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Like the bad guy in a Springsteen song... (3.33)

Chuck: Axelrod has never made a move as brazen, as public as looting a working class town.

Bryan: Yeah, now he's like the bad guy in a Springsteen song.

Chuck: Exactly so. Oh, he's the boss man closing down the factory and kicking Johnny 99 to the street. We're going to attack.

Johnny 99 is a song written and recorded by rock musician Bruce Springsteen, which first appeared on Springsteen's 1982 solo album Nebraska. In Johnny 99 Springsteen sings about an auto worker who gets laid off in Mahwah, New Jersey and shoots and kills a night clerk while drunk and distraught. As a result, he is apprehended and is sentenced to 99 years in prison, but requests to be executed instead. On the song, Springsteen is accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, although he doubles on harmonica as well. Despite the bleakness of the song's themes - including unemployment, poverty, robbery, murder and possibly execution - the tune is ironically jaunty, with a shuffling rockabilly beat.

Real Meeting Across the River shit... (4.15)

Chuck: Information like this is never free. There's bribes and payoffs under it.

Tonelle Burton: Real Meeting Across the River shit. …What, only white men can listen to The Boss?

Chuck: Oh, not at all. No. In fact, like the main character in that deep cut, Axe is not gonna win here. Something has to tie back to him.

Meeting Across the River is the seventh track on Bruce Springsteen's breakthrough 1975 album, Born to Run; it also appeared as the B-side of Born to Run, the lead single from that album. The song is often paired with Jungleland in concert, though without the Randy Brecker trumpet part from the record and with regular bass guitarist Garry Tallent.