I Don't Want To Go Home...
Released: Mar 1976
Southside Johnny's debut came out the same year as his pal Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run. The E Street connections don't stop there. The Boss contributed two compositions: "The Fever" and "You Mean So Much to Me"; guitarist Steve Van Zandt added a couple more songwriting credits and also served as producer. Helping establish the Jersey Shore Sound, this record is a punchy mix of horn-laden blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, and late-night bar rock. The Jukes are well oiled. Johnny, meanwhile, obviously spent countless hours honing his chops to the sounds emanating from his transistor radio.