Pod Dylan #37 – Hurricane


Episode 37 - HURRICANE

Rob welcomes long time Nuclear Sub Corey Hodgdon to talk about "Hurricane", the controversial opening track to Bob Dylan's 1976 album DESIRE.

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7 responses to “Pod Dylan #37 – Hurricane

  1. This has always been one of my favorite Dylan songs, like perennial Top 10.

    And I’m glad you mentioned its inclusion in the film DAZED AND CONFUSED because that was where I discovered the song. Matthew McConaughey’s ever-so-slightly slow motion walk through the pool hall flanked by Jeremy London and some other guy… Amazing!

      1. Ryan—In 1995 hearing Dylan songs in movies was still a little on the rare side (for me at least), so hearing “Hurricane” blaring during that scene was really memorable. I think I’ve only seen D&C twice, the last time many years ago, but the scene in the YT video feels like I just saw the movie yesterday. Particularly well shot sequence by Linklater, who followed this movie up with my favorite movie of all time!

  2. A terrific song from a great album. DESIRE was the followup to possibly my favorite album BLOOD ON THE TRACKS. It has a different sound from anything he ever did, and had a bunch of descriptive songs that sound like each song could be made into a movie. I still love it.

    1. Thanks Pat. yes, DESIRE is very cinematic as you say. I’ve heard “Black Diamond Bay” a couple of hundred times and I feel like I still find new moments in it. Thanks for listening!

  3. I remember hearing this story, and I’m vaguely familiar with the song, probably from Dazed and Confused more than anything else.

    It’s interesting that you point out Dylan wrote several songs about prisoners who were wrongly convicted. Johnny Cash tended to write songs about prisoners who were justly convicted, and the regret they later felt.

    Great episode!


    1. Interesting observation about Dylan v Cash and their respective prisoner songs. I never thought of it that way, but yeah!

      Dylan tends to be more sympathetic towards those who ARE guilty. On this very album there is a song called “Joey” (most people’s pick as worst on the record) that is about a real-life mobster Joey Gallo. Dylan paints him in pretty rosy terms, even though he was, from what I’ve read, a pretty bad guy.

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