Springsteen lead vocal overdub.

On The Line

Gary U.S. Bonds released two studio albums and several hit singles in 1961 and 1962, three of which were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Success was short-lived and Bonds relegated to playing the oldies circuit. In the early eighties, his career resurrected with two collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band: Dedication in 1981 and On The Line in 1982.

On The Line is Gary U.S. Bonds' fourth studio album, released in June 1982 on EMI America Records. The musicians backing Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band. The album includes seven songs written by Bruce Springsteen (HOLD ON (TO WHAT YOU GOT), OUT OF WORK, CLUB SOUL CITY, LOVE'S ON THE LINE, RENDEZVOUS, ANGELYNE, and ALL I NEED), one written by Steve Van Zandt, one written by Wayne Carson, and two written by Bonds and Gary L. Anderson. Although Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt are credited as co-producers of all of the album's 11 tracks, Springsteen was actually involved in only eight of them: the seven that he wrote plus The Box Tops' hit SOUL DEEP. Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on the album but he did directly participate, along with the E Street Band, on most of these eight tracks.

The 1991 reissue of On The Line on the Razor Edge label includes album liner note by Gary U.S. Bonds himself. He wrote that they "also recorded three additional cuts for the album which were never mixed including 'Action In The Street', a Springsteen song which I still do in my live shows." The three tracks are ACTION IN THE STREETS, LION'S DEN, and SAVIN' UP.

On The Line produced one single, OUT OF WORK which nearly reached the Top 20, but the album flopped and Bonds was dropped by his label.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- On The Line
Gary U.S. Bonds -- On The Line

LP - EMI America (SO-17068) - USA, 1982

On The Line was re-released in 1992 on the Razor Edge label (catalog number RE-1988-2).

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on the On The Line album, CLUB SOUL CITY was also included a few more official releases.

Various artists -- Cover Me
Various artists -- Cover Me

LP - Rhino (RNIN 70700) - USA, 1986
MC - Rhino (RNIC 70700) - USA, 1986

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was reissued in 1989 under the same title. It includes one track not found on the 1989 reissue and is missing three tracks found only on the 1989 reissue.
Various artists -- Cover Me
Various artists -- Cover Me

CD - Rhino (R2 70700) - USA, 1989

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It's a reissue of the 1986 release of the same title. It includes three tracks not found on the 1989 reissue and is missing one track found only on the 1986 release.
Canned Heat / Gary U.S. Bonds -- Il Rock (album cover art)
Canned Heat / Gary U.S. Bonds -- Il Rock

LP - EMI (IGDA-1159/60) - Italy, 1990

This is a dual/split artist LP with five Canned Heat songs and one Gary U.S. Bonds song on side A and five Gary U.S. Bonds songs on side B. The six Bonds tracks are the first six from his One The Line album. This special pressing was available exclusively with an issue of Italian magazine "Il Rock".
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City (album cover art)
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City

CD - Disky (DC 881852) - Holland, 1998

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album consisting of 20 tracks from the Dedication (9 of the album's 10 tracks) and On The Line (all of the album's 11 tracks).

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Some of the above info about the studio recordings is taken from Brucebase.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans or info about any official release containing Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version of CLUB SOUL CITY that's not mentioned on this page.

Bruce Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on On The Line album but this may not be completely true. It has been reported that he contributed backing vocals and guitar on some tracks. Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of CLUB SOUL CITY on this website:

CLUB SOUL CITY [Home demo version]
CLUB SOUL CITY [21 Jun 1992 sound-check version]
CLUB SOUL CITY [Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version]
CLUB SOUL CITY [Killer Joe's cover version]

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